Para-taekwondo is a Paralympic sport that was developed in 2006 by World Taekwondo (WT). The sport is open to athletes with physical impairments, including limb amputations, visual impairments, and neurological impairments. Para-taekwondo athletes compete in kyorugi (sparring) matches, which are fought in three weight categories for men and women.
Nigeria first competed in para-taekwondo at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The country sent two athletes, both of whom competed in the men’s kyorugi competition. Nigeria did not win any medals at the 2016 Games.
Nigeria has continued to develop its para-taekwondo program since the 2016 Games. The country has sent athletes to compete in several international tournaments, including the World Para Taekwondo Championships. Nigeria is also home to a number of para-taekwondo clubs and training centers.
Nigeria is expected to compete in the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. The country is hoping to improve on its performance from the 2016 Games and win its first para-taekwondo medal.
Here is a brief history of para-taekwondo:
- 2006: World Taekwondo (WT) establishes the Para-Taekwondo Committee to help promote and develop taekwondo for athletes with physical disabilities.
- 2009: The first World Para Taekwondo Championships are held in Baku, Azerbaijan.
- 2013: Para-taekwondo is added as a full member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
- 2016: Para-taekwondo makes its Paralympic debut at the Rio Games.
- 2020: Para-taekwondo will be contested at the Tokyo Games.
Nigeria’s entry into para-taekwondo is a positive development for the sport. The country has a large population and a growing interest in taekwondo. Nigeria’s participation in the Paralympic Games will help to raise awareness of para-taekwondo and inspire other countries to develop their own para-taekwondo programs.