As known, in May of this year WTF enacted para-taekwondo bylaw. Following this, eight (8) members including two (2) athlete representatives has been appointed to the WTF Para-Taekwondo Governing Board.
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 program.
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 start working with the Para-Taekwondo Governing Board and continue the development of para-taekwondo to become a leading sport in the Paralympic family."
The composition of Para-Taekwondo Governing Board is following:
Mr. Koos Engelbrecht, Chairman, South Africa
Mr. Aleksandr Shlychkov, Member, Russia
Ms. Terrie Moore, Member, Canada
Prof. Fernando Akilian, Member, Argentina
Mr. Steven Currie, Athlete Member, Australia
Mrs. 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. Their work will also be to perfect all aspects of the para-taekwondo kyorugi dicipline that will be featured on the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games program."