The International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Association (IWAS) World Games 2015 welcomed 800 participants from 34 nations to the IWAS World Games from 26 September – 3 October, 2015. Sochi, Russia after hosting the Winter Paralympics 2014 hosted competitions in athletics, archery, arm wrestling, swimming, table tennis and taekwondo.
During the opening ceremony of IWAS World Games on Sunday, 27 September, 2015 spectators were presented with honorary guests of the Games. After that, titled Russian athletes, including para-taekwondo World Champions Mr. Spartak Gazzaev and Mr. Vladislav Krichfalushiy raised the National Flag of the Russian Federation.
IWAS Chief Executive Officer, Charmaine Hooper commented: “In the wake of the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi where almost 600 athletes participated, it was fantastic to welcome over 800 participants to the IWAS World Games in the same city just over a year on. The event proved to be a great contribution to the Paralympic Movement and added greatly to the momentum of Paralympic sport in the region and worldwide.”
Following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between IWAS and the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) and its inclusion as a demonstration sport in the IWAS World Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville, UK, last year (2014), Para-Taekwondo made its debut as a competition sport at the IWAS World Games in Sochi. The sport will also make its Paralympic Games debut in Tokyo 2020. For that time para-taekwondo competitions lasted for 2 days, during 1-2 October.
The final medal table of the Gameswas topped by host nation, Russia with a total haul of 323 medals, 123 of which were gold, and 20 medals totally earned in para-taekwondo.
Russia took the 1st teams overall place with 7 gold, 7 silver and 6 bronze medals. The other top 6 countries are: Azerbaijan (4 gold, 1 bronze medal), Turkey (2 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze medals), Iran (2 gold, 1 bronze medals), Kazakhstan (1 gold medal), Mongolia (1 silver and 3 bronze madals).