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WTF signs MOU with IBSA to promote Para-Taekwondo for visually impaired athletes

WTF signs MOU with IBSA to promote Para-Taekwondo for visually impaired athletes

The World Taekwondo Federation signed las November 24th a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the International Blind Sport Federation (IBSA) to promote para-taekwondo for athletes with a visual impairment.
The MOU was signed by WTF President, Chungwon Choue, and IBSA President, Ms. Jannie Hammershoi, on 24 November 2013 at the Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel in Athens, Greece at the 2013 IPC General Assembly.
As part of the MOU, the two sides agreed that the 5th WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships in 2014 will include poomsae competitions for athletes with a visual impairment and will be officially recognized by the IBSA.
The two sides agreed to discuss what modifications could be made to the sport to best serve competition between visually impaired athletes and WTF also agreed to promote para-taekwondo for visually impaired athletes among its 205 Member National Associations.
Speaking after the singing of the MOU, WTF President Choue said:
“We are happy to have signed an MOU with the International Blind Sport Federation and look forward to learning from their expertise in how to best serve athletes with a visual impairment.”
“The hope that taekwondo brings is limitless. It knows no boundaries. It does not favour any gender or discriminate against age, ability, religion or sexual orientation. Taekwondo truly is a sport accessible to all and one which inspires and empowers anyone who experiences it.”
Source: WTF

1 Comment

  1. Ulaş ERGİN

    Hi all, I’m currently living in Turkey 90% I’m blind, I’m doing the sport of Taekwondo since 1993 and 2. From the moment I read this news from IM I’m in and the hope that Presidents hope sport of Taekwondo as it says in and doesn’t discriminate as soon as possible once upon a vision-impaired can make in the dissemination of Taekwondo.
    ORIGINAL TEXT TÜRKÇE Merhabalar Türkiye de yaşamaktayım % 90 görme engelliyim 1993 yılından bu yana Taekwondo sporu yapmaktayım ve 2. Dan ım bu haberi okuduğum andan itibaren bunun ümidi içerisindeyim ve başkanlarımızında dediği gibi Taekwondo umut sporudur ve ayrımcılık yapmaz biran evvel görme engellilerinde yapabildiği Taekwondo nun yaygınlaştırılmasını diliyorum.


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