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WTF submits final application to the IPC

WTFsubmitsFinalApIPCToday, The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) has submitted its final application for inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

This final submission comes just a month after the 5th WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships which was held in Moscow with 123 athletes from 40 nations across five IPC regions registered for the event, with medals won from athletesof 24 of these countries.

"This is a historic moment for Para-taekwondo and for me personally," said WTF President Chungwon Choue. "Getting Para-taekwondo into the Paralympic Games is a personal passion of mine and priority number one for the WTF. We hope that the IPC Governing Board will see that we are committed to being a valuable and loyal partner and that the unique qualities of our sport will add real value to the Paralympic programme. We have been working very closely with the IPC and the IOSDs to make sure that the sport develops in line with best practices, but there is still room for further development. "We are focused on improving the quality, quantity and universality of the sport and we are confident that if we have the honour of being included on the Paralympic Programme, fans will be treated to a fair, safe and exciting spectacle in Tokyo in 2020. It is our aim to make Para-taekwondo as accessible to as many people around the world as possible and we have established a strong foundation to achieve that. We are working closely with our 206 MNAs (Member National Associations) to encourage and incentivise them to promote Para-taekwondo within their countries and realise the full potential of the sport. If we had the honour of being included in the Paralympic programme it would act as a catalyst for even greater growth. As the first combat sport in the Paralympic Games accessible to the full range of upper limb deficiency and arm amputee athletes, Para-taekwondo would open the Games to new audiences, new markets and a whole new generation of athletes."

During the IPC Governing Board's meeting in October 2014, the world governing body for the Paralympic Movement will review all 22 Paralympic sports before deciding upon a final programme for the Games.