This past week, the Federação Brasileira de Parataekwondo announced creation of national headquarters and training facility. The training facility is called Centro de Treinamento de Paratekwondo, and located in room 4 of the Ginásio do Ibirapuera in São Paulo. The facility will provide free training and classes for sportspeople, both children and adults, with upper limb deficiencies.
Federação Brasileira de Parataekwondo President Alan Nascimento was quoted in a press release as saying, “This is a new space that provides, with the main objective, the practice of free way to sport. Therefore, we will be able to meet a demand of the population on several occasions, have no access to sport for lack of structure in places. Our function also will implement the work of integration.” He goes on to say, “In 2020, it will be the first time that parataekwondo will be part of the sports program at the Paralympic Games. In Brazil, we are still behind in matter of preparation of athletes for the championship. With the new office, we can speed up this process, improve the training of athletes and, of course, discover potential with athletes to represent our country in various competitions.”
A little over a year ago, the IPC announced their decision to include the sport on the program for the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo. Since then, Federação Brasileira de Parataekwondo has been taking steps to improve the visibility of the sport in the country, and improve the quality of the sport domestically. In November of last year, the country held its first parataekwondo festival in São Paulo with 205 competitors from across the country participating.