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World Peace

through
Taekwondo

World Peace through Taekwondo"

Dear global taekwondo family members,


I would like to send my best wishes to all of you for a wonderful New Year full of joy,
happiness and good health.
The year 2010 was highlighted by numerous milestones. Taekwondo was on the
official programs of two inaugural events: the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and
the SportAccord Combat Games in Beijing, China. Furthermore, it was announced
that taekwondo will be part of the 2011 European Masters Games and the 2013
World Masters Games. Our beloved sport also achieved the status of a Category 2
sport in the Commonwealth Games.
The 2nd WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia and
the WTF World Taekwondo Tour 2010 Moscow were also great successes. The
Moscow World Taekwondo Tour featured a five-member team competition between
Korea and Russia, capturing the attention from both spectators and media from
around the world.
All of these accomplishments shed light on our bright prospective. While we can
look back on days passed and be proud of what we have already achieved, we must
know that they are mere stepping stones for the great accomplishments that are yet
to come.

The global taekwondo family will see a schedule jam-packed with important events
in 2011, including the WTF World Taekwondo Championships in Gyeongju, Korea on
May 1-6. World and continental taekwondo qualification tournaments for the 2012
London Olympic Games are also scheduled.
In 2011, the WTF will put top priority on promotion of our taekwondo events, thus
helping show the world the fairness in refereeing and the dynamism of taekwondo.
The use of a protector and scoring system (PSS), formerly electronic body
protectors, and the instant video replay system at the WTFs major championships
has significantly minimized controversy related to referee decisions. The WTF will
also make full use of its liaison office in Lausanne, Switzerland for a more effective
communication with the international sports community and a successful launch of
the WTF Global Membership System and the WTF Mandatory Global Athlete
Licence.
Under the New Year mission of World Peace through Taekwondo, the WTF will
launch a campaign to better serve humanity. Taekwondos intrinsic value lies in
its inherent virtues and life skills that lead to the development and achievement of
goals and dreams. It is for this purpose that the WTF will give financial and technical
support for the establishment of taekwondo programs in orphanages and refugee

camps around the world. I encourage our member national associations to join.
The WTF will put an equal emphasis on its stepped-up Taekwondo Peace Corps
activities and the proposed Taekwondo for All in Africa project. The Africa
project will greatly help promote taekwondo in the African region, which will give
hope and dreams to youths in need.
The WTF will also pay special attention to its youth education programs through its
active participation in and operation of the World Youth Taekwondo Camp, which was
launched in 2009 as an annual event.
As we embark on this journey, milestones have been set to guide us on our way to
be the most exemplary International Sports Federation. High on our agenda for the
future is securing taekwondo a permanent position in the Olympic Games in 2020
and beyond. The WTF will also strive to place taekwondo on the official program of
the Paralympic Games.
Achieving any of these goals will take great efforts on the part of every member of
the global taekwondo family. We must band together to further bring the sport we
love to the world. Every member of our global taekwondo family has his or her role to

play and we will know that together, we can make it better. We are one and the
future is ours to seize together.
Once again I extend my best wishes to our entire taekwondo family for the year
2011.

Chungwon Choue
President
World Taekwondo Federation

Africa (44)
Asia (43)

Europe (49)
1.Albania
2.Andorra
3.Armenia
4.Austria
5.Azerbaijan
6.Belarus
7.Belgium
8.Bosnia & Herzegovina
9.Bulgaria
10.Croatia
11.Cyprus
12.Czech Republic
13.Denmark
14.Estonia
15.Finland
16.France
17.Georgia

18.Germany
19.Great Britain
20.Greece
21.Hungary
22.Iceland
23.Ireland
24.Isle of Man
25.Israel
26.Italy
27.Latvia
28.Lithuania
29.Luxembourg
30.Macedonia
31.Malta
32.Moldova
33.Monaco
34.Montenegro

35.The Netherlands
36.Norway
37.Poland
38.Portugal
39.Romania
40.Russia
41.San Marino
42.Serbia
43.Slovak Republic
44.Slovenia
45.Spain
46.Sweden
47.Switzerland
48.Turkey
49.Ukraine

50.Afghanistan
51.Bahrain
52.Bangladesh
53.Bhutan
54.Brunei
55.Cambodia
56.China
57.Chinese Taipei
58.Hong Kong
59.India
60.Indonesia
61.Iran
62.Iraq
63.Japan
64.Jordan
65.Kazakhstan
66.Korea
67.Kuwait
68.Kyrgyzstan
69.Laos
70.Lebanon
71.Macao

Pan America (42)

72.Malaysia
73.Mongolia
74.Myanmar
75.Nepal
76.Oman
77.Pakistan
78.Palestine
79.Philippines
80.Qatar
81.Saudi Arabia
82.Singapore
83.Sri Lanka
84.Syria
85.Tajikistan
86.Thailand
87.Timor-Leste
88.Turkmenistan
89.United Arab Emirates
90.Uzbekistan
91.Vietnam
92.Yemen

93.Algeria
94.Angola
95.Benin
96.Burkina Faso
97.Burundi
98.Cameroon
99.Cape Verde
100.Central African Republic
101.Comoros
102.Cote dIvoire
103.Congo
104.D.R. of the Congo
105.Egypt
106.Equatorial Guinea
107.Ethiopia
108.Gabon
109.Gambia
110.Ghana
111.Guinea
112.Kenya
113.Lesotho
114.Liberia
115.Libya

116.Madagascar
117.Malawi
118.Mali
119.Mauritius
120.Morocco
121.Mozambique
122.Niger
123.Nigeria
124.Sao Tome & Principe
125.Senegal
126.Somalia
127.South Africa
128.Sudan
129.Swaziland
130.Chad
131.Tanzania
132.Togo
133.Tunisia
134.Uganda
135.Zimbabwe
136.Zambia

137.Antigua & Barbuda


138.Argentina
139.Aruba
140.Bahamas
141.Barbados
142.Belize
143.Bermuda
144.Bolivia
145.Brazil
146.British Virgin Islands
147.Canada
148.Cayman Islands
149.Chile
150.Colombia
151.Costa Rica
152.Dominican Republic
153.Cuba
154.Dominica
155.Ecuador
156.El Salvador
157.Grenada
158.Guatemala

159.Guyana
160.Haiti
161.Honduras
162.Jamaica
163.Mexico
164.Netherlands Antilles
165.Nicaragua
166.Panama
167.Paraguay
168.Peru
169.Puerto Rico
170.St. Lucia
171.St. Kitts & Nevis
172.Surinam
173.St. Vincent & the Grenadines
174.Trinidad and Tobago
175.Uruguay
176.U.S.A.
177.Virgin Islands
178.Venezuela

Oceania (14)
179.American Samoa
180.Australia
181.Fiji
182.French Polynesia
183.Guam
184.Kiribati
185.Marshall Islands
186.New Caledonia
187.New Zealand
188.Papua New Guinea
189.Solomon Islands
190.Tonga
191.Samoa
192.Vanuatu

CONTENTS

OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE WORLD TAEKWONDO FEDERATION


2011, lssue No. 98 / ISSN 1599-3779

PART 01 COMPETITIONS

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1st Youth Olympic Games


8th World Junior Taekwondo Championships
2nd World Para-Taekwondo Championships
2010 World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships
1st SportAccord Combat Games
5th World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships
World Taekwondo Tour 2010 Moscow
Outline - 2011 World Taekwondo Championships Gyeongju
London Qualification System (Taekwondo)
Outline - World Qualification for 2012 London Olympic Games
WTF Referees
2011 WTF Events Calendar
Interview with the President

PART 02 PICTORIAL
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084 WTF Photo Contests


090 Competitions Photo Highlights

PART 03 INTERNATIONAL
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WTF Taekwondo Peace Corps


2nd World Youth Taekwondo Camp
WTF-KHU Partnership Taekwondo Training Program
WTF Anti-Doping Activities
New WTF Competition Rules
WTF Approves New Caledonia as 192nd Member Nation
WTF Global Membership System
WTF Global Athlete Licence
Continental Union Activities
Taekwondo to be Part of Commonwealth Games
IOC Solidarity Program for Taekwondo
WTF Regional Taekwondo Training Centers
Taekwondo Park
WTF President Hosts Welcoming Dinner for Honduran President
Free Orphanage Taekwondo Training Program in Thailand

TAEKWONDO SOLIDIFIES
ITS STATUS AS AN OLYMPIC SPORT.

Part 01

Competitions
012 1st Youth Olympic Games
020 Athlete Interview
024 8th World Junior Taekwondo Championships
028 2nd World Para-Taekwondo Championships
034 2010 World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships
038 1st SportAccord Combat Games
040 5th World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships
044 World Taekwondo Tour 2010 Moscow
048 Outline - 2011 World Taekwondo Championships Gyeongju
054 London Qualification System (Taekwondo)
056 Outline - World Qualification for 2012 LondonOlympic Games
062 WTF Referees
- WTF S-Class International Kyorugi Referees
- WTF Best Referee Award Recipients List
- Outline - 2012 London Olympic Games IR Selection & Training Camps
- Referee Interview
- IR Education Schedule For 2011

079 2011 WTF Events Calendar


080 Interview with the President

TAEKWONDOst
SHINES AT 1 YOUTH
OLYMPIC GAMES
IN SINGAPORE
For the World Taekwondo
Federation, the taekwondo
competition of the inaugural Youth
Olympic Games, which were held
on Aug. 15-19, 2010 in Singapore,
was a great success for many
reasons.

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According to the medal tally, Korea topped other countries as it


won three gold medals, followed by China with two gold medals.
Iran and Russia clinched one gold and one silver medal each,
while Great Britain, Israel and Thailand each grabbed one gold
medal in taekwondo.

The five-day taekwondo


competition of the 1st Youth
Olympic Games, which drew 99
young athletes from 66 countries, took place on the fourth floor
of the Suntec International Convention Center in downtown
Singapore.

As part of the IOC-organized Culture and Education Programs


(CEP), the WTF Taekwondo Demonstration Team, together
with the Singapore Taekwondo Demonstration Team, offered
taekwondo demonstration and training sessions for the visitors
and spectators on the third floor of the International Convention
Center.

Of the 99 athletes, all born between Jan. 1, 1993 and Dec. 31,
1994, 59 athletes, 29 male and 30 female, earned the tickets to
the taekwondo competition through the WTF World Taekwondo
Qualification Tournament for the Youth Olympic Games. Host
Singapore received two male and two female tickets, while 36
athletes, including 19 females, participated in the taekwondo
event through the NOC universality places, better known as "wild
cards."

Reflecting the high popularity of taekwondo, the taekwondo CEP


program drew special attention and big applause from visitors at
the venue.

Out of the 66 participating countries, 26 countries won at least


one medal at the taekwondo competition, showing an even level

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of taekwondo techniques among countries.

Four cameras for an instant video replay were installed at the


competition court, with no protests related to refereeing and
judging reported.
Between the semifinal and final matches, there was a 15-minute
taekwondo demonstration by the WTF Taekwondo Demonstration
Team for the taekwondo spectators, drawing big applause from

World Taekwondo Federation

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the taekwondo competition because of his recent


injury, the number of female wild-card athletes stood
at 19.
The 66 participating countries break down to 21
countries in Asia, 18 countries in Europe, 14 countries
in Africa, 11 countries in Pan America and two
countries in Oceania.
Mexico fielded five athletes, the biggest of the 66
countries, followed by Germany, Russia, Korea and host
Singapore with four each. China, France, Iran and the

COMPETITION DAY 1
Russia and Israel clinched one gold medal each on the
first day of the taekwondo competition at the inaugural
Youth Olympic Games on Aug. 15, 2010 in Singapore.

Reflecting the high popularity


of taekwondo, all tickets
were sold out for the five-day
taekwondo competitions.
During the five-day taekwondo competitions, two
weight category matches took place every day. The
competition schedule was as follows: the womens
-44kg and the mens -48kg on Aug. 15, the womens
-49kg and the mens -55kg on Aug. 16, the womens
-55kg and the mens -63kg on Aug. 17, the womens
-63kg and the mens -73kg on Aug. 18, and the
womens +63kg and the mens +73kg on Aug. 19.
As a special program for the taekwondo spectators,
the WTF Taekwondo Demonstration Team made a
demonstration at the competition venue for 15 minutes
from 7:35 p.m. on Aug. 15, 17 and 19. As part of
the IOC-organized Culture and Education Program
activities, the WTF team also made taekwondo
demonstrations for Youth Olympic Games participants

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on the third floor of the International Convention Center


on eight other occasions, two times a day on Aug. 15,
16, 17 and 18.

United States sent three athletes each, while Bahrain,


Jordan, Timor Leste, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey, Ukraine,
Canada, and Cuba dispatched two athletes each.

A total of 60 athletes, the top six athletes in each of


the 10 weight categories at the WTF World Taekwondo
Qualification Tournament for the 2010 Youth Olympic
Games held on March 3-4, 2010 in Tijuana, Mexico,
were qualified for the taekwondo competition. As
Russia gave up one male ticket, a total of 59 athletes,
29 male and 30 female, were qualified.

A total of 48 countries sent one athlete each. They


were Bhutan, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Kazakhstan,
Lebanon, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines,
Tajikistan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates,
Uzbekistan (Asia); Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde,
Congo, Cote dIvoire, the Democratic Republic of
Congo, Lesotho, Libya, Mali, Sao Tome & Principe,
Senegal, Togo, Tunisia (Africa); Azerbaijan, Belarus,
Croatia, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Moldova, Monaco,
Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden (Europe);
Argentina, Colombia, Haiti, Peru, St. Vincent & the
Grenadines, Surinam, Uruguay (Pan America); Kiribati
and Tonga (Oceania).

