Taekwondo

Taekwondo

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Paralympic Sports

Taekwondo

Overview

Taekwondo is the national sport of South Korea, characterised by its focus on kicks. The sport reportedly originated from one of the traditional Korean martial arts. The sport is open to competition by athletes with impairment of their upper limbs. Wearing headgear, a body protector, and other protective equipment, athletes execute kicks, such as axe and back spin kicks, during a match. The winner is the competitor with the most points, calculated by subtracting penalty points from the points obtained. Athletes can also win by knocking out the opponent as in boxing. In taekwondo, a kick to the opponent's trunk is worth one point. When the kick involves a spinning technique, it is worth three points. The present-day rules prohibit kicks to the head. Punches are worth no points.

History

Taekwondo will become an official sport for the first time at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Eligible impairment

As yet undetermined (to be posted upon determination)

Courtesy of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's Bureau of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Preparation (as of January 2016)

Competition Venues

  • Makuhari Messe Hall B

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