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31 athletes from 15 countries took part in 4th Pan-American Para-taekwondo Championships

 

31 athletes from 15 countries took part in 4th Pan-American Para-taekwondo Championships

Querétaro is set to play host to the fourth Pan American Para-Taekwondo Championships tomorrow as 31 athletes from 15 countries descend on the Mexican state.

 

The Championships will be the first competition this year to include classes for intellectually disabled (P20) athletes and athletes with a neurological impairment (P30).

 

Nicaragua, Peru and Honduras will all be making their Para-taekwondo championship debuts.

 

Athletes from Europe and Oceania are also due to compete, however, they will earn half as many ranking points as those from Pan America.

 

The Championships have been given a G4 ranking for athletes from Pan America and a G2 ranking for athletes from the rest of the world.

 

"The fourth Pan American Para-Taekwondo Championships is the latest example of our commitment to delivering regular, world-class competitions for our athletes and fans," said World Taekwondo Federation President Chungwon Choue.

 

"Para-taekwondo is growing dramatically around the world and each time we host a competition we are seeing new athletes from new countries compete.

 

"In Mexico we will see countries represented for the very first time.

 

"We will also see intellectually disabled athletes and athletes with a neurological impairment competing for the first time this year as we continue to ensure that our sport is truly a sport for all."

Two-time world silver medallist Gersson Mejia of Guatemala is among those set to compete at the Pan American Para-Taekwondo Championships ©WTF

 

The event will be the first continental Para-taekwondo championships to take place in the region since the announcement of the sport’s inclusion in the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games in March.

 

Notable athletes competing include two-time world silver medallist Gersson Mejia of Guatemala in the men’s K43 under 61 kilograms category.

 

The United States' Evan Medell, who won both the US Open and Canada Open earlier this year, will be vying for top honours in the men’s K44 over 75kg division.