Lima 2019 is getting ready to welcome the best Para athletes from all over the Americas during the sixth edition of the Parapan American Games.
Para taekwondo became part of the Paralympic Games program in 2005. It includes the kyorugi (sparring) and poomsae (martial art forms) disciplines. Athletes with limb impairments and arm amputation compete in kyorugi; whereas poomsae is the competition format for athletes with neurological, intellectual or visual impairments.
Lima 2019, the sixth edition of the Parapan American Games, will mark the debut of Para Taekwondo as a Parapan American sport and it is a quick look ahead of its inclusion in the next Paralympic Games. In 2017, Peru’s Angelica Mendoza, who won the golden medal at the Costa Rica Open, led Peru to a Para Taekwondo World Championship for the first time. This victory became a turning point for the importance of this sport in our country.
In 2005, the World Taekwondo formed the Para Taekwondo Committee with the purpose of developing and promoting the practice of taekwondo in athletes with all kinds of impairments. Initially, Para taekwondo only featured kyorugi (sparring) for athletes with limb deficiency and arm amputations, and the first WT World Para-Taekwondo Championships took place in 2009 in Baku (Azerbaijan) on the occasion of the 2009 WT World Taekwondo Team Championships. Since 2009, the WT World Para Taekwondo Championships have been held five times in St. Petersburg (Russia) in 2010, in Santa Cruz (Aruba) in 2012, in Lausanne (Switzerland) in 2013, and in Moscow (Russia) in 2014. Participation in the Championships has been growing steadily.
Dobok: A competitor’s uniform.
Hong: The athlete wearing a red uniform.
Shi-jak: The start fighting command.