Host country Singapore automatically received a quota


place of three male and three female weight categories
of its choice, but it decided to field two male and two
female athletes.
Seventeen male and 20 female athletes received
the Youth Olympic Games berths through the NOC
universality places, better known as wild cards, after
tripartite negotiations among the International Olympic
Committee, the NOCs and the World Taekwondo
Federation. As an athlete from Belgium failed to attend

4-2 in the final match to clinch the gold medal.


Mr. Rezaei advanced to the final match with two
consecutive RSC (referee stop the contest) victories.

Ms. Pongpanit, the third placer at the 2010 WTF World


Qualification Tournament for the Youth Olympic Games,

Jia Jun Daryl Tan of Singapore and Quoc Cuong


Nguyen of Vietnam took home the bronze medal each
in the category. For host Singapore, the taekwondo
bronze medal marked the first medal at the inaugural
Youth Olympic Games.

In the womens -44kg weight division, Russias


Anastasia Valueva outpointed Ukraines Iryna
Romoldanova 7-1 in the final match to win the gold
medal.

Reflecting the high popularity of taekwondo, a lot of


people applied for the taekwondo training program
offered by the WTF Taekwondo Demonstration Team
on two occasions in the afternoon on the third floor
of the International Convention Center, where various
IOC-organized Culture and Education Programs are
under way.

The bronze medal went to Seymar Tuncer of Turkey


and Tajikistans Shukrona
Sharifova.
Ms. Sharifova, who earned
a wild-card ticket to the
taekwondo competition,
made a 3-1 upset victory
over Chinas Li Zhaoyi,
the bronze medalist at the
WTF World Taekwondo
Qualification Tournament for
the Youth Olympic Games, in
the opening match.

the jam-packed spectators.

In the womens -49kg final match, Thailands


Worawong Pongpanit needed a fourth sudden-death
round to beat Jordans Dana Touran for the gold medal.

In the mens -48kg weight


category, Israels Gili
Haimovitz won the gold
medal as his final-match
opponent, Mohammad
Soleimani Delgarm of Iran,
withdrew from the final
match. The United States
Gregory English and Lucas Guzman of Argentina
shared the bronze medal in the same category.
In the afternoon, there were two one-hour taekwondo
demonstrations and training for taekwondo techniques
by the WTF taekwondo team for Youth Olympic Games
athletes and spectators.
COMPETITION DAY 2
Thailand and Iran earned one gold medal each on
the second day of the taekwondo competition at the
inaugural Youth Olympic Games on Aug. 16, 2010 in
Singapore.

tied at 4-4 after the third round with Ms. Touran,


who finished second at the WTF World Qualification
Tournament.
The bronze medal in the womens division went to
Jessie Bates of the United States and Melanie Phan of
Canada. In the first round, Ms. Bates, the fifth placer at
the WTF World Qualification Tournament, made a 3-0
upset victory over Koreas So-hui Kim, who finished
first at the WTF World Qualification Tournament.
In the mens -55kg weight category, Irans Keveh
Rezaei outpointed Kazakhstans Nursultan Mamayev

COMPETITION DAY 3
Great Britain and Korea won one gold medal each on
the third day of the taekwondo competition at the 1st
Youth Olympic Games on Aug. 17, 2010 in Singapore.
In the womens -55kg final match, Great Britains Jade
Jones needed a fourth sudden-death round to beat
Vietnams Thanh Thao Nguyen for the gold medal.
The bronze medal in the womens division went to
Singapores Shafinas Abdul Rahman and Swedens
Jennifer Agren. Singapore earned two bronze medals
in taekwondo in two days.

COMPETITION DAY 4
Korea showed its supremacy in taekwondo as it swept two gold medals at stake on
the fourth day of the taekwondo competition at the 1st Youth Olympic Games on Aug.
18, 2010 in Singapore.
In the womens -63kg final match, Koreas Soo-yeon Jeon outpointed Germanys
Antonia Katheder 4-1 in the final match for
the gold medal. Jeon advanced to the final
match with a superiority victory over the
German.

second placer at the WTF World Taekwondo Qualification Tournament for the 2010
Youth Olympic Games, advanced to the final round as he outpointed his semifinal
opponent from Jordan, Yazan Alsadeq, 2-1.
Jordans Yazan Alsadeq and Canadas Stafan Bozalo grabbed the bronze medal each
in the mens division.
The WTF Taekwondo Demonstration Team made its final taekwondo demonstration
between the semifinal and final rounds for the spectators of the taekwondo
competition, drawing big applause from the spectators.

The bronze medal in the womens category


went to Spains Nagore Irigoien and Frances
Samantha Silvestri.
In the mens -73kg weight category, Koreas
Jin-hak Kim brushed aside a stiff challenge
from Russias Aliaskhab Sirazhov in the final
match to earn his country the second gold
medal in taekwondo. Kim beat Sirazhov 6-4 in
the final match.
Kim reached the final match as he came from
behind to beat Ukraines Maksym Dominishyn
6-4 in the semifinal match.
Ukraines Maksym Dominishyn and Lebanons
Michel Samaha clinched the bronze medal
each in the mens division.

In the mens -63kg weight category, Koreas Byeong-deok Seo beat Portugals Mario
Silva 9-5 in the final match to earn his country the gold medal. Mr. Seo reached the
final match as he outpointed his semifinal opponent, Mexicos Alejandro Valdes, 5-0.
Mexicos Alejandro Valdes and Turkeys Berk Sungu won the bronze medal each in
the mens category.
In the afternoon, Dr. Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic
Committee, visited the taekwondo venue to watch four matches for about 1 hour,
together with WTF President Chungwon Choue. Several other IOC members also
visited the taekwondo venue.
Members of the WTF Taekwondo Demonstration Team greeted the IOC president at
the venue entrance, taking Dr. Rogge by surprise. When leaving the venue, the IOC
president highly praised the taekwondo competition as well-organized.
The bronze medal in the womens division went to Jessie Bates of the United States
and Melanie Phan of Canada. In the first round, Ms. Bates, the fifth placer at the WTF

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World Qualification Tournament, made a 3-0 upset victory over Koreas So-hui Kim,
who finished first at the WTF World Qualification Tournament.
In the mens -55kg weight category, Irans Keveh Rezaei outpointed Kazakhstans
Nursultan Mamayev 4-2 in the final match to clinch the gold medal. Mr. Rezaei
advanced to the final match with two consecutive RSC (referee stop the contest)
victories.

COMPETITION DAY 5 (FINAL)


China swept two gold medals at stake on the final day of the taekwondo competition
at the 1st Youth Olympic Games on Aug. 19, 2010.
In the womens +63kg final match, Chinas Zheng Shuyin outpointed Mexicos
Briseida Acosta 2-1 in the final match for the gold medal.

Jia Jun Daryl Tan of Singapore and Quoc Cuong Nguyen of Vietnam took home the
bronze medal each in the category. For host Singapore, the taekwondo bronze medal
marked the first medal at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games.

Zheng, the gold medalist at the 2010 WTF World Junior Taekwondo Championships,
advanced to the final match as she easily beat his semifinal opponent from Cuba,
Yuieimi Abreu, 8-2.

Reflecting the high popularity of taekwondo, a lot of people applied for the
taekwondo training program offered by the WTF Taekwondo Demonstration Team
on two occasions in the afternoon on the third floor of the International Convention
Center, where various IOC-organized Culture and Education Programs are under way.

The bronze medal in the womens category went to Frances Faiza Taoussara and
Cubas Yuieimi Abreu.
In the mens +73kg weight category, Chinas Liu Chang needed a fourth suddendeath round for the gold medal against Germanys Ibrahim Ahmadsei. Liu, the

MEDAL TALLY BY NATION


Nation
1
2
3
3
5
5
5
8
9
9
9
9
13
13
15
15
15
15
19
19
19
19
19
19
19
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Korea
China
Iran
Russia
Great Britain
Israel
Thailand
Germany
Jordan
Mexico
Ukraine
Vietnam
Kazakhstan
Portugal
Canada
France
Singapore
United States
Argentina
Cuba
Lebanon
Spain
Sweden
Tajikistan
Tunisia
Turkey
Total

Gold

Silver

Bronze

3
2
1
1
1
1
1

10

1
1

2
1
1
1
1
1
1

10

1
1
1
1

2
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
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32 NATIONS GRAB TICKETS


TO 1st YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES
AT QUALIFICATION TOURNAMENT

A total of 32 countries clinched at least one ticket


to the 2010 Youth Olympic Games after two days of
qualification tournament in Tijuana, Mexico, which was
held on March 3-4, 2010.
Host Mexico and Russia earned five tickets each to
the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, while Korea and
Germany grabbed four tickets to the Singapore Youth
Olympic Games.
Iran, France, China and the United States earned three
tickets, while six countries - Ukraine, Jordan, Canada,
Cuba, Egypt and Turkey - got two berths.

Eighteen countries won one ticket to the taekwondo


competition of the 1st Youth Olympic Games.
They were Afghanistan, Thailand, Colombia, Spain,
Azerbaijan, Lebanon, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Cote
dIvoire, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Israel, Poland, Portugal,
Croatia, Argentina, Great Britain and Sweden.
A total of 385 athletes from 96 countries competed for
tickets to the Singapore Youth Olympic Games at the
WTF World Qualification Tournament, which featured
five male and five female weight divisions.

Through the qualification tournament, a total of 30


male and 30 female athletes, the top six athletes per
weight category, were qualified for the inaugural Youth
Olympic Games.
A total of 100 athletes were scheduled to compete for
top honors at the taekwondo competition of the Youth
Olympic Games. Host Singapore automatically earned
three male and three female tickets to Singapore,
while the remaining 34 tickets were decided upon
through consultations among the International Olympic
Committee, the National Olympic Committees and the
World Taekwondo Federation.

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Question &
Answer
Can you tell me about your experience at the Youth Olympic
Games? Did you meet and make friends with people from
around the world? What did you find most interesting or special
at the Youth Olympic Games?
The first thing that I found and liked there is that I saw and met my big
taekwondo family and gained a lot of experience from others. In this aspect, my
coach helped me in how to learn from this experience. I made a lot of friends
from other countries - Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, China, Singapore, the UAE, Iran
and many other countries of the world. I also liked the YOG and its programs that
I enjoyed very much.
Did your participation in the Youth Olympic Games change your
view of the world? If so, in what aspects?
Yes, it did. I no longer feel that I am alone and I can see the world with open
eyes. I found people are kind and friendly with one another. The people in the
world can be friends, if they want to. I know that sport brings peace.

Ms. Sharifova of Tajikistan won the bronze medal in the womens under
44kg category at the taekwondo competition of the 2010 Youth Olympic
Games. She participated in the Singapore Youth Olympic Games through
the invitation of the Universality Program.

First of all, congratulations on your great achievement at the


2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games. How did you feel when
you won the bronze medal?
When I got an Olympic medal at the Youth Olympic Games, I was a bit
disappointed because I had wanted to win the gold medal in the YOG. But I
accepted what I achieved, the bronze medal, and appreciated it. Thank God.

Is there any change in your daily life after winning the medal at
the Youth Olympic Games?
When I won the Olympic medal, I really started to believe myself that I can also
be a champion because the others are just like me and if I try my best, I can
win. I could believe myself and the experiences of my teachers and coaches in
taekwondo. I came to trust my coach more than before because what he said
about me and the expected result came true. I became famous in my country,
which I dont like. I do not want to be famous. It is not my wish. I just like
taekwondo.

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I know that you liked taekwondo since you were a child. Who
actually motivated you to start taekwondo? Can you explain
more about your motivation to start taekwondo?
When I was 10 years old, I watched a taekwondo show and competition on
TV. I liked it and thought it was so beautiful. Then, my father took me to the
taekwondo club at our national taekwondo federation in 1996, and encouraged
me to learn it. So I started training and my trainer and coach liked me so much
that they encouraged and worked hard for me. They also selected me as a
talented athlete. After that whenever I saw how sincerely my trainer helped me,
I became more serious and more passionate about taekwondo.
You practiced taekwondo for four years, a relatively short time
period, compared to other athletes. What do you think are the
reasons for your great achievement?
My coach, Jamshed Abdujaborov, who was with me at the YOG and my senior
coach, Ismatullo Khojaev, who worked very hard with me. Thanks to them
they believed that I could do it. They also confided in me and had trust in me.

What is your next step or future goal for taekwondo?


The YOG was my first step in taekwondo. As a next step, I want to be a champion
of the World Championships and the 2012 London Olympic Games. But for this,
to merit this position, I must do a lot of work with a firm determination. I hope
that I will be able to do it. After that, I would like to be a coach.

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Question &
Answer
First of all, congratulations on your great achievement at the
2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games! How did you feel when
you won the bronze medal?
I was ecstatic and proud that I had contributed to the medal tally of my country,
and also for bringing glory to the Singapore Taekwondo Federation which has
been very supportive.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who had contributed to
my success for without which it would not have been possible for me. I thank
my parents for allowing me to pick up taekwondo; the Singapore Taekwondo
Federation for their full support and development of my taekwondo career
by providing me with all the trainings and competitions; my coaches for their
encouragement and faith in me; and my teammates for providing me with the
training support, mentally and physically but more importantly, being my friends.

