Para-taekwondo was part of an integrated programme at the European Championships ©Getty Images

The European Taekwondo Championships in Manchester have received praise for allowing Para-athletes to compete alongside their able-bodied counterparts.

Ten Para-taekwondo categories were contested at the Manchester Regional Arena - five for men and five for women - and they were part of the main schedule and not a separate event.

Usman Dildar, the vice-chairman of World Taekwondo's Para Taekwondo Committee, was happy with the inclusive set-up seen at the Championships, which were held last week.

"This is something truly unique," he said.

Para-taekwondo competitions are normally held separately ©Getty Images
Para-taekwondo competitions are normally held separately ©Getty Images

"All credit goes to Great Britain Taekwondo for providing the same exposure to our Para-athletes.

"This is very good exposure for Para-taekwondo - it shows how our sport is equitable.

"We need to promote this at other events.

"The October Grand Prix [in Manchester] will have the same thing." 

Para-taekwondo made its debut at the rearranged Tokyo 2020 Paralympics last year.