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World Taekwondo Recognition for GB Taekwondo Medical Expert

14th June 2019

Dr Adrian Lim’s work with GB Taekwondo has been recognised, by the sport’s world governing body.

Dr Lim, 37, who became GB Taekwondo’s Chief Medical Officer in January 2017, has been appointed to the World Taekwondo’s medical commission with immediate effect.

“I feel honoured and privileged to be part of the team chosen to help keep taekwondo a safe sport,” said the Singapore-born doctor who previously worked in football and water polo before moving to taekwondo.

“We are a group of doctors charged with maintaining the welfare and the safety of our sport to ensure the standards of tournament are the same in every country.

“There is a certain level every competition must reach. The commission is also responsible for the training of doctors and the physios to ensure they are competent in dealing with any problems that may arise ringside.”

Dr Lim studied at the University of London Imperial College, graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and a Bachelor of Science in Cardiovascular Sciences.

In 2013 he became Chief Medical Officer for Great Britain’s female water polo squad and acting CMO for Paralympic swimming. In 2014, he went onto be the Academy doctor for MCFCW, Elite Developmental squad (reserves) and below.

Six months after the 2016 Rio Olympics where GB Taekwondo fighters won three medals including a second career gold for Jade Jones, Dr Lim switched to taekwondo.

“I knew they were a high achieving team and the chance to work at an Olympic level sport was an excellent opportunity. It was also pleasing to have the level of autonomy that allowed me to shape my department how I wanted.”

Gary Hall, GB Performance Director, said: “I am pleased World Taekwondo have recognised the professionalism and skill of Dr Lim by appointing him as a member of their medical commission.

“We strive to  be world class in everything we do whether that’s as an athlete, a coach or, as in this case, a member of our medical staff.”

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