Is there any change in your daily life after winning the medal at
the Youth Olympic Games?
I got a few stares now and then, but there hasnt been much of a significant
change in my life.
How was your experience of the 2010 Youth Olympic Games?
Did you meet and make friends with many people from different
countries there? What did you find most special or interesting
at the Youth Olympic Games?
The 2010 Youth Olympic Games had a very fun atmosphere outside the
competition venue and I am glad to say that I made friends with other taekwondo
athletes as well as athletes from other disciplines. One thing special about the
YOG is that we get to learn about the cultures of other countries through the
Cultural Experience Program.

Did your participation in the Youth Olympic Games change your


view of the world? If so, in what aspects?
I learned that how a persons acts are not representative of their country. The
world has many peoples and each country should not be judged by the negative
behaviors of some of the citizens.

Mr. Tan of Singapore won the bronze medal in the mens under 55kg
category in the taekwondo competition of the 1st Youth Olympic
Games in Singapore, earning his country Singapore the first medal at
the inaugural Youth Olympic Games.

What motivated you to start practicing taekwondo?

I picked up taekwondo in 1998 at the age of 5 due to my sisters insistence


on me learning a martial art with her. Over the years, her interest in the sport
dwindled whereas mine peaked. My club coach, on noticing how interested
I was in the Olympic-style sparring, brought me to Singapore Polytechnic where
I trained with the teenagers and adults. They were instructed not to hold back on
me, whereas I knew I had to muster up my courage and train hard to improve.
This went on for a couple of years, and during this period of time, I also crossed
to train in other sport disciplines to improve my fitness such as dragon boating
and soccer. In 2009, my coach decided I was ready to take part in competitions,
and thus I started competing in local tournaments. Toward the end of 2009, I
took part in open selections organized by the Singapore Taekwondo Federation
and was selected into the national team.

Is there any taekwondo athlete that you admire? If so, who is it?
I greatly admire Mr. Hadi Saei of Iran and Mr. Son Tae-jin of Korea.

What is your next step or future goal for taekwondo?


I hope to qualify for the 2011 South East Asian (SEA) Games as well as to
promote taekwondo in my country as an ambassador for sports in the future.

From then onwards, I trained with the national players and under the tutelage of
the national coach, Ms. Wong Liang Ming. I am grateful of her for bringing my
game to a higher level and allowed me to compete with those in the region.

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IRAN WINS OVERALL MENS


TITLE AT 8th WORLD JUNIOR
TAEKWONDO CHAMPIONSHIPS
Iran clinched the overall mens
title by winning three gold
medals, one silver medal and
one bronze medal for a total of
68 points at the 8th WTF World
Junior Taekwondo Championships, which were
held in a great success in Tijuana, Mexico on
March 6-9, 2010.
Korea came next with three gold medals and
one bronze medal for 62 points, followed by
Turkey, Russia and Mexico in the mens division.
In the 16-year history of the WTF World Junior
Championships, it marked the first time that Korea
failed to defend its overall mens title.
In the womens category, Korea defended its
overall title by grabbing four golds, two silvers and
one bronze for 82 points. China came next with
three golds, followed by Turkey, the United States
and Croatia.
The four-day World Junior Championships, which
took place at the Multi-Purpose Gymnasium of
the High Performance Sports Center, were a great
success for good reasons.
The championships, which were held in a very
orderly manner, drew a total of 696 athletes
from a record 97 countries. Reflecting the high
popularity of taekwondo around the world, many
countries broadcast the championships in both live
or delayed formats.
Among the participating nations were Algeria,
Ghana, Mali, Afghanistan, Jordan, Uzbekistan,
Belarus, Georgia, Monaco, Trinidad & Tobago,
Barbados, Guam and French Polynesia.
The previous World Junior Championships which
were held in Izmir, Turkey in May 2008 drew
athletes from 80 countries, compared with 73
countries at the 6th World Junior Championships
in Vietnam in July 2006.

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The 1st WTF Photo Contest was held on the


occasion of the Mexico championships, which
featured electronic body protectors and an instant
video replay system.
The Best Referee Awards of the championships
went to five referees: Mr. Jose Eduardo of Aruba,
Mr. Argubi Mohamed of the Netherlands, Ms. Chiu
Carmen of Macau, Mr. David Coupar of Denmark,
and Ms. Soo Hyun Park of Korea.
Five coaches were selected as the Best Coaches
of the championships. They were Koreas Bong
Suk Lee, Irans Reza Zavavar, Mexicos Young Sun
Bang, Chinas Dong Wan Lee, and Azerbaijans
Jung Bae Jeon.
Mexicos Cesar Roman Rodriguez, the gold medal
winner in the mens -51kg weight category,
was selected as the Best Male Athlete of the
championships, while the Best Female Athlete
honors went to Chinas Lulu Fei, the gold medal
winner in the womens over 68kg division.
The Active Participation Prize was shared by
Kazakhstan, Greece and Puerto Rico, while the
Good Fighting Spirit Prize went to Tahiti, Nigeria
and Portugal.
Day 1
The opening day of the four-day event featured
five weight categories: the mens -55kg, the mens
+78kg, the womens -49kg, the womens -68kg
and the womens +68kg.
China won two gold medals on the opening day,
while Iran, Puerto Rico and Azerbaijan clinched
one gold each.
Puerto Ricos Myrilan Vargas brushed aside a stiff
challenge from Jordans Dana Touran to win the
gold medal in the womens -49kg weight division.
The bronze went to Chinese Taipeis Chia Ying Lin
and Japans Mayu Hamada.

In the womens -68kg weight category,


Chinas Zheng Shuyin won the gold medal
as she defeated Koreas Na Ye Seok in
the divisions final match. The bronze was
shared by the Netherlands Akdeniz Aylin
and Swedens Kristina Pella.
In the womens +68kg category, Chinas
Fei Lulu crushed Turkeys Nafia Kus in
the final match to earn her country the
second gold medal on the opening day of
the World Junior Championships. Greeces
Christidou Grammatiki and Croatias Rados
Mia clinched the bronze medal each in the
division.
In the mens -55kg final match, Irans
Rezaei Kaveh came from behind to beat
Cubas Jose Cobas Del for the gold medal.
Thailands Kiatakamolwong Peeradol and
the United States Seth Wolfe each clinched
the bronze medal in the division.
Azerbaijans Aydin Bahmalov won the gold
medal as he beat Jordans Yazan Alsadeq in
the final match of the mens +78kg weight
category. The bronze went to Koreas Young
Keun Kim and Chinese Taipeis Tsung Han
Cho.
In the afternoon, there was an
opening ceremony of the World Junior
Championships.
The opening ceremony drew Gov. Jose Guadalupe Osuna Millan of Baja California;
Mayor Jorge Ramos Hernandez of the city of Tijuana; Mr. Juan Manuel Lopez
Delgado, president of the Mexican Taekwondo Federation.

This event provides the highest level of competition. The best young athletes of
taekwondo from around the world are here sharing in one sport, but with a thousand
dreams, said Dr. Chungwon Choue, president of the World Taekwondo Federaion, in
his speech during the opening ceremony.
Dr. Choue said, We all know of the terrible events that took place in Haiti and Chile
and are saddened that these teams were unable to join us. However, our goal of
taekwondo being a great influence on the lives of our young athletes is coming true.
Through our sport, we are able to reach out to those in need, like Haiti and
Chile. Our youth see this and they learn how to contribute to the world and build
friendships, he said. We come together in the spirit of friendship, competition, and
true compassion for each other. You can see this every time these young athletes
shake hands at the end of each match.
He said, We just completed the WTF World Taekwondo Qualification Tournament
for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, and have selected those who will compete in
Singapore this summer. The first ever Youth Olympic Games in Singapore are the
result of the International Olympic Committees goal of promoting youth through
sport. The WTF has long shared this same goal and it will not stop here in Tijuana or
in Singapore.

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Korean So Ra Lim clinched the gold medal in the


womens -52kg weight division as she outpointed
Croatian Rastovic Tanja 6-4 in the final match.
Vietnams Giang Doan Thi Houng and Spains Laia
Martinez Ramirez grabbed the bronze medal each in
the same weight category.
In the womens -59kg weight division, Koreas So Yun
Mun crushed Iranian Farzaveh Sahebi 22-3 in the final
match to grab the gold medal. The bronze went to
Russias Kuzheleva Ekaterina and Tunisias Borji Nihel.
Host Mexicos Carlos Navarro Valdez earned his country
the gold medal on the third day as he outpointed Irans
Solimani Mohammad 11-8 in the mens -45kg weight
division. The bronze went to Russias Kazakov Dmitry
and Turkeys Ibrahim Pak.

Day 2
Host Mexcio clinched one gold medal on the second
day of the World Junior Taekwondo Championships.
The United States, China, Turkey and Korea also
grabbed one gold each.
In the womens -44kg weight division, the United
States Cheyenne Lewis clinched the gold medal as
she beat Koreas Mi Hui Choi. The bronze went to
Ukraines Romoidanova Iryna and Irans Shirjahani
Maryam.
Chinas Li Wanhui beat Frances Haby Niare to win the
gold medal in the womens -63kg weight category.
Russian Potapova Alexandra and Korean You Jin Jang
shared the bronze medal.
In the mens -48kg weight category, Koreas Jeong
Hun Kim earned his country the first gold medal at
the 8th World Junior Championships. The silver went
to Jordans Al Ahmad. Iranian Ahmadi Danial and Thai
Emsri Karepol shared the bronze medal in the division.
In the mens -51kg weight division, Mexicos Rodriguez
Cesar Roman gave his country the first gold as he
brushed aside a stiff challenge from Russian Denisenko

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Alexey in the final match. Turkeys Omer Aksoy and


Japans Daisuke Harada shared the bronze medal.
Turkeys Ozan Bindak needed a sudden-death round
to clinch the gold medal in the mens -73kg weight
division against Germanys Gulec Tahir. The bronze
went to Argentinas Agustin Alves and Belaruss
Aliaksandr Shmakou.
Day 3
Korea reaffirmed its supremacy in taekwondo as it won
four out of six gold medals up for grabs on the third
day of the World Junior Taekwondo Championships.
Host Mexico and Iran clinched one gold medal each at
the World Junior Championships.
In the mens -68kg final match, Koreas Je Geun Kim
defeated Croatias Solenicki Tin 7-4 to win the gold
medal. The bronze went to Spains Manuel Beloqui
Jimenez and Canadas Jeffrey Trieu.
In the womens -42kg weight division, Koreas Na
Hee Song won the gold medal by defeating Croatias
Pavlovic Ana 5-3 in the final match. Turkeys Nurgul
Celik and the United States Glulana Gil shared the
bronze medal in the category.

In the mens -78kg weight division, Irans


Darvishhardouei Morteza clinched the gold medal as
he beat Portugals Femandes Jean Michel 12-9 in
the final match. Lebanons Khalil Bassel and Spains
Gaspar Trabalon Rodriguez earned their respective
countries the bronze medal.

Day 4 (Final)

TEAM RANKING BY POINTS


Men
Rk. Nation
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20

Iran
Korea
Turkey
Russia
Mexico
Spain
Canada
Greece
U.S.A.
Kazakhstan
Germany
Azerbaijan
Jordan
Chinese Taipei
China
Brazil
Thailand
Croatia
Australia
Italy

Women

Pts

B Rk. Nation

68
62
49
41
40
32
30
27
24
23
22
21
21
21
20
20
19
18
17
17

3
3
1

1
1
3
2

1
2

2
2
1
1
1
1
2
1

2
1

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20

Korea
China
Turkey
U.S.A.
Croatia
Russia
Mexico
Chinese Taipei
France
Germany
Puerto Rico
Iran
Canada
Spain
Greece
Jordan
Australia
Kazakhstan
Great Britain
Netherlands

Pts

82
52
41
32
27
27
26
23
22
22
21
21
20
19
18
15
15
15
14
13

4
3
1
1

1
1
1
2

2
1

1
1
1
1
1

1
1
1
1

1
1

The final day of the World Junior Championships featured four weight
divisions.
In the mens -63kg category, Irans Homayouni Amirhossein crushed
Marcin Anikiej from Poland 15-3 in the final match for the gold medal.
The bronze went to Canadas Shashank Bhat and Cubas Daniel Miranda
Fidalgo.
In the mens -59kg category, Koreas In Chang Jeong managed to grab
the gold medal as he outpointed Greeces Tzellos Kleanthis in the final
match 6-5. Russias Echilov Khadzhimurad and Turkeys Yusuf Kocaman
shared the bronze in the division.
In the womens -46kg division, Turkeys Kubra Cakir won the gold medal
by defeating Mexicos Gallegos Vanessa 8-1 in the final match. The
bronze went to Canadas Elodie Beaulieu and Germanys Nolp Sabrina.
In the womens -55kg category, Koreas Su Ji Choi outpointed Great
Britains Jade Jones for the gold medal. Tunisias Ben Ali Rahma and
Thailands Roeksirirat Sirada shared the bronze medal.

AZERBAIJAN, RUSSIA CLINCH


OVERALL MENS, WOMENS TITLE
AT 2nd WORLD PARA-TAEKWONDO
CHAMPIONSHIPS
Azerbaijan
won one
gold, four
silver
and three
bronze medals for the
overall mens title at the
2nd WTF World ParaTaekwondo Championships
in St. Petersburg, Russia
on May 10, 2010.
Turkey came next with two gold and three bronze medals, followed by Spain with
one gold, one silver and one bronze and host Russia with one gold and two bronze
medals. France finished fifth with one gold and one bronze.
In the womens category, host Russia clinched the overall womens title with one gold
and one silver, followed by Canada with one gold and the United Kingdom with one
silver. Azerbaijan and Turkey came next with one bronze each.
The Good Fighting Spirit Award went to Tajikistan, while Mongolia grabbed the Active
Participation Award.

