The WTF has made a big step for Para-Taekwondo athletes, according to an article posted this week in their official website, the World Taekwondo Federation has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the International Blind Sport Federation (IBSA) to promote taekwondo for blind athletes.
The signing was made between WTF President Chungwon Choue and IBSA President Ms. Jannie Hammershoi on November 24, 2013 at the Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel in Athens, Greece on the occasion of the 2013 IPC General Assembly.
As part of the MOU, the two sides agreed that the 2014 WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships will include poomsae competitions for athletes with a visual impairment and will be officially recognized by the IBSA.
The two sides also agreed to work together to encourage national associations for the promotion of para-taekwondo for visually impaired athletes.
Speaking after the singing of the MOU, WTF President Choue said:
“We are happy to have signed a MOU with the International Blind Sport Federation and look forward to learning from their expertise in how to best serve blind athletes.”
“The hope that taekwondo brings is limitless. It knows no boundaries and is hampered by no disability. There is no gender that it favors or age that it discriminates against. Taekwondo is truly a sport for all that inspires and empowers anyone that experiences it.”