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WTF Classification Committee meets in Canada

WTF Classification Committee meets in CanadaVANCOUVER, October 1, 2014 - The WTF Classification Committee met for a three-day meeting in Vancouver, Canada, this week as part of the WTF’s ongoing commitment to developing its Classification Rules to ensure fair and transparent competition.

Led by the WTF Head of Classification, Terrie Moore – a classification expert who co-authored the original IPC Classification Code and has been involved in para-sport for over 20 years – the WTF Classification Committee met to analyse the data collected from the 5thWTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships in Moscow and the 3rdPan American Para-Taekwondo Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico. The findings and conclusions drawn from the assessment of this data will be used to further improve and refine the WTF Classification Rules.

Speaking after the meeting, Terrie Moore said:

“I am very happy with the progress we made during this meeting. The WTF is 100% committed to enhancing its classification through ongoing evidence-based research and we are now moving towards a more sport-specific classification system.”

The WTF has made significant advancements in developing its Classification Rules in recent years having staged a series of research programmes designed to aid the creation of an evidence-based sport-specific classification system aligned with the IPC Classification Code.

WTF President Chungwon Choue added:

“Developing our Classification Rules is one of our number one priorities at the WTF and something we take very seriously. While it is our dream to be included in the Paralympic Programme – a dream we are working very hard to realise – we first and foremost have a responsibility to develop and improve the sport of para-taekwondo.

“We are doing everything we can to make the sport as fair, as competitive and as universal as possible. Our classification team is made up of very experienced and knowledgeable classifiers and researchers and I have no doubt that, working in collaboration with the IPC, they will deliver worldclass evidence-based sport-specific Classification Rules.”

Taekwondo, along with badminton, was put through to the final stage of the IPC's selection process as it draws up the programme for Tokyo 2020. The two non-Paralympic sports are among 24 competing to be admitted into the Games.

The IPC said today its final decision on what sports will make up the programme for the Paralympics will be made early next year at a Governing Board meeting scheduled to take place in Abu Dhabi from January 30 to February 1.