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World Taekwondo Federation Council enacted “WTF Para-Taekwondo Bylaw”

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

On Monday, the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) Council enacted “WTF Para-Taekwondo Bylaw” after it passe an e-vote by the council.



The Bylaw defines two types of disability Taekwondo, Para-Taekwondo and Deaf Taekwondo. “Para-Taekwondo is Taekwondo for persons with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities. Deaf-Taekwondo is Taekwondo for persons who are deaf.” The bylaws cover both types.


They also explain the Para-Taekwondo Governing Board (ParaGB), and its role in the  World Taekwondo Federation, with ParaGB reporting to the WTF Council, General Assembly and WTF President. ParaGB will have ten members who serve two-year terms, and members are tasked with governing both the Para and Deaf sides of the sport as part of the WTF.  The document goes on to define how members are chosen and what the role for each member is.


ParaGB will have several standing committees, including Para-Taekwondo Technical & Games Committee, Classification Committee, Para-Taekwondo Education Committee, Para-Taekwondo Research and Development Committee, Para-Taekwondo Marketing and Media Committee, and Para-Athletes Committee.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 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. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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