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1st African Para-Taekwondo Championships postponed

WTF Para-Taekwondo 2015 WTF Para-Taekwondo 2015. Image credit: WTF Para-Taekwondo

Earlier today, WTF Para-Taekwondo announced that the 1st African Para-Taekwondo Championships had been postponed. The competition was originally scheduled to get underway on April 9 in Algiers, Algeria. They have yet to announce a new date for the event.

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Just yesterday, WTF Para-Taekwondo had said registration for the event was still open, and reminded people that classification would be available the day before competition got underway.  As of February of this year, only five African competitors were on WTF Para-Taekwondo’s classification list.  There were two competitors Ghana, Sharon Akwei and John Badu.  There were three competitors from Morocco, Faycal Lahssaini, Abdennour Elfedainy and Mohamed Lamniai.  There were no classified competitors from the host country.

 

The event was scheduled to be one of the first events in the world where ranking points were available, with the only previous available competition for points being the Canada Para-Taekwondo Open held in February.  The points system has been developed with the intention to use it in determining qualification for the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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