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In 2005 the World Taekwondo Federation formed the Para-Taekwondo Committee in an effort to develop and promote Taekwondo to athletes of all disabilities.

Initially Para-Taekwondo focused on developing ‘kyorugi’ for limb deficiency and arm amputee athletes and the first WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships was held in 2009 in Baku, Azerbaijan on the occasion of the 2009 WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships.

Since 2009 the WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships has been held an additional three times, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Russia, 2012 in Santa Cruz, Aruba and 2013 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Participation in the Championships has been growing steadily.

On the occasion of the 4th WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships in 2013 a Para-Taekwondo Development Task Force consisting of Para-Taekwondo Committee members and invited guests from CPISRA and INAS met to discuss the future of Para-Taekwondo. Following their recommendations the decision was taken to expand Para-Taekwondo and make competitions on a world level available to athletes of all disabilities. Para-Taekwondo ‘Poomsae’ will be the competition format for athletes with Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual Disabilities (ID) or Visually Impaired (VI) athletes.




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