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Prior to the semifinal matches, there was an opening ceremony of the 2nd World ParaTaekwondo Championships. The ceremony drew high-ranking sports figures, including
Mr. Ivan Dibos, an IOC member of Peru and vice president of the WTF; Mr. Pavel
Novikov, deputy minister of sport, tourism and youth policy of the Russian Federation;
and Mr. Anatoly K. Terekhov, president of the Russian Taekwondo Union.

A total of 65 athletes from 21 countries on the five continents competed in the 2nd
WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships, which took place at the Yubileyny
Sports Complex in downtown St. Petersburg. The one-day event featured eight male
and two female categories.

In his opening speech, WTF President Chungwon Choue said, From the beginning of
humankind, as a species we have faced challenges head-on. We have found that any
goal can be met if a desire is held in our hearts. Today, we gather to celebrate the
enduring will of the humanity to rise up and accomplish greatness.

The 1st WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships were held in Baku, Azerbaijan
on June 10, 2009, drawing a total of 36 athletes and 18 officials from 16 countries.

The power and practice of taekwondo is bound by no limits: not by age, gender,
race, religion, nationality, nor physicality. It gives strength to the soul to overcome any
obstacle, Choue said.

The St. Petersburg championships used an electronic body protector system and an
instant video replay system to ensure fair judging and refereeing.
The Olympic weight divisions applied to the Para-Taekwondo Championships: -58kg,
-68kg, -80kg and +80kg for male contestants; -49kg, -57kg, -67kg and +67kg for
female contestants.
Modified competition rules applied to the championships. Attacks to the head were
prohibited and the duration of the contest was three rounds of one minute each with
a one-minute break between rounds.
Weight divisions were modified as follows: amputation with both limbs above elbows,
amputation of one limb above the elbow, amputation of both limbs below the elbows,
and amputation of one limb below the elbow.

He continued to say, Last year, we were all inspired by our first-ever WTF World
Para-Taekwondo Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. What began as a trial became
a historical event where athletes displayed the philosophy and spirit of taekwondo in
ways that had never been achieved before.
The 2nd WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships are about courage, hope,
inspiration and dreams. It is through your courage that you will inspire others with
disabilities to have hope for their dreams, Choue said. It is for this reason that the
WTF is putting forward great efforts to make taekwondo a sport in the Paralympics.
He said, It is important to remember in all of our endeavors that it isnt the destination
of our adventures that should be valued. It is the journey itself that defines our
successes. The path you have taken reveals your integrity, grace and heart to
succeed in your endeavor.

TOP FIVE TEAMS


Rank

Male Division

Female Division

Azerbaijan

Russia

Turkey

Canada

Spain

United Kingdom

Russia

Azerbaijan

France

Turkey

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INDIVIDUAL WINNERS BY CATEGORY


(2nd World Para-Taekwondo Championships)
MALE DIVISION
Weight Category: Male A56 -80
1
2
3
3

Andrew Currie, Steven


Jafarzadeh, Mahmoud
Gokbaba, Yasar Sami
Sairanen, Matti

Australia
Iran
Turkey
Finland

1
2
3
3

Weight Category: Male A567 -68


1
2
3

Kumaev, Muhtar
Huseynov, Anar
Saez-Manzanares, Nicolas

Kayan, Bayram
Sebates, Felix A
Nyamganid, Alexandr
Adishirinov, Vugar

Russia
Azerbaijan
France

1
2
3
3

Hasanov, Huseyn
Samadov, Mahmud
Amado Garagarza, Gabriel
Tokdogan, Yasin

France
Spain
Russia
Azerbaijan

David Nissim, Ben Elisha


Ismayilov, Vusal
Sabato, Pierpaolo
Amell, Gene

Israel
Azerbaijan
Italy
Canada

Weight Category: Male A8 -58


Turkey
United States
Mongolia
Azerbaijan

1
2
3
3

Weight Category: Male A8 -68


1
2
3
3

Bopha, Kong
Vidal Alarez, Alejandro
Istamulov, Lukman
Nursaddinov, Emin

Weight Category: Male A6 +80

Weight Category: Male A78 -80


1
2
3
3

What are the major plans, goals and activities of the WTF
Paralympic Committee for 2011?

Weight Category: Male A567 -58

Satana, Athami Jose


Rahnama, Mehdi Pour
Gahramanli, Rovshan
Davaasuren, Shirnen

Spain
Iran
Azerbaijan
Mongolia

Weight Category: Male A8 Over 80kg


Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan
Spain
Turkey

1
2
3
3

Erdogan, Turan
Bayramov, Jahangir
Aydogdu, Cengiz
Ataev, Zainutdinov

Turkey
Azerbaijan
Turkey
Russia

FEMALE DIVISION
Weight Category: Female A5,6 Under 49kg
1
2

Sheykhakhmedova, Dilyara
Papizhuk, Anastasya

Russia
Russia

Weight Category: Female A8 Over 67kg


1
2
3
3

Dawn Standeven, Lisa


Truesdale, Amy
Celik, Gulsun
Mammadova, Aynur

Canada
United Kingdom
Turkey
Azerbaijan

First of all, we should focus on further


developing and promoting para-taekwondo
among WTF member countries. The
International Paralympics Committee
decided in December 2010 on the official
program for 2016 Rio Paralympic Games,
and taekwondo was not included. I am not
disappointed, but feel renewed commitment
and determination for development of
para-taekwondo and will try again in the
near future.
To enhance the WTFs chances of having
para-taekwondo be included in the official
program of the Paralympic Games, there
are foundational elements which need to be
addressed:
1. Participation We must encourage participation of athletes in parataekwondo events to ensure that we have the critical mass to sustain the sport
for years to come.
2. Marketing We must develop a strong marketing plan to both support and
encourage participation from the national sports organizations down to the
individual athletes in their respective schools.
3. MNA involvement The WTF has 192 member nations. More must be done
to organize the efforts of creating venues for participation and selection of
potential athletes.
On a regular basis, the WTF has encouraged and solicited participation from the
MNAs through correspondence and information sharing. In addition, entry fees
were waived from World Taekwondo Championships in the past, and assistance
was provided by organizing committees (e.g. room and board) to ease the
financial burden on athletes, and allow more people to participate.

Question &
Answer
What efforts has the WTF Paralympic Committee made for the
development of para-taekwondo?
As a committee, we have created and defined the definition of para-taekwondo.
This is an important step from the beginning to ensure that we have created and
established the right amount of governance to see success for athletes and the
WTF para-taekwondo program.
Our committee has created and
put forward for WTF approval, the
classification guidance for Amputee
Athletes, and the rules manual for
amputee sparring. It is expected that
as time goes by, further guidance
documentation will be created
to provide the correct level of
governance over other activities such
as poomsae and other disabilities
such as cerebral palsy, for example.
As a requirement and ascension
step of the IPC, the WTF ParaTaekwondo Committee assisted the
WTF in administering two World
Para-Taekwondo Championships
that exceeded the participation
requirements of the IPC.
The first was held in Baku Azerbaijan in 2009, and the second was held in St.
Petersburg, Russia in 2010. Although these two venues were not as well-known
as other capital cities, the participation requirements were exceeded, and we
were all pleased with the results.
The committee and the WTF are currently in the development of the 3rd WTF
World Para-Taekwondo Championships which will be held in Santa Cruz, Aruba in
2012. This event is expected to be more successful than the last two and more
events are planned.

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Question &
Answer
Ms. Lisa Dawn Standeven of Canada, the gold medalist at the 2nd WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia, is busy with playing all
different roles: wife, mother of three children, teacher-turned businessperson, taekwondo teacher and practitioner.
She talks about who she is, what is taekwondo for her and why she loves taekwondo. Lets meet her and her taekwondo family!
Can you tell us about you, your job, your hobby, your family and
so on?
I am a 43-year-old wife and
mother of three children (4, 9
and 10 years old). I have been
a teacher for students with
special needs for 15 years and a
principal for the last 4 years of my
teaching career. My husband and
I own a growing business in the
waste and recycling industry and
I recently left my teaching career
to help manage this business. We
have a small taekwondo school
that runs classes twice a week.
I teach at after-school program,
and both my husband and I teach
at our teen and adult class in
the evening. My main hobby is
taekwondo, but I enjoy running
and hiking as well.

You also participated in the 1st Pan Am Para-Taekwondo


Championships held in Monterrey, Mexico. What motivates you
to keep participating in many competitions?
When I was invited to participate in the Pan Am Para-Taekwondo
Championships in Monterrey, I accepted right away. I began training
immediately, as I only had two months to prepare. I love sparring and I am
a very goal-driven individual, so competing at the national and international
level is extremely motivating. Travelling and training with the Canadian national
team was a tremendous honor and an extremely valuable learning experience.
I believe the Pan American Taekwondo Union made great steps toward
encouraging para-competitors, by including the para-sparring as part of the
main-stream Pan Am Championships.
Being included, as much as possible, in the main-stream competitions is an
excellent way to change the perceptions of others toward disabled athletes and
to motivate those with disabilities to set lofty goals and work hard toward them.
Part of my motivation for attending these events, is the hope that doing so will
encourage even more skilled competitors in the para-division.

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The year 2010 may have been a bit special to you. You
participated in the 2nd WTF World Para-Taekwondo
Championships and won the gold medal in your weight
category (+67kg). Can you tell us how did you feel when you
won the gold medal, and also how was the experience there in general?
2010 was definitely an exciting year for me. Travelling to Russia to compete in
sparring was an amazing experience. I was so heartened to see the numbers
of athletes with limited use of their arms and hands that possessed the same
spirit and passion for taekwondo that you see in the able-body events. In fact,
many of them compensated for the lack of use of their arms, by developing
incredible speed and accuracy in their kicks. I met many kind and supportive
athletes.
I was quite unsure what I would face in terms of competition. It was my first
experience sparring others with a similar disability as me. My final match
against Great Britains Amy Truesdale was challenging. She is a skilled martial
artist and half my age. I suppose my physical strength and my determination
carried me through to win in overtime. She is a formidable opponent.

Can you tell us what taekwondo means for you?

For me, taekwondo is a hobby and passion that involves my entire family.
Taekwondo provides me with the opportunity to do three things I love: teach,
compete and travel. It is a physical activity that challenges me physically and
mentally. And recently, it has become an outlet for me to share some life
learning with others who face challenges in their lives.

What aspect of taekwondo do you like most?

Winning gold was very exciting, if not a bit surreal. I was so proud of myself, my
master and for Canada.

Can you tell us when and how you started practicing


taekwondo?
I started training taekwondo when I was 19, as a means to prepare for a career
as a police officer. My fianc (now husband) was a black belt and we trained
together. I was a green belt under Grand Master Jung Yang (Jay) Park, when
I had an industrial accident that left me an amputee. Obviously, my life took a
different turn and I left taekwondo for over 20 years. When my children joined
taekwondo classes 4 years ago, my husband and I joined them. We all returned
to Grand Master Parks school. He has been very supportive and always treated
me the same as all his other students.

For me, taekwondo is an excellent way to stay fit, but I especially love that
it combines extreme physical workouts with cerebral focus. Not only do you
engage your body, but your mind as well. I love the excitement of sparring, the
beauty of poomsae and, of course, I love to teach so instructing is always fun
for me.

How do you think practicing taekwondo will help or positively


affect the people with physical or mental challenge?
Having worked with students with special needs for my entire teaching career,
I can see so many benefits to involving disabled individuals in taekwondo. First,
having the ability to defend oneself is a life skill that everyone should possess.
Second, the combination of physical and mental focus helps strengthen
pathways in the brain, improving access to all learning. Third, focus on
self-discipline, self-confidence and respect lends well to social development
of those with developmental or behavioural disabilities. The fact that it is an
individual sport allows many different types of students with varied skills to
participate at their level and advance at their own rate, but with the support of
other participants and instructors.

Is there any message that you would like to deliver to the


global taekwondo family?
My message to the taekwondo family would be this: Put away misconceptions
of others. Open your mind to those who participate at different levels and
celebrate the true passion that exists in those who take part in the sport and art
of taekwondo. I remember reading an anonymous quote about taekwondo. You
have to do it, to get it. I believe that quote speaks to the indomitable spirit of
taekwondo. Whether we are white-belt, black-belt, international competitor or
taekwondo mom, the passion exists in all of us. Whatever your goals or dreams
may be, believe in them and work hard to see them achieved and dont forget
to have fun.

Lastly, can you tell us what is your plans for 2011 for
taekwondo and also for your life in general?
2011 will continue to be a year of growth for me. Nationals in Canada are
upcoming, as is my next promotion test. We are in the process of building
a gym for our classes and for training. With luck that will be completed in
February. I will continue to train and learn and support my students and fellow
competitors. I hope to learn more about coaching and instructing, but sparring
will always be my love and my focus.

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TEAM COMPETITION RESULTS


Mens Division

Womens Division

Nation

Nation

Iran

Korea

Spain

China

Turkey

Turkey

Korea

Thiland

Russia

Mexico

U.S.A.

Russia

China

France

Chinese Taipei

U.S.A.

