Taekwondo may be included in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham after governing body World Taekwondo announced a working group hoping to liaise with event officials to secure inclusion.
World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue said:
“World Taekwondo has long been committed to making a valuable contribution to the Commonwealth Sports Movement. It would be an honour and a realisation of a dream for taekwondo to be included in the Commonwealth Games. We strongly believe that taekwondo would bring a wide-range of benefits to the Commonwealth Games whilst simultaneously ensuring minimal impact on infrastructure requirements, operational costs and competition schedules.
“But our commitment to the Commonwealth Games Family goes beyond the Commonwealth Games. We want to continue to work with the Commonwealth Games Federation to develop taekwondo in Commonwealth countries and use the sport to build healthier, fairer and more peaceful societies.”
According to World Taekwondo, the sport is active in 88% of Commonwealth nations. And with the recent success of Bianca Walkden, Lutalo Muhammad and Jade Jones, it is sure to be a popular choice.
"With the popularity of taekwondo in England and the country's proven track record in hosting world-class taekwondo events, we think taekwondo would make an excellent contribution to Birmingham 2022's success and to the success of the Commonwealth Games in the long term," Choue added.
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