IPC President Parsons awarded honorary 9th dan Taekwondo black belt

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Andrew Parsons was today awarded an honorary 9th dan Taekwondo black belt certificate by World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue at the federation’s headquarters in Seoul. 

The prestigious award was presented to President Parsons in recognition of his support for the development of Para Taekwondo. The ceremony was attended by Mrs. Marcela Parsons, Mr. Lee Kyuseok, Vice President of World Taekwondo, Mr. Jung Kook-hyun and Mr. Jin-bang Yang, World Taekwondo Council members, Mr. Jeongkang Seo, World Taekwondo Secretary General, as well as members of the Korean Paralympic Committee. 

President Parsons has attended several Para Taekwondo events over the past year, including the Manchester 2023 World Para Taekwondo Grand Prix Final and the Paris 2023 World Para Taekwondo Grand Prix, where he discussed the future development of the sport and the exciting preparations for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. 

World Taekwondo President Choue said: “We welcome President Andrew Parsons to the World Taekwondo headquarters for the first time. The close cooperation between World Taekwondo and the IPC in recent years has enabled Taekwondo to make a successful debut at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. We are delighted to present President Parsons with this honorary black belt.”

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