On Wednesday, the Americas Paralympic Committee announced that para-taekwondo was one of the sports selected to be on the 2017 Parapan American Games program. The sport will be making its debut at this level at these Games, which will then be followed in 2020 where the sport will makes it debut on the Paralympic Games program.
WTF President Chungwon Choue was quoted in a press release by his organization as saying of the decision, “It is a huge honour to have been included in the Parapan American Games for the first time. At the WTF we have always been committed to making taekwondo a sport for all and to providing as many opportunities as possible to take part in the sport. Inclusion in the Parapan American Games reflects the progress we have made and will also allow us to engage with more people in the Pan American region than ever before.
“Para-taekwondo is a dynamic and exciting sport and is something completely different to what audiences will have seen at the Parapan American Games before. The Games will inspire even greater participation in para-taekwondo in the region and provide athletes with a chance to compete for vital ranking points ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. We look forward to working closely with the APC and Lima 2019 Organising Committee to ensure that we deliver the ultimate sporting experience for fans in 2019.”
The other sports chosen for the 2017 Parapan American Games include athletics, badminton, boccia, cycling, football 5-a-side, football 7-a-side, goalball, judo, powerlifting, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.