The Para-Taekwondo Governing Board will be chaired by Mr. Koos Engelbrecht. Mr. Engelbrecht was the chairman of the WTF Para-Taekwondo Committee that worked on WTF’s successful bid for the inclusion on the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic programme.
Under the WTF Statutes, the chairman of the Para-Taekwondo Governing Board will automatically be an ex-officio WTF Council member.
In his acceptance letter, Mr. Engelbrecht said :
“It is an honor for me to be appointed as Chairman of the Para-Taekwondo Governing Board. This is a task I will take up to serve WTF and its members to the best of my ability. I am looking forward to working with the Para-Taekwondo Governing Board and continuing the development of para-taekwondo to become a leading sport in the Paralympic family.”
The Para-Taekwondo Governing Board is composed of the following members:
- Koos Engelbreacht, Chairman, South Africa
- Gabriel Fife, Member, USA
- David O’Sullivan, Member, Ireland
- Terrie Moore, Member, Canada
- Fernando Akilian, Member, Argentina
- Aleksandr Shlychkov, Member, Russia
- Steven Currie, Athlete Member, Australia
- Lisa Standeven, Athlete Member, Canada
WTF President Chungwon Choue said :
“The Para-Taekwondo Governing Board has been carefully selected to ensure that the WTF has a solid base to develop taekwondo as an all-inclusive sport and expand the competition formats to include athletes of all disabilities. Thier work will also be to perfect all aspects of the para-taekwondo kyorugi dicipline that will be featured on the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games programme.”