Guy Thibault has left Taekwondo Canada after two-and-a-half years as high-performance director ©Taekwondo Canada

Taekwondo Canada has announced the resignation of Guy Thibault as high-performance director - with less than four months to go until this year's Tokyo 2020 Olympics is scheduled to start.

Thibault has led the organisation’s high-performance department over the past two-and-a-half years.

Thibault has also been credited with overseeing preparations for Skylar Park's participation at the Games, with Park winning a Pan American Games silver medal and world bronze medal during Thibault's time at the organisation.

Dave Harris, executive director for Taekwondo Canada, praised the work of Thibaut since his arrival in September 2018.

"I want to take this opportunity to thank Guy for his leadership as High Performance Director with Taekwondo Canada," said Harris.

"Over the past two and half years, Guy’s work has left the organization in a better place and we wish him the best in his future endeavours."

Taekwondo Canada said "planning and operational details related to the position" would be provided at a later date as the organisation seeks to replace Thibault.

Taekwondo Canada said Guy Thibaut helped Skylar Park, left, prepare for Tokyo 2020 ©Getty Images
Taekwondo Canada said Guy Thibaut helped Skylar Park, left, prepare for Tokyo 2020 ©Getty Images

Prior to taking on role of high-performance director, Thibaut made his name in Canada by guiding the nation's short track speed skaters to medal-winning performances at the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics.

Thibaut went on to become high-performance director for US Speedskating, beginning in 2006, and was also involved as the head coach of the short track team for the Olympic cycle leading to the 2014 Games in Sochi.

He has also been a high-performance advisor for the speed skating programmes in both Germany and Russia.

After securing the position at Taekwondo Canada, Thibault said he wanted to deliver a "coach-driven, athlete-focused programme" in Canada that would be accountable and committed to the pursuit of excellence.

Canada’s first taekwondo Olympic medal came in the sport’s first appearance at Sydney 2000 when Dominique Bosshart won bronze.

Karine Sergerie captured silver eight years later at Beijing 2008.

Park is the only Canadian taekwondo player to have qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.