By Zjan Shirinian

The classification rules for Para-taekwondo have been under discussion in Vancouver ©WTFThe classification rules for taekwondo will be "improved and refined" after a three-day meeting in Vancouver, as the sport waits to hear if it will be part of the programme for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Members of the World Taekwondo Federation's (WTF) Classification Committee met in the Canadian city as part of the governing body's "ongoing commitment to developing its classification rules to ensure fair and transparent competition".

Discussions were led by head of classification Terrie Moore, who co-authored the original International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Classification Code and has been involved in Para-sport for more than 20 years.

He, together with Committee members, analysed data collected from June's WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships in Moscow, and the Pan American Para-Taekwondo Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico, held earlier this month.

The WTF said the "findings and conclusions drawn from the assessment of this data will be used to further improve and refine the WTF classification rules".

Moore said: "I am very happy with the progress we made during this meeting.

"The WTF is 100 per cent committed to enhancing its classification through ongoing evidence-based research and we are now moving towards a more sport-specific classification system."

Taekwondo has its eyes fixed on making its Paralympic debut at Tokyo 2020 ©Getty ImagesTaekwondo has its eyes fixed on making its Paralympic debut at Tokyo 2020 ©Getty Images

Taekwondo, along with badminton, was put through to the final stage of the IPC's selection process as it draws up the programme for Tokyo 2020.

The two non-Paralympic sports are among 24 competing to be admitted into the Games.

The IPC said today its final decision on what sports will make up the programme for the Paralympics will be made early next year at a Governing Board meeting scheduled to take place in Abu Dhabi from January 30 to February 1.

WTF President Chungwon Choue said: "Developing our classification rules is one of our number one priorities at the WTF and something we take very seriously.

"While it is our dream to be included in the Paralympic programme - a dream we are working very hard to realise - we first and foremost have a responsibility to develop and improve the sport of Para-taekwondo.

"We are doing everything we can to make the sport as fair, as competitive and as universal as possible."