Iran’s reigning world champion Mahdi Pourrahnama will face strong competition with up to 16 fighters contesting the division at the third World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) Asian Para Taekwondo Open.
Around 90 athletes are expected to battle at the competition, including participants from 11 Asian countries.
The biggest Para taekwondo competition in Asia gets underway on 1 July in Chuncheon, South Korea.
The category that has had only one winner in Asian Open history is the men’s up to 75kg K44. Iran’s Pourrahnama is the title holder, but faces strong competition with up to 16 fighters contesting the division.
The Asian Open is the first time this year that all three champions have competed in the same event, ahead of October’s WTF World Para Taekwondo Championships in London, Great Britain.