World Taekwondo sign MoU with Inas as Paralympic drive continues

By Duncan Mackay | Insidethegames

“June 17 – World Taekwondo has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Inas, the International Federation for sport for athletes with an intellectual disability, which could one day see them taking part in the sport at the Paralympics. … The agreement was signed at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne in a ceremony attended by Chungwon Choue, President of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), and Nick Parr, executive director of Inas. … The ceremony was witnessed by WTF secretary general Jean-Marie Ayer, members of the WTF Council, several WTF member national association presidents and secretaries general, and members of various WTF Committees. … Choue has made ensuring that the sport is included on the Paralympic programme for the 2020 Games – which will be held in either Istanbul, Madrid or Tokyo – one of his main priorities. …

“… ‘I am proud to announce that the WTF signed an MoU with the International Sport Federation for Para-athletes with Intellectual Disability to work together to include new competitors and disciplines into Para-taekwondo,” said Choue.’ … ‘Para-taekwondo is fast becoming a popular sport globally and it is testament to how far the sport has spread since the inaugural World Championships in 2009 that the 59 medals handed out at the [2013 World Championships] tournament [in Lausanne] were distributed amongst 20 different countries.’ …”

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