The registration for the first edition of Asian Para-Taekwondo Championships closed yesterday with 29 athletes from 10 countries having signed up to compete. The United States is sending at least two competitors, including Corbin Stacey.
The original deadline was March 15, but it was pushed back a week to give teams more time to nominate competitors. All athletes needed to be nominated by their national association, be classified before the competition starts, be at least 16-years-old, and hold a valid WTF Global Athlete Licence.
Competitors from Asia will get G4 World Ranking points, while competitors from outside the zone will get G2 World Ranking points. It will be one of the first events in the world where ranking points are available, with the only previous available competition for points being the Canada Para-Taekwondo Open held in February. The points system has been developed with the intention to use it in determining qualification for the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo.
Competition is scheduled to get underway on April 17 in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei at University of Taipei Tian-Mu Campus. The Championships will have four classes, K41, K42, K43 and K44, and six events. The men’s events include under 61 kilos, under 75 kilos and over 75 kilos. The women’s events include under 49 kilos, under 58 kilos and over 58 kilos. It is being organized by the Chinese Taipei Taekwondo Association, and is being promoted by the Asian Taekwondo Union.