At the 2019 world championships, Anthony Cappello battled through one of the toughest paths to the finals of the men’s lightweight 61kg weight class, to win the silver medal. He also earned a bronze in his worlds debut in 2017. At both worlds, he lost his last match to Bopha Kong of France.
Cappello’s 61kg weight class is one of 12 divisions selected to participate in Para taekwondo’s Paralympic debut at the 2020 Games in Tokyo. The newest Paralympic sport has been experiencing rapid growth over the last two three years. With nearly 70 nations hitting the mat at the 2019 world championships, it is nearly double the amount of countries from the last world championships.
The sport will also make its Parapan American Games debut in August 2019 in Lima, Peru, with Cappello the first athlete to represent Canada in the sport at the Games.