Rank

IRAN, KOREA CLINCH MENS


AND WOMENS TITLE OF 2010
WORLD CUP TAEKWONDO TEAM
CHAMPIONSHIPS
Iran and Korea showed their supremacy in taekwondo as they
grabbed the mens and womens title, respectively, at the 2010 WTF
World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships, which wrapped up on
July 20, 2010 after four days of competition in Urumqi, China.
The World Cup event, which took place at the Xinjiang Sports Center Gymnasium,
drew 19 male and 20 female teams from 23 countries. All the invited teams fielded
four athletes each. A total of 210 athletes, including 10 top-ranked players on the
WTF Athlete Ranking, attended the World Cup event.
In the mens final team competition, Iran beat Spain 3-1 to clinch the gold medal.
Turkey and Korea shared the bronze medal in the mens division.
In the womens division, Korea came from behind to grab the gold medal, while
China had to settle for the silver. Korean Wang Hae-ree brushed aside a stiff
challenge from Chinas Lei Jie in the fifth round of the fifth match to earn her country
the gold medal.

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The bronze in the womens division went to Thailand and Turkey.


Koreas Hwang Kyung-seon was chosen as the female Most Valuable Player of the
event, while Irans Mohammed Motamed became the male Most Valuable Player.
The Good Fighting Spirit Awards went to Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Great Britain.
Tunisia, Egypt and Azerbaijan each won Active Participation Prizes.
The Best Referee Awards went to Mr. Mohammed Bin Ishaq of the United Arab
Emirates, Mr. Si Liang of China and Ms. Julie Georges Dib of Lebanon.
Irans Reza Mehmandoust earned the male Best Coach Award, while Koreas Park
Eun-seon won the female Best Coach Award.
The countries which dispatched male teams to the World Cup were host China,
Korea, Iran, Chinese Taipei, Jordan, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Senegal,
Egypt, Spain, Turkey, Denmark, Great Britain, Azerbaijan, Russia, the United States,

Mexico, and Australia.


The countries which sent female teams were China,
Korea, Iran, Chinese Taipei, Jordan, Thailand, Vietnam,
Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia,
Spain, Turkey, France, Great Britain, Russia, the United
States, Mexico and Australia.
The male and female teams were divided into five
groups each and the top five countries at the 2009
World Taekwondo Championships and host China
were seeded. The preliminary matches were held
for three days from July 17 on a round-robin format.
Top five teams and three best-record teams among
the second-placed teams in the mens and womens
division of the preliminary round advanced to the
quarterfinal round. The quarterfinal, semifinal and final
matches were conducted in a single elimination format
on July 20.
The seeded countries in the mens division were Korea,
Iran, Spain, Turkey and host China; while those in the
womens division were Korea, Spain, France, the United
States and host China.

A protector and scoring system (PSS), formerly


electronic body protectors, and an instant video replay
system were used at the World Cup event, which
features four Olympic weight categories of -58kg,
-68kg, -80kg and +80kg in the mens division; -49kg,
-57kg, -67kg and +67kg in the womens category.
No protests were lodged during the four days of
competition.

Autonomous Region and chairman of the Organizing


Committee; Mr. Cui Dalin, president of the Chinese
Taekwondo Association and vice minister of the
General Administration of Sports of China; Mr.
Li Guangming, party secretary of the CPC Party
Groups of Administration of Sports of the Xinjiang
Uygur Autonomous Region and vice chairman of the
Organizing Committee.

All the competitions were conducted in a very orderly,


dynamic atmosphere. The three days of preliminaries
were conducted in a round-robin format, while the
final day of competition was conducted in a single
elimination format.

Other VIPs were Grnadmaster Kang Won-sik, new


president of the Kukkiwon, and Mr. Dai-soon Lee, vice
president of the World Taekwondo Federation and
chairman of the Taekwondo Promotion Foundation.

The previous World Cup Taekwondo Team


Championships were held in Baku, Azerbaijan in June
2009, in which Turkey took the gold medal, Iran the
silver and Azerbaijan and Russia bronze each in the
mens division, while Korea took the gold, Russia the
silver and Rurkey and Morocco the bronze each in the
womens division.
On July 16, one day before the opening of the World
Cup competition, an opening ceremony was held at
the competition venue for two hours from 9 p.m. The
colorful cultural and dancing performances, as well as
the taekwondo performance of the WTF Taekwondo
Demonstration Team drew big applause from over
2,000 spectators.
Among the VIPs from the Chinese side attending
the opening ceremony were Mr. Zhang Chunxian,
secretary of the CPC Committee of the Xinjiang
Uygur Autonomous Region and honorary chairman of
the Organizing Committee; Mr. Nur Bekri, governor
of the Peoples Government of the Xinjiang Uygur

In a speech, WTF President Chungwon Choue said,


The WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships
are set apart from other events by one characteristic:
Team.The magic of competition becomes more alive
when shared with teammates. The feeling of victory
is multiplied and difficulties lessened when they are
shared with teammates.
This year taekwondo became part of the European
and World Masters Games. Last month, our sport was
confirmed as an optional sport for the Commonwealth
Games. And next month the top takewondo youth
athletes will be part of the first ever Youth Olympic
Games, WTF President Choue said.
Shortly prior to the opening ceremony, WTF President
Choue presented a letter of appointment to 40
international referees who officiate at this World Cup
Championships.

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WTF COUNCIL
APPROVES ARUBA AS
HOST OF 2012 WORLD
CUP TAEKWONDO TEAM
CHAMPIONSHIPS
The World Taekwondo Federation held its Council meeting at
the Yin Du Hotel in Urumqi, China on July 19, 2010, in which
Council members decided on important issues.
The Council gave the Aruba Taekwondo Association the
right to host the 2010 WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team
Championships and the 3rd WTF World Para-Taekwondo
Championships in 2012 in Santa Cruz, while it approved the
Egyptian Taekwondo Federation to host the 9th WTF World
Junior Taekwondo Championships in Sharm El Sheikh in
November of 2012.
In recognition of its efforts for the promotion of taekwondo,
the Council promoted the status of Macao from a provisional
member to a full member.

Council members were briefed on the establishment of


the proposed "WTF Academy," which will be in charge
of international referee seminars, coach seminars, and
taekwondo symposiums, as well as studies for the practical
use of the WTF-designated training centers around the world.
They were also briefed on the launch of the WTF Global
Membership System (GMS) and the establishment of a
preparatory committee for the WTFs 40th anniversary in
2013, as well as the operation of a new system for a referee
pool and a judge pool.
At the very beginning of the Council meeting, WTF President
Chungwon Choue introduced Grandmaster Won-sik Kang,
new president of the Kukkiwon, to the Council members.

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TAEKWONDO COMPETITION AT
1st SPORTACCORD COMBAT
GAMES WRAPS UP IN GREAT SUCCESS

Beijing Olympic Games, advanced to the final round as he outpointed his semifinal
opponent, Balla Dieye from Senegal.
Huang Jiannan of China and Balla Dieye of Senegal grabbed the bronze medal each
in the mens division.
In the womens -67kg weight category, Koreas Hwang Kyung-seon easily beat
Croatias Petra Matijasevic 6-0 in the final match for the gold medal. Hwang, the
gold medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the gold medalist at the 2009
World Taekwondo Championships, reached the final match as she brushed aside
a stiff challenge from
Chinese Taipeis Chuang
Chia Chia in the semifinal
match.
The bronze medal in the
womens category went
to Chuang Chia Chia
from Chinese Taipei and
Khaoula Ben Hamza from
Tunisia.
In the mens -80kg
weight division, Irans
Masoud Hajizavareh beat
Spains Nicolas Garcia
Hemme 3-2 in the final
match for the gold medal. Hajizavareh advanced to the final round as he outpointed
6-5 his semifinal opponent, Mauro Sarmiento from Italy.

The taekwondo competition at the 1st SportAccord Combat Games


was successfully held in Beijing, China on Sept. 2, 2010.
The one-day taekwondo competition of the inaugural event, which
featured eight Olympic weight categories and took place at the
Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium, drew a total of 58 athletes
from 26 countries.
Out of the 26 countries, 17 countries won at least one medal at the taekwondo
competition, showing an even level of taekwondo techniques among countries.
According to the medal tally in the womens division, Korea and Chinese Taipei
topped other countries as they each won one gold and one bronze medal, followed
by Spain and Great Britain with one gold medal each.

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he earned the first point in the fourth sudden-death round in the final match against
Kazakhstans Arman Chilmanov.
Chinas Hu Yaxin and Russias Roman Kuznetsov grabbed the bronze medal each in
the mens division.
The WTF Taekwondo Demonstration Team made three taekwondo demonstrations at
the competition venue, drawing big applause from the spectators.
An instant video replay system and an electronic protector and scoring system (PSS)
were used at the taekwondo competition.

MEDAL TALLY BY NATION


Men

Women

Nation

Nation

Mauro Sarmiento of Italy and Kim Joon-tae of Korea won the bronze medal each in
the mens division.

Iran

Chinese Taipei

Spain

Korea

In the womens -49kg weight category, Spains Brigida Yague Enrique needed a
fourth sudden-death round to beat Thailands Buttree Puedpong in the final match
for the gold medal.

Italy

Great Britain

Korea

Spain

The bronze medal in the womens category went to Chinas Wu Jingyu, the gold
medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and Frances Yasmina Zora Aziez.

China

France

Mexico

Croatia

In the mens category, Spain and Iran each won one gold and one silver, topping
other nations. Korea and Italy followed with one gold and one bronze each.

In the mens -58kg weight division, Spains Joel Gonzalez Bonilla easily beat
Mexicos Guillermo Perez Sandoval in the final match for the gold medal.

Kazakhstan

Israel

Egypt

Thailand

In the womens -57kg weight category, Chinese Taipeis Tseng Pei Hua outpointed
Israels Bat-El Gatterer 6-5 in the final match for the gold medal. Tseng, the bronze
medal winner at the 2009 WTF World Taekwondo Championships in Copenhagen,
Denmark, advanced to the final match as she easily beat her semifinal opponent,
Italys Veronica Calabrese, 6-3.

Chutchawal Khawlaor of Thailand and Sherif Shaaban of Egypt took home the bronze
medal each in the mens division.

Russia

China

Senegal

Egypt

Thailand

Italy

Mexico

Tunisia

Total

Total

The bronze medal in the womens category went to Italys Veronica Calabrese and
Egypts Mohamed Yasser Hend.
In the mens -68kg weight division, Koreas Son Tae-jin beat Irans Reza Naderian
6-3 in the final match for the gold medal. Son, the gold medal winner at the 2008

In the womens +67kg weight category, Great Britains Bianca Michaela Walkden
earned her country the first gold medal at the event with a superiority victory over
Frances Gwladys Epangue.
The bronze medal in the womens category went to Koreas An Sae-bom and
Mexicos Maria del Rosario Espinoza.
In the mens +80kg weight division, Italys Leonardo Basile won the gold medal as

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The bronze went to Italys Andrea Notaro and Maria


Giovanna Chiappelli, and Mexicos Miguel Angel Nava
Santa Ana and Aura Trevino Ugarte.
In the mens individual 1st master category, Turkeys
Mustafa Yilmaz won the gold and Koreas Kyeong-min
Bae took home the silver. The bronze went to Italys
Andrea Notaro and the Netherlands Ata Alavi.
In the mens individual 3rd master division, Great
Britains Tong Wan Shin won the gold and Koreas
Yeong-bok Oh clinched the silver. The bronze went to
Colombias Oscar Posada and Frances Moon Ho Lee.
In the womens individual 3rd master category, Russias
Valentina Kontorina earned his country the gold medal
and Uzbekistans Taranova Alla took the silver medal.

In the afternoon, there was an opening ceremony of the


World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships.
While other WTF events show the dynamic nature of
our sport, the World Poomsae Championships display
the beauty of taekwondo. The control and intricacies of
each move create an artistry that no other martial art
can offer, said WTF President Chungwon Choue at the
opening ceremony of the event.
WTF President Choue continued to say, Marking the
5th edition of these championships adds yet another
milestone to an already prestigious year. Taekwondo
has been part of the 1st ever Youth Olympic Games
and the inaugural SportAccord Combat Games.
Taekwondo poomsae has also been included in the
2013 World Masters Games.

In the future, the WTF hopes to develop and transform


the poomsae championships further. These changes
will allow the athletes to demonstrate their techniques
and artistry in their own way. This will allow for tradition
and modernization to merge in harmony, Dr. Choue
said.
Among VIPs who attended the opening ceremony were
Mr. Abdulla Nigmatovich Aripov, vice prime minister
of Uzbekistan; Mr. Tuhtaev Abdukahhor Hasanovich,
governor of Tashkent City; and Mr. Botir Rakhmatovich
Parpiev, president of the Uzbekistan Taekwondo
Association.
The second-day of the three-day poomsae
championships featured seven events.

5th WORLD TAEKWONDO


POOMSAE CHAMPIONSHIPS
CONCLUDE IN GREAT SUCCESS
The 5th WTF World Taekwondo
Poomsae Championships concluded
in a resounding success in
Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Oct. 10,
2010.
The three-day event, which took place at the Universal Sports Palace Uzbekistan,
drew a total of 446 athletes from 59 countries.
Korea clinched nine gold medals and two silver medals to grab the overall title of the
championships, followed by Vietnam with two gold medals and one silver and one
bronze.
Turkey came next with two gold medals and four bronze medals, followed by Iran
with one gold, five silver and five bronze. Germany stood fifth with one gold, three
silver and three bronze.
Mustafa Yilmaz of Turkey, the gold medal winner both in the mens 1st master
division and the mens 2nd team category at the championships, was chosen as the
male MVP.
Koreas Young-ae Seo, the gold medal winner in the womens 1st master division to
become the five-time world champion, was selected as the female MVP.

