Rwanda has been chosen to host the second edition of the African Para Taekwondo Open, scheduled to be held in March next year.
The competition, first staged in Cairo in May, is set to take place in Rwanda’s capital Kigali from April 1 to 2.
It will bring together the continent’s top taekwondo players in the Kyorugi K40 classification, for athletes with physical impairments.
Results from participants from the African continent will be counted towards the K40 G4 world ranking points.
Athletes from countries who take part in the competition in Kigali who are representing non-African countries will earn points towards the G2 world rankings.
Rwanda Taekwondo Federation secretary general Placide Bagabo told website All Africa that the country was awarded the hosting rights for the event at the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) General Assembly, held following last month’s World Junior Championships in Burnaby in Canada.
Bagabo also said the WTF had agreed Rwanda’s local and national championship, the Gorilla Taekwondo Open, should be added to their international calendar and will be staged every year.
The African Para Taekwondo Open will be organised by the Rwanda Taekwondo Federation with the support of the African Taekwondo Union.
All athletes who wish to enter must have an approved global licence from the WTF and must have signed the event waiver.
The announcement comes after officials from the WTF visited Rwanda earlier this year to inspect facilities.
They were looking to see whether the nation has the required infrastructure to hold taekwondo events.
Para-taekwondo is braced to make its Paralympic Games debut at Tokyo 2020, with the WTF keen to help the development of the sport in the lead-up to its historic appearance at the Games.