The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) announced that 121 athletes from a record 40 countries across all five IPC regions have registered to compete in the 5th WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships in Moscow, Russia.
record attendance at the Championships, which are scheduled for 21-22 June, 2014, reflects a steady rise in participation over the last five years, following a number of innovative measures introduced by the WTF to encourage more of its 206 member nations to engage in the sport. This year’s Championships will showcase the success of these reforms and highlight the global accessibility of para-taekwondo, with many participating athletes coming from countries that are traditionally underrepresented at the Paralympic Games such as Lesotho, Niger, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
WTF Secretary General Jean-Marie Ayer said, “This month’s Championships are set to be the most exciting and competitive we have ever seen. There will be a real depth of field with over 120 male and female athletes across three weight categories, competing in four classification classes during two days of intense competition.
“We have introduced new competition rules and scoring systems which will be implemented in Moscow to make the matches more dynamic and exciting for fans whilst continuing to ensure athletes’ safety. We believe that if we have the privilege of being included on the Paralympic programme, we will bring something special and distinctive to the Paralympic Games.”