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The Good Fighting Spirit Prize went to Finland, Lebanon and Peru, while the Active
Participation Prize went to Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Libya.
The Best Referee Awards of the championships went to five referees: Seung-jae Heo
of Korea, Ahmed Hassan El Mofty of Egypt, Elio Luppichini Mella of Chile, Vera Moens
of Belgium and Roberto Lopez of Mexico.
The opening day of the three-day event featured six events: the mens individual
junior, the womens individual junior, the 2nd pair, the mens individual 1st master,
the mens individual 3rd master, and the womens individual 3rd master division.
In the mens individual junior category, Koreas Wang-kon Hwang won the gold,
while Vietnams Le Anh Minh earned his country the silver medal. The bronze went to
Uzbekistans Satarov Zafar and Irans Mahdi Jamal Fashi.
In the womens individual junior division, Koreas Sung-yae Cho clinched the gold
and Chinas Yao Jingjing grabbed the silver. Vietnams Minh Tu Nguyen and Irans
Bahareh Ghaderian shared the bronze medal.
In the 2nd pair category, Germanys Elvira Brigitte Fuhrmann and Michael Bussmann
won the gold medal, while Spains Yolanda Ubero and Alberto F. Delgado clinched the
silver.

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In the mens individual 2nd master category, Koreas Kap-chell Hur


won the gold medal and Irans Hadi Torkashvand took the silver. The
bronze went to Turkeys Selahaddin Sahin and Great Britains Ali
Pourtaheri.
In the womens individual 2nd master division, Korean Chunghee Chang took home the gold medal and Italys Clara Cecchetti
captured the silver. Barbara Brand of the United States and Patricia
C. Martinez de Rodriguez of Mexico shared the bronze medal.
In the mens 2nd team division, a trio of Turkeys Mustafa Yilmaz,
Kemal Yilmaz, and Hayri Temel Alper won the gold medal, while
Irans Mohammaddta Ghi Hatami, Hassan Zahedi Haghighi Gilani,
and Ahmad Akhlaghi earned the silver. The bronze went to Spains
Diego Carrillo, Bernardo Fidalgo, and Juan Antonio Santiago, and
Uzbekistans Nee Alexander, Afinogenov Mikhail, and Lim Alexandr.
In the womens 2nd team category, a trio of Iranian Badri Asadi,
Mahnaz Mardani Kataki, and Zahra Eftekhari grabbed the gold,
while Germanys Imke Turner, Elvira Brigitte Fuhrmann, Kirsten
Teren clinched the silver. The bronze went to Spains Yolanda Ubero,
Maria Angeles Alonso, and Maria Monserrat Sanchez, and Turkeys
Gamze Sari, Nesime Altum, Nafia Unkarakalar.
In the mens individual 1st senior category, Korean Ju-min Yang
earned his country the gold medal and Irans Alinadali Najafabadi
won the silver. The bronze went to Frances Julien Van Phuong Le
and Germanys Thomas Sommer.
In the womens individual 1st senior division, Koreas Su-ji Kang
took the gold and Irans Mahsh Mardani won the silver. The bronze
went to Turkeys Rabia Kim and Germanys Claudia Beaujean.
In the 1st pair division, Vietnams Minh Tu Nguyen and Dinh Toan
Nguyen won the gold medal and Uzbekistans Lee Aleksandr and
Dergach Irina took the silver. The bronze went to Turkeys Rabia Kim
and Fazli Karisik, and Irans Fatemeh Roushan Dashtaki and Akbar
Forouzan.
The third and final day of the poomsae championships featured five
categories.
In the mens individual 2nd senior category, Koreas Moon-kwon
Park won the gold medal and Egypts A. Metwalli grabbed the silver.
The bronze went to Irans M. Ghi Hatami and Spains P. Campillo.
In the womens individual 2nd senior category, Koreas Sukkyung Lee captured the gold and the United States A. Reyes took
the silver. The bronze went to Chinese Taipeis Chi-Lin Wu and

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Colombias O. Agudelo.
In the womens 1st master division, Koreas Yeong-ae Seo took the
gold medal to become the five-time world champion. The silver went
to Germanys Turner. The bronze went to Spains Y. Ubero and Chinese
Taipeis Hang-Wen Chang.
In the mens 1st team category, the Philippines Jean Pierre L. Sabido,
Anthony Matias, and Brain Alan Sabido took home the gold medal,
while Germanys Adrian Wassmuth, Roger Kesternich, and Patrick
Heinrich Bogusch won the silver. The bronze went to Irans Alinadali
Najafabadi, Milad Yaghoubi, and Akbar Forouzan, and Chinas Zhu
Yuxiang, Li Jingyu, and Zhan Wenpeng.
In the womens 1st team division, Vietnams Thi Thu Ngan Nguyen,
Thile Kim Nguyen and Tuyet Van Chau captured the gold medal, while
the silver went to Irans Nastaran Maleki Aderani, Mahsh Mardani and
Golsoum Mollamadadkhani. The bronze went to Chinas Zhu Mengxue,
Li Wen and Xia Yu, and Germanys Claudia Beaujean, Isabel Dormann
and Nicole Ketteniss.

MEDAL TALLY BY NATION


Nation
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
7
9
10
11
11
13
14
15
15
15
15
19

Korea
Vietnam
Turkey
Iran
Germany
Great Britain
Russia
Philippines
Uzbekistan
Spain
Italy
China
U.S.A.
Egypt
France
Mexico
Colombia
Chinese Taipei
Netherlands
Total

Gold

Silver

Bronze

9
2
2
1
1
1
1
1

18

2
1

5
3

2
1
1
1
1
1

18

1
4
5
3
1

2
4
2
2
1

2
2
2
2
1
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WTF WORLD TAEKWONDO TOUR


2010 MOSCOW WRAPS UP IN GREAT
SUCCESS
The WTF World Taekwondo Tour
2010 Moscow, which featured both
individual and team competitions,
concluded in a great success in
Moscow, Russia on Dec. 10, 2010.
The two-hour-long World Taekwondo Tour, the
second of its kind after the 2009 Mexico City World
Taekwondo Tour, attracted a total of 20 athletes from
seven countries, including two reserves for the team
competitions.
The five-member team competition between Korea and
Russia drew a special interest from both the jampacked spectators at the venue and the international
media. Reflecting the high interest of the media,
Koreas MBC Sport+ television made a live broadcasting
of the event.
In the three-round team competition, which lasted a
total of 19 minutes, a five-member Korean team came
from behind to beat their Russian counterparts 50-47
for the top honors. The Korean athletes took home
$20,000 in top prize money, while the Russian squad
won $10,000 in prize money.
Before a jam-packed gymnasium of the Moscow
Martial Arts Center in southern Moscow, Russias
Anastasia Baryshnikova clinched the top honors in
the womens +67kg weight category as she came
from behind to beat Koreas Yoo-sun Ji 4-2 in the final
match.
Baryshnikova, third on the WTF athlete ranking in the
womens -73kg weight category and the gold medalist
at the 2010 European Taekwondo Championships, took
home $10,000 in top prize money, while Ji, the gold
medalist at the 2005, 2009 and 2010 Korea Open,
earned $5,000 in prize money.
Simon Rosana of Spain and Great Britains Bianca
Walkden each grabbed the bronze medal in the same
weight division, together with $3,000 in prize money.
Rosana, first on the WTF athlete ranking in the female
+73kg category and the gold medalist at the 2009

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World Taekwondo Championships, was beaten 2-13


by Koreas Ji in a semifinal match, while Walkden, the
gold medal winner at the 2010 SportAccord Combat
Games, lost to Russias Anastasia Baryshnikova 2-4 in
another female semifinal match.
In the mens +80kg weight class, Irans Hossein Tajik
edged Russias Roman Kuznetsov 7-6 in the final
match to grab the top honors. Tajik, the gold medal
winner at the 2010 Asian Championships and the
2010 Dutch Open, is placed first on the WTF athlete
ranking in the mens +87kg weight category.

Tajik won $10,000 in top prize money, while Kuznetsov,


the gold medalist at the 2010 U.S. Open, took home
$5,000 in prize money.
Italys Carlo Molfetta, the gold medalist at the 2010
European Championships, and Kazakhstans Arman
Chilmanov, the silver medalist at the 2010 SportAccord
Combat Games, won the bronze medal each in the
same weight division, together with prize money of
$3,000.

A protector and scoring system (PSS), formerly called


electronic body protectors, and an instant video replay
system were not used in the Moscow event.
The new WTF Competition Rules were used for the
Moscow event, with some modifications. To give more
dynamism to the competitions, a strict five-second
rule was applied, while a fourth sudden-death round
was adopted with no time limit until one of the athletes
scores the golden point. Four points were given to an
athlete when he or she made a successful turning kick
to the head.
Two hours before the start of the competition, there
was an opening ceremony of the Moscow event at the
venue.
At the opening ceremony, WTF President Chungwon
Choue said in his remarks, The World Taekwondo
Tour is a unique tournament. This is the chance for
our top taekwondo athletes to step forward out of
their amateur status and into the professional world.
No longer do their careers have to be confined to the
Olympics.
Even though it is demanding, taekwondo is a sport
that can be enjoyed at many levels. From those who
practice for a hobby all the way to the Olympic and
world championships, taekwondo has had a place for
everyone. Now we have this tournament for those who
wish to make it their profession, Dr. Choue said.
WTF President Choue continued to say, While this is
the second of its kind, the WTF World Taekwondo Tour
is now a fixture on the WTF event calendar. We will be
focusing on creating a new World Taekwondo League
to expand into exciting and dynamic tournaments to be
viewed by tens of millions around the world. It will not
be long before this goal will be realized.

Mr. Anatoly Terekhov, president of the Russian


Taekwondo Union, also made a speech during the
opening ceremony. Mr. Terekhov received a plaque of
appreciation from WTF President Choue in recognition
of his outstanding contribution to the development of
taekwondo in Russia by hosting the Moscow World
Taekwodno Tour.

A press conference was held at the venue hours


before the opening ceremony, with the attendance
of WTF President Choue, RTU President Terekhov,
Dr. Sun-Jae Park of Italy, a WTF vice president, and
Grandmaster Dai-Won Moon of Mexico, a member of
the WTF Council.

MALE TEAM COMPETITION


1st Place

Korea (Chang-Jin Park, In-Young Hur, Jun-Tae Kim, Dae-Sung Choi,


Sang-Bin Lee, Mun-Chul Song (reserve)

2nd Place

Russia (Frank Dmitry, Mekhtiev Ibragim, Kim Vladimir, Akoev Alan,


Dozortsev Sergei, Nikitin Vasily (reserve)

INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION
Mens +80kg Weight Category

Womens +67kg Weight Category

1st Place

Hossein Tajik (Iran)

Anastasia Baryshnikova (Russia)

2nd Place

Roman Kuznetsov (Russia)

Yoo-Sun Ji (Korea)

3rd Place

Carlo Molfetta (Italy)

Simon Rosana (Spain)

Arman Chilmanov (Kazakhstan)

Bianca Walkden (Great Britain)

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POWER, SPEED AND TEAM SPIRIT


IN NEW EXCITING 5-MEMBER
TEAM COMPETITION
The World Taekwondo Federation successfully introduced a new exciting
competition format made up of two five-member teams competing against
each other, as part of a trial for professional taekwondo at the 2010 WTF World
Taekwondo Tour in Moscow, Russia on Dec. 10, 2010.

It is so thrilling. I didnt know how the three rounds have gone that fast.
It was like a video game... Ive never seen such a taekwondo match, so
fast and spectacular.
The spectators and TV audiences expressed their excitement after watching
the new exciting 5-member team competition between Korean and Russian
male teams at the Moscow Martial Arts Center.
The two teams were so very evenly balanced in the pursuit of victory and
exchanged attacks and counterattacks at full speed and power, which made
the spectators feel thrilled throughout the competition. The competition ended
with the Korean teams victory over the Russians at a score of 50 to 47 in the
midst of enthusiastic support from a stadium jam-packed with local Russian
fans.
In an effort to promote a new breed of taekwondo, the WTF tested this new
5-member team competition with a different competition format on the
international stage and it turned out to be a resounding success.
Each team consisted of five athletes of different weight categories and the
three rounds totaled 19 minutes. The first round lasted five minutes in which
each athlete should compete for a minute. The second and third round were of
7 minutes each, where an athlete can be replaced with another athlete at any
time regardless of the weight categories, as long as he has carried out at least
three attacks.
This new and innovative rule of free changes of athletes sparked excitement
among the spectators, reminding them of the tag team match often seen in
professional wrestling. It also lessened the pressure on the athletes that they
should control their power to ensure being able to going to the last minute,
instead allowing them to lash out all their power and high-level techniques at
full speed.
Moreover, as the timing for athlete exchange affects a lot on the flow of the
match, team coachs strategy plays an important role as well.
In addition, the scoring system featured with differentiated points given to
the level of technique encouraged athletes to attempt to deliver high-caliber
techniques. For example, a kick to the head is three points, while a turning kick

to the head gains four points. If an athlete knocks out the opponent, he will
gain 10 points.
To build on the momentum and formalize this format in the taekwondo
competition structure, a few more test matches will be conducted at
international taekwondo competitions in 2011 including the WTF World
Taekwondo Championships to be held in Gyeongju, Korea in May and the 6th
World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Vladivostok, Russia, before
official inclusion in the WTF World Cup Team Championships in 2012.

