|Governing Body:||World Taekwondo Federation|
Para taekwondo is a variation of the sports Taekwondo which is a Korean martial art that is practiced in more than 200 countries all around the world. The sport has been introduced for the athletes with disability. The term Para- taekwondo refers to special type of sport that incorporates rules for conducting fair competitions among the athletes with impairments.
The International Taekwondo Federation is the official governing body that organizes the world level competitions of Para-Taekwondo and similarly looks after all the rules and regulation of the same as per the said norms and the sport is going to be inducted in Paralympics from 2020.
To score more points than the opponent.
Two participants of the same gender compete against each other.
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The playing area is a floor mat of 12 meters from all the sides with an inner square of 8 meters from all sides. The space between the inner and the outer square is of 2 meters.
Two parallel lines each measuring 1 meter in length is positioned at a distance of 1.5 meters from the center area. The contestants are positioned on these lines whereas the referee is positioned at a distance of 1.5 meters from the center. A warning line is drawn at a distance of 1 meter from the inside edges an all sides of the mat.
Born without arms and kneecaps in the United States, Shiela’s parents were told that she might never walk but the lady proved everybody wrong by her determination and will power but not just walking but also being a black belt champion in Taekwondo.
Sharon Akewi from Ghana is truly an inspiration for all the para-athletes around the world. He lost his two fingers of his right hand at the age of 25 but that incident could not keep him away from his sport. He is now a taekwondo coach who trains his friend John Bodu who last his right arm in an accident.
The man from Nepal had everything in his life that one could dream of, a steady job, an amazing life in another country and a sport to practice that he loved until he met with the unforeseen.
Kunwar lost his lost his two fingers in an accident, but that did not let him lose hope. After losing the job, he shifted his interest towards his sport and went on to participate in World Taekwondo Championship in Moscow in 2014.