After the signings, WTF President Chungwon Choue, commented:
“I am proud to announce that the WTF has signed these important Memorandums of Understanding to work together and include new competitors and disciplines into taekwondo.
“As the WTF works towards its dream of taekwondo being included in the Paralympic Games in 2020, it is vital to have the support of – and for us to support and encourage – organisations who share our belief in sport for all and the values of self-discipline, respect and self-awareness.
“Para-taekwondo is fast becoming a popular sport globally and it is testament to how far the sport has spread since the inaugural Games in 2009 that the 59 medals handed out at the tournament were distributed amongst 20 different countries.”
The WTF is currently working alongside the Paralympic Family to gain Olympic and Paralympic Games inclusion for the taekwondo disciplines of Kyorugi and Poomsae.
Increasing para-taekwondo’s playing base will benefit this aim hugely and INAS and CPISRA will be valuable partners in connecting the WTF with new potential athletes.
Jean-Marie Ayer, Secretary General of the WTF, said:
“The signing with INAS and CPISRA is a very important step in the development of para-taekwondo activities. We wish to offer the value and benefits of playing taekwondo to as many people as possible and must expand our sport in order to achieve this.
“Organizations such as INAS and CPISRA provide extraordinary pathways towards sport for those who have intellectual and neurological differences. I believe our next steps are working with both of these great new partners to develop grass-roots programmes to nurture new disciplines within taekwondo.”
At the WTF Extraordinary Council meeting, also held the day before the WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships, the following decisions were made:
- Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, will hold the 2013 WTF World Cup Team Championships
- Aguascalientes, Mexico, will hold the 2014 WTF World Poomsae Taekwondo Championships and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, will hold the event in 2015
- Baku, Azerbaijan, will host the first ever WTF Cadet World Championships in 2014
- Chelyabinsk, Russia, will host the 2015 WTF World Taekwondo Championships
The WTF’s next milestones are the World Championships in Puebla, Mexico, in July, followed by the World Poomsae Taekwondo Championships in Bali, Indonesia, in October.