OUTLINE - 2011 World Taekwondo


Championships Gyeongju
9. WEIGHT DIVISIONS
Mens division

1. PROMOTER: World Taekwondo Federation


2. ORGANIZING MNA: Korea Taekwondo Association

Under 54kg

Not exceeding 54kg

Under 46kg

Not exceeding 46kg

Under 58kg

Over 54kg & Not


exceeding 58kg

Under 49kg

Over 46kg & Not


exceeding 49kg

Under 63kg

Over 58kg & Not


exceeding 63kg

Under 53kg

Over 49kg & Not


exceeding 53kg

Under 68kg

Over 63kg & Not


exceeding 68kg

Under 57kg

Over 53kg & Not


exceeding 57kg

Under 74kg

Over 68kg & Not


exceeding 74kg

Under 62kg

Over 57kg & Not


exceeding 62kg

Under 80kg

Over 74kg & Not


exceeding 80kg

Under 67kg

Over 62kg & Not


exceeding 67kg

Under 87kg

Over 80kg & Not


exceeding 87kg

Under 73kg

Over 67kg & Not


exceeding 73kg

Over 87kg

Over 87kg

Over 73kg

Over 73kg

3. DATES: May 1-6, 2011


4. VENUE: Gyeongju Indoor Gymnasium in Gyeongju, Korea
5. QUALIFICATIONS
In accordance with Article 4: Qualification of Contestant of the WTF Competition
Rules, the contestant must meet all the following requirements:
Holder of the nationality of the participating team
One recommended by the pertinent national taekwondo association that is
recognized by the World Taekwondo Federation
Contestant at the age of at least 15 years old*
* Those athletes, who were born on December 31, 1996 or before, are eligible to compete
in 2011 WTF World Taekwondo Championships.

Holder of Taekwondo Dan certificate issued by the Kukkiwon or the WTF


Holder of the WTF Global Athlete Licence
(WTF Athlete Licence: WTF Council approved at its meeting in Tashkent on Oct.6, 2010
Athlete Licence Program, under which all athletes participating in all WTF-promoted
championships except WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships should hold WTF
Athlete Licence, and application of this system from the 2011 WTF World Taekwondo
Championships Gyeongju.

6. COMPETITION RULES
WTF Competition Rules in force as of the start of the competition
7. METHOD OF COMPETITION
Single elimination system will be applied throughout the tournament without
repechage.
The semifinals and finals may be held on the following day.
8. CONTEST TIME
2 minutes x 3 rounds with 1 minute break

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Womens division

10 . TEAM ENTRIES (Per male and female team respectively except Head of
Team and MNA officials)
POSITION

MAX. NO. OF MEMBERS MALE

HEAD OF TEAM:

MAX. NO. OF MEMBERS FEMALE

MANAGER:

COACH:

TRAINER:

TEAM DOCTOR:

MNA OFFICIALS
CONTESTANTS:

3
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* Every national taekwondo association is permitted to enter no more than one (1) contestant
per weight division.
** Each national taekwondo association is permitted to register no more than three (3) MNA
officials per country.
*** Head of team must be one person from one country
**** Maximum number of entries per country is 30

11. AWARDS
11.1 Individual Awards by rank: Medals will be awarded to the top four athletes in
the respective weight divisions.
11.2 According to the Bylaw of WTF World Ranking, the athletes who advance to
round of 16 or above will get certain ranking points as follows. The points
will be reflected on WTF World Ranking and will be used when seeding the
athletes for Olympic Qualification Tournaments.
1st place: 70 points
2nd place: 42 points
3rd place: 25.2 points
5th place: 15.12 points
9th place: 10.58 points
11.3 Most Valuable Players (MVP): One (1) male and one (1) female athlete will be
selected as MVPs, and trophy will be awarded respectively.
11.4 Team awards by rank: Based on the point system below, the top five (5)
teams of the Mens division and the top five (5) teams of the Womens
division will receive trophies, respectively.
11.4 Good Fighting Spirit Prize: Three (3) countries will be selected and trophy will
be awarded respectively.
11.5 Active Participation Prize: Three (3) countries will be selected and trophy will
be awarded respectively.
12. CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPATION
12.1 Round-trip airfare and Accommodation:
Round-trip airfare and accommodation charges of room and board shall be
borne by the participating National Association.
12.2 Entry Fees:
12.2.1 The OC shall collect the entry fees from the participating national
teams. The national team shall pay an entry fee to the OC at the time
of registration at the accreditation center(s) prior to the start of the
Championships. Athletes shall not be allowed to compete without
successful payment of entry fee.
12.2.2 Entry fee shall be various according to the timing and situation of the
submission of entry. Please read carefully the following guidelines.
12.2.2.1 Entry fee
12.2.2.1.1 US$50 per athlete
12.2.2.1.2 Entry forms will be accepted only when the forms are
completely filled out with all required information and signed

by the President of the pertinent member national association,


excluding TUE which can be submitted to the WTF by no later
than 21 days before the tournament.
12.2.2.1.3 Entry deadline is March 15, 2011.
12.2.2.1.4 US$200 of penalty per team in addition to individual entry fee
of US$50 per athlete should be paid in case of submission of
entry form (entire team or part of the team including athlete and
team officials) after March 15, 2011.
12.2.2.1.5 Entry submission after March 31, 2011 will not be accepted
under any circumstances.
12.2.2.2 Replacement of the registered athletes and officials
12.2.2.2.1 The registered athletes or team officials may be replaced
without any penalty money until March 31, 2011.
12.2.2.2.2 US$200 of penalty per team should be paid in case of
replacement of the already registered athletes by new athletes
in the same weight category or replacement of team officials
during the period of April 1-15, 2011 whether the entry
submission is made until March 15 or during March 16-31,
2011. This penalty will be imposed separately from penalties
for delayed entry submission after the deadline of March 15,
2011.
12.2.2.3 Change of weight division for registered athlete
12.2.2.3.1 Change of weight division of the registered athlete will be
accepted by March 31, 2011 with no penalty fee. Change of
weight division of the registered athlete will be still accepted
between April 1 and 15 but with penalty fee of US$200 per
team. No change of weight division will be accepted after April
15, 2011 under no circumstances.
12.2.2.4 Cancellation of participation
12.2.2.4.1 Entry fee of US$50 per athlete will not be charged in case of
cancellation of participation until March 31, 2011. Entry fee
must be paid in case of the cancellation of participating athletes
after March 31, 2011 or no-show.
12.2.2.5 Over-quota
12.2.2.5.1 Athletes: Member national association can submit entry for
maximum 8 male and 8 female athletes, and no additional
athletes are accepted. No reserve athlete is accepted.
12.2.2.5.2 Team officials: Member national association can submit entry for
maximum one (1) Head of team per country, three (3) national
federation officials per country, one (1) manager per team, two
(2) coaches per team, one (1) team doctor per team, one (1)
trainer per team. In case of exceeding this number, US$100
will be charged per person before issuance of the accreditation
card.

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12.2.2.6 Entry submission on the spot


12.2.2.6.1 Athlete: No entry will be accepted or modified during on-spot
registration.
12.2.2.6.2 Team officials: US$100 will be charged per team official in
case of on-spot registration without prior entry submission until
March 31, 2011.
12.3 Ground transportation:
Ground transportation will be provided for national teams on arrival and
departure, so long as the Organizing Committee has been informed of the
date, time, number of team members and flight schedule of the national
team at the latest by March 31, 2011. The Organizing Committee will also
provide ground transportation to and from all official hotels and training
venue and the venue provided that the national teams stay at the official
hotels. Pick-up arrangements at the airport may be delayed for the teams
that have not submitted arrival schedule with clear information of the
number of passengers and baggage to the Organizing Committee within the
notice deadline.
On arrival at the official hotel, national teams are requested to submit to the
Organizing Committee Departure Form that includes info such as number
of team members, departure flight schedule and desired date and time for
departure from the hotel to the airport.
13 . TECHNICAL OFFICIALS
The WTF will appoint the Technical Officials such as Technical Delegate,
Competition Supervisory Board and International Referees.
13.1 Technical Delegate
13.1.1 One (1) Technical Delegate will be appointed to oversee the
tournament and make decisions on technical matters.
13.2 Competition Supervisory Board
13.2.1 Five (5) Competition Supervisory Board members (including Technical
Delegate) will be appointed.
13.3 International Referee
13.3.1 Eighty (80) International Referees, including Review Jury, will be
appointed to officiate at the tournament.
14. WTF-RECOGNIZED TAEKWONDO UNIFORM AND EQUIPMENT
14.1 All the equipment used at the Championships should be the ones recognized
by the WTF.
14.2 Protector and Scoring System (PSS; formerly called Electronic Body
Protector) will be used at this tournament.
14.3 Participating contestants are required to wear WTF-recognized uniform and
WTF-recognized protective equipment. The latest version of WTF-recognized
manufacturers list is available at the website of WTF (http://www.wtf.org/
wtf_eng/site/about_wtf/recognized.html).
14.4 Body protector (Protector and Scoring System) will be provided by the
Organizing Committee.
14.5 Participating contestants are required to bring their own sensing socks, groin
guards, mouthpieces, gloves, and shin and forearm guards for their personal
use.

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14.6 The WTF may send out further notice on the policy on sensing socks.
14.7 Before entering the field of play, all contestants will proceed to the inspection
desk for inspection of their uniforms and protective equipment. Any
contestant who wears unofficial uniform or protective equipment will not be
permitted to compete under any circumstances.
14.8 Organizing Committee will make and cover the cost of all the preparations,
including cameras and technical officials, for the instant video replay and
web-TV at its expenses.
15 . IDENTIFICATION OF NOC CODE AND MANUFACTURER
15.1 National flag shall be located between 3cm and 3.4cm below the right
shoulder line of upper garment.
15.2 NOC Code is a three-letter National Olympic Committee abbreviation, and
it shall be printed at the back in black and centered at 5cm or higher from
the bottom line of the upper garment within the size of 30cm width x 12cm
height. The font of the letters shall be in bold Verdana.
15.3 Manufacturers identification (name, designation trademark, logo or any
distinctive sign of the manufacturer) shall be located one per garment within
20cm2 except at the location of the WTF logo according to the related WTF
guidelines in force as of this event.
15.4 The end of the belt must be at least 10cm or higher above the knee.
15.5 Detailed illustration of these requirements is attached in this outline.
16 . ANTI-DOPING TESTS
16.1 The WTF Anti-Doping Rules, and where necessary the Code of the World
Anti-Doping Agency, shall apply throughout the competitions.
16.2 Compulsory anti-doping tests will be carried out for all medalists (64), while
random tests will be conducted for sixteen (16) athletes.
16.3 The WTF and/or WADA may carry out random out-of-competition testing
prior to the championships.
16.4 Any contestant who requires TUE is required to submit the TUE Application
Form to the WTF Anti-Doping Coordinator at sport@wtf.org by no later than
21 days before the championships. Therefore, the WTF must receive
all TUE application forms by no later than April 9, 2011. Late TUE
submission will not be accepted.
17. HEAD OF TEAM MEETING & DRAWING OF LOTS SESSION
17.1 The head of team meeting and the drawing of lots session shall be
conducted two (2) days prior to the start of the championships that is April
29, 2011, in the presence of the WTF officials and the representatives of the
participating nations.
17.2 The method of draw shall be decided by the Technical Delegate.
17.3 Depending on the decision of the Technical Delegate, WTF officials or
Organizing Committee volunteers could be designated to draw lots on behalf
of the officials of the participating nations who are not present at the time of
the lot drawing session.
17.4 Seeding
17.4.1 According to the Article 8.3 of Competition Rules and Article 8.2
of Bylaw of WTF World Ranking, twenty five (25) percent of the
registered athletes per weight division will be seeded based on the

WTF World Ranking as of April 1, 2011.


17.4.2 In the event that the registered athlete from the host nation has not been
included in the 25%, he/she will be seeded at the last place of the seed
25%.
17.4.3 25% of the seeded athletes will be finally determined after completion
of team registration at 22:00 on April 28. There will be no addition or
deletion of the seeded athletes after this time regardless of actual number
of athletes to compete.
18. WEIGH-IN
18.1 Weigh-in of all contestants shall be completed one day before their scheduled
competition day.
18.2 During the weigh-in, male contestants shall wear underpants and female
contestants shall wear underpants and brassieres. However, contestants may
weigh in in the nude if they want to do so.

Dates

Time

April 25-28

0900-1800

Arrival and registration of the teams

April 28

0900-2200

(Final day of registration; registration centre to move to venue on April 30)

April 25-30

0900-1800

Team training

April 27-29

0900-1800

Referee meeting and training (training at the venue on April 28 and 29)

1000-1400

WTF Council Meeting

April 28

April 29

April 30

May 1

19. INDEMNITIES
20. NATIONAL FLAG AND ANTHEM
21. CLOSING DATES FOR ENTRIES
The invited member national associations must submit the entry forms through online
registration system to be established by the Organizing Committee and open by no
later than January 15, 2011. Online registration must be completed by March 15,
2011. Team may still submit the entry forms after March 15 and before March 31
with payment of penalties. Entries received after March 31, 2011 will not be accepted
under any circumstances.

