World Taekwondo hosted a workshop for coaches and officials prior to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics ©Getty Images

About 60 coaches and international technical officials took part in a joint Paralympic workshop hosted by World Taekwondo.

The meeting was an opportunity to run through important rules and procedures for the taekwondo events at Tokyo 2020 as the sport looks set to make its Paralympic debut.

A total of 30 referees from 30 countries will officiate the competitions in the Japanese capital.

Like Rio 2016, World Taekwondo is sending equal number of male and female referees in a bid to advance gender equality in the Olympic and Paralympic movements.

The join workshop began with opening remarks from World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue.

"Today, I wish to congratulate the 73 athletes from 37 countries who have qualified, including our first ever refugee Paralympic athlete from Rwanda," said Choue.

"Unfortunately, we cannot be joined by Afghanistan today and at the Games.

"We pray for the safety of our athletes and officials.

Taekwondo is set to make its Paralympic debut at Tokyo 2020 ©Getty Images
Taekwondo is set to make its Paralympic debut at Tokyo 2020 ©Getty Images

"World Taekwondo is recognised as one of the fairest international federations in the world because of our innovative technology to deliver fair competitions. We also have some of the best technical officials who have passed strict requirements and education to be selected as a Paralympic referee.

"It is a huge honour for you, your family, and also for your country.

"Your mission as referees is simple – make the best objective judgment and do your best to eliminate human error.

"You must study as many case studies as you can and prepare yourselves mentally, physically, and emotionally.

"For the coaches, good luck as you prepare your athletes with the best possible preparations for the Games."

Chakir Chelbat, taekwondo technical delegate for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, provided an overview of the COVID-19 procedures for the Games.
Other subjects covered were roles, responsibilities and ethics and competition rules by Chelbat.

There were presentations on Games procedures by Usman Dildar, vice chair of Para Taekwondo Committee and medical procedures by David Jeong, chair of the Medical Committee.

The second half of the workshop was a discussion and question and answer session.