Sports Summary

Taekwondo will make its Paralympic debut at Tokyo 2020. The sport is open for male and female athletes with a physical impairment to compete in the Kyorugi event.

Taekwondo is governed internationally by World Taekwondo. In Australia, the Australian Taekwondo is the National Federation for the sport.

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Events & Disciplines

Kyorugi  (K – sparring)

  • Male K44/43*  Under 61kg, 75kg, Over 75kg
  • Female K44/43*  Under 49kg, 58kg, Over 58kg

* K44 medal events are open to K43 athletes of the same weight category.


Who is eligible?

Athletes with a physical impairment.

What are the classes?

Athletes with an upper limb deficiency/dysmelia, mild Hemiplegia or central/peripheral nervous system monoplegia compete in classes K44

At the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, K44 medal events are open to K43 athletes of the same weight category.  The K43 classification are for athletes with a bilateral arm amputation or dysmelia below elbow.

Classification Masterlist

Australian Taekwondo manages the National Para-taekwondo Classification Masterlist.

For more information, view the Para-taekwondo Classification Information Sheet (updated Nov 2019)

Rules & Equipment

Contest Area:

The Competition Area is composed of a Contest Area and a Safety Area. The Contest Area and Safety Area shall have a flat surface without any obstructing projections and be covered with a World Taekwondo (WT) recognized mat elastic and non-slippery mat. The size shall be no smaller than 10mx10m and no larger than 12m x 12m.  At the centre of the Competition Area shall be the octagonal-shape Contest Area. The Contest Area shall measure approximately 8m in diameter, and each side of the octagon shall have a length of   approximately 3.3m. The Outer Line of the Safety Area shall be inclined at a gradient of less than 30 degrees, for the safety of the contestants.  The Contest Area and the Safety Area shall be different colours, as specified in the relevant competition’s Technical Manual

Duration of the Contest:

Depending on the event, tournament organizers will determine the competition format.


Contest score shall be the sum of points of the three (3) rounds or the final score at the end of the round in the case one round system duration of contest is used. In Kyorugi, foot techniques are the only valid scoring technique. Point(s) shall be awarded when a scoring technique is delivered to the scoring areas of the trunk with power and accuracy.

Personal Protective Equipment:

A contestant shall wear a WT approved uniform or dobok, groin guard, shin guards, forearm guards, hand protector (if applicable), sensor socks and mouth guard before entering the Field of Play. Para-taekwondo athletes may use additional and personalized protective equipment based on the prior approval of WT.


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