A total of 267 members of parliament supported the bill, while nine members of parliament were opposed.
Now that mixed martial arts, karate and Taekwondo are fully legalized, the safety of Canadian fighters in these sports is better protected.
This is also excellent news for Canadian athletes with Olympic aspirations in the sport of Taekwondo. Since Taekwondo became a full medal sport at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, team Canada has come away with two medals. At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Dominique Bosshart of Landmark, Manitoba won the bronze medal in the women’s 67+ kilogram heavyweight division and at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing Karine Sergerie of Sainte-Catherine, Quebec won the silver medal in the women’s 67 kilogram welterweight division.
It will also be interesting to see if today’s parliamentary ruling will improve Canada’s Taekwondo team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.