May 2

May 3

22. OTHERS
22.1 All contestants and officials participating in 2011 WTF World Taekwondo
Championships Gyeongju will receive a diploma co-signed by the WTF President
and the Chairman of the Organizing Committee.
22.2 The Organizing Committee will send out details of other relevant information
including visa, transportation and accommodation to all invited national
associations as soon as such information is available.
22.3 Coaches are required to wear formal suit while he/she is sitting beside the court
during the match.

May 4

May 5

May 6

May 7

Event

1400-1800

Council Brainstorming Session

0800-2030

International Symposium for Taekwondo Studies

1400-18:00

Head of Team Meeting and Drawing of Lots

0930-1900

International Symposium for Taekwondo Studies

1300-1400

Registration for WTF General Assembly

1400-1800

WTF General Assembly

1600-1800

Weigh-in for M-58kg and F-49kg

0900-1300

Competitions (M-58kg and F-49kg)

1300-1400

Lunch Break

1400-1630

Competitions (M-58kg and F-49kg)

1400-1600

Weigh-in for M-80kg, F-67kg and F-53kg

1700-1830

Opening Ceremony

1900-

VIPs reception hosted by Organizing Committee

0900-1300

Competitions (M-80kg, F-67kg and F-53kg)

1300-1400

Lunch Break

1400-1600

-Semifinals, finals and awarding ceremony (M-58kg and F-49kg)


-Competitions (M-80kg, F-67kg and F-53kg)

1400-1600

Weigh-in for M-68kg, F-57kg and F-62kg

1600-1830

Competitions (M-80kg, F-67kg and F-53kg)

0900-1300

Competitions (M-68kg, F-57kg and F-62kg)

1300-1400

Lunch Break

1400-1600

-Semifinals, finals and awarding ceremony (M-80kg, F-67kg and F-53kg)


-Competitions (M-68kg, F-57kg and F-62kg)

1400-1600

Weigh-in for M-74kg, F-46kg and M-54kg

1600-1930

Competitions (M-68kg, F-57kg and F-62kg)

0900-1300

Competitions (M-74kg, F-46kg and M-54kg)

1300-1400

Lunch Break

1400-1600

-Semifinals, finals and awarding ceremony (M-68kg, F-57kg and F-62kg)


-Competitions (M-74kg, F-46kg and M-54kg)

1400-1600

Weigh-in for M-87kg, F-73kg and M-63

1600-1930

Competitions (M-74kg, F-46kg and M-54kg)

0900-1300

Competitions (M-87kg, F-73kg and M-63)

1300-1400

Lunch Break

1400-1600

-Semifinals, finals and awarding ceremony (M-74kg, F-46kg and M-54kg)


-Competitions (M-87kg, F-73kg and M-63)

1400-1600

Weigh-in for M+87kg and F+73kg

1600-1930

Competitions (M-87kg, F-73kg and M-63)

0900-1300

Competitions and quarterfinals (M+87kg and F+73kg)

1300-1400

Lunch Break

1400-1600

Semifinals, finals and awarding ceremony for M-87kg, F-73kg and M-63

1600-1730

Competitions, semi-finals, finals and awarding ceremonies for M+87kg and F+73kg

1730-1800

Closing ceremony
Departure of the teams
(Subject to Change)

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3rd INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM


FOR TAEKWONDO STUDIES
TO BE HELD IN GYEONGJU

The 3rd International Symposium for Taekwondo Studies will be held in Gyeongju,
Korea on April 29-30, 2011, on the occasion of the 2011 WTF World Taekwondo
Championships.
Under the theme The Realization of Olympism through Taekwondo Education, the
two-day symposium will take place at Hotel Hyundai Gyeongju.
The event is expected to draw more than 200 academics and dignitaries from at
home and abroad, including some 50 presenters from about 20 countries.
WTF President Chungwon Choue said of the upcoming symposium, The main theme
of this symposium well reflects the growing popularity of taekwondo worldwide as
a global sport-for-all that transcends nationality, gender, physical ability and age.
As the WTF expanded its membership to 192 countries with tens of millions of
practitioners around the world, the globalization of taekwondo now sets a significant
vision projected both in theory and in practice.
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place sport at the service of the harmonious development of man, with a view to
promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.
Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the
qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism
seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good
example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.
Taekwondo shares these same values and the same mission as Olympism, Dr.
Choue said. It is an art and a sport that not only brings the mind and body together,
but also improves the value of life for all that practice it. Implementing the core
virtues of Olympism into the curriculum and education of taekwondo will further its
cause and continue its spread throughout the world.
Dr. Choue said, There is no better place to start than at the 3rd edition of the
International Symposium for Taekwondo Studies. I hope this intellectually
stimulating experience will yield constructive discussions and outstanding initiatives
among the participants in order to bring further development of the academic
discipline of taekwondo worldwide, and to promote taekwondo as a global sport.

LONDON QUALIFICATION
SYSTEM(TAEKWONDO)
A. Events (8)
MENS EVENTS (4)

WOMENS EVENTS (4)

Under 58kg
Under 68kg
Under 80kg
Over 80kg

Under 49kg
Under 57kg
Under 67kg
Over 67kg

D. Qualification System

B. Quota
QUALIFICATION

TRIPARTITE COMMISSION PLACES

Men

60

Women

60

TOTAL

120

HOST COUNTRY PLACES

TOTAL

Men

64

Women

64

TOTAL

128

QUOTA PER NOC


Men

Women

TOTAL

C. Athlete Eligibility
ATHLETE ELIGIBILITY
All athletes must comply with the provisions of the Olympic Charter currently in force
and only those athletes who have complied with the Olympic Charter may participate in
the Olympic Games.
An athlete must be a Kukkiwon Dan certificate holder, and must be at least 15 years of
age during the year of the 2012 Olympic Games.
All athletes who have not qualified through any of qualification tournaments must meet
at least any of following requirements in order to compete at the London 2012 Olympic
Games:
Medal winners (1st or 2nd or 3rd places) at any of the competitions enlisted on the
WTF event calendar on between May 2010 and April 2012
The athletes ranked within 20th place at least once in the WTF World Ranking on
between May 2010 and April 2012
The athletes who advanced to round of 16 or higher at either WTF World Taekwondo
Championships ( 2011) or World Taekwondo Qualification Tournament

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The athletes who advanced to quarterfinals or higher at either Continental


Taekwondo Championships held on between May 2010 and April 2012 or
Continental Taekwondo Qualification Tournament
Winner of national taekwondo championships held on between May 2010 and April
2012

QUALIFICATION PATHWAY
Quota place is allocated to the respective NOC.
1. WTF World Taekwondo Qualification Tournament
An NOC/NF may enter in the WTF World Taekwondo Qualification Tournament a
maximum of two (2) men and two (2) women athletes, with one athlete maximum
per weight category.
The first 3 ranked athletes in the weight categories for the Olympic Games will
qualify their NOC a place in the respective event.
2. Continental Taekwondo Qualification Tournaments
An NOC/NF may participate in the pertinent Continental Taekwondo Qualification
Tournament as long as (1) the weight categories in which athletes are entered in
the Continental Qualification Tournament are not those where their athlete have
already qualified in the WTF World Taekwondo Qualification Tournament; or (2) the
number of qualified athletes of the pertinent NOC do not exceed the maximum
quota of two (2) men and two (2) women athletes.
WTF will conduct Continental Taekwondo Qualification Tournaments jointly with the
pertinent Continental Unions to allocate the number of qualification places specified
in the table below.
Continent

Men

Women

Total Quota

Asia

3 (1st 3rd)

3 (1st 3rd)

24

Europe

3 (1st 3rd)

3 (1st 3rd)

24

Pan America

3 (1st 3rd)

3 (1st 3rd)

24

Africa

2 (1st 2nd)

2 (1st 2nd)

16

Oceania

1 (1st place)

1 (1st place)

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QUALIFICATION PATHWAY
The host country shall not participate in any of the qualification tournaments, as
it shall be automatically qualified in two (2) mens events and two (2) womens
events. However, the selected athletes by the host country must meet the minimum requirements set in the article C.
The host country is required to inform the WTF of the weight categories that it
wishes to participate in, by no later than May 30, 2011.

TRIPARTITE COMMISSION INVITATION PLACES

REALLOCATION OF UNUSED HOST COUNTRY PLACES

4 Tripartite Commission Invitation Places are made available for eligible nations.
On Nov. 1, 2011, the International Olympic Committee will contact all those NOCs
who are eligible to apply for Tripartite Commission Invitation Places.
The deadline for NOCs to submit their requests for Tripartite Commission Invitation
Places is Jan. 16, 2012. In relation to the end of the qualification period, the
Tripartite Commission will confirm, in writing, the allocation of invitation places to
the respective NOCs between May 1 and July 9, 2012.
Detailed information on Tripartite Invitation places is contained in the Tripartite
Commission Invitation Places - Information Paper for NOCs which is included
in the Games of the XXX Olympiad, London 2012 Qualification and Participation
Criteria.

If the host country does not use its quota places or the selected athlete(s) do not
meet the minimum requirements, these places will be reallocated by the Tripartite
Commission.
REALLOCATION OF UNUSED TRIPARTITE COMMISSION PLACES
If the Tripartite Commission is not able to allocate the quota places or if any of the
athletes do not meet the minimum requirements, the places will be reallocated to
the NOC of the next highest ranked athlete at WTF World Qualification Tournament
in the same weight category.
G. Qualification timeline
DATE

MILESTONE

CONFIRMATION PROCESS FOR QUOTA PLACES

May 30, 2011

Host Country to confirm the weight categories it wishes to


participate in the Olympic Games

The WTF shall confirm to the NOCs the quota places they have achieved following
each qualification event. Each NOC then has up to two weeks to confirm the use
of these quota places.

June 30 - July 3, 2011

WTF World Taekwondo Qualification Tournament (Baku, AZE)

Sept. 11, 2011

WTF Oceania Qualification Tournament (Noumea, New


Caledonia)

Nov. 1, 2011

IOC will contact all NOCs who are eligible to apply for Tripartite
Commission Invitation Places

Nov. 4-6, 2011

WTF Asian Qualification Tournament (Bangkok, THA)

Nov. 18-20, 2011

WTF Pan American Qualification Tournament (Queretaro, MEX)

Jan. 11-12, 2012

WTF African Qualification Tournament (Port Sad, EGY)

Jan. 16, 2012

Deadline for NOCs to submit their requests for Tripartite


Commission Invitation Places

Jan. 27-29, 2012

WTF European Qualification Tournament (Kazan, RUS)

Feb. 14, 2012

Deadline for WTF to confirm all qualification places for NFs/


NOCs

Feb. 28, 2012

Deadline for NOCs to inform WTF about the use of quota


places obtained

April 30, 2012

WTF to confirm the reallocation of unused quota places

May 1-July 9, 2012

The Tripartite Commission will confirm, in writing, the allocation


of Invitation places to the NOCs

July 9, 2012

Deadline for London 2012 Organising Committee to receive


entry forms

E. Confirmation process for quota places

F. Reallocation of unused quota places


REALLOCATION OF UNUSED IF QUOTA PLACES
Place obtained at the WTF World Taekwondo Qualification Tournament
If an NOC qualified through the WTF World Taekwondo Qualification Tournament
relinquishes a quota place, it will be allocated to the NOC of the next highest
placed athlete in the respective weight category as long as the addition of the
place does not exceed the maximum quota of the pertinent NOC.
Place obtained at the Continental Taekwondo Qualification Tournaments
If an NOC qualified through a Continental Taekwondo Qualification Tournament
relinquishes a quota place, it will be allocated to the NOC of the next highest
placed athlete at the pertinent Continental Qualification Tournament in the respective weight category, as long as the addition of the place does not exceed the
maximum quota of the pertinent NOC.
The NOC of an athlete who has committed an anti-doping rules violation will lose
the quota place obtained by the athlete. The maximum number of quota places for
that NOC shall be reduced by the corresponding number of athletes who committed an offence. This reduction does not affect the weight categories to which the
pertinent NOC applies for the participation in subsequent Continental Qualification
Tournaments after the withdrawal of the quota place.

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OUTLINE - World Qualification


for 2012 London Olympic Games
1. PROMOTER: World Taekwondo Federation
2. ORGANIZING MNA: Azerbaijan Taekwondo Federation
3. VENUE: TBC
4. QUALIFICATIONS
In accordance with Article 4: Qualification of Contestant of the WTF Competition
Rules, the contestant must meet all the following requirements:
Holder of the nationality of the participating team
One recommended by the pertinent national taekwondo association that is
recognized by the World Taekwondo Federation
Contestant at the age of at least 15 years old
Holder of Taekwondo Dan certificate issued by the Kukkiwon or the WTF
Holder of the WTF Global Athlete Licence
5. COMPETITION RULES
[WTF Competition Rules] and [Standing Procedures for Taekwondo Competitions
at Olympic Games] in force as of the first competition day of the competition
respectively
6. METHOD OF COMPETITION
6.1 Single elimination system will be applied throughout the tournament without
repechage.
6.2 Additional match between the two losers of semifinal will be held to determine
the qualifier.
7. CONTEST TIME
2 minutes x 3 rounds with 1 minute break
8 QUALIFICATION SYSTEM
8.1 A WTF Member National Association may enter in the WTF World Taekwondo
Qualification Tournament a maximum of two (2) men and two (2) women
athletes, with one athlete maximum per weight category.
8.2 The first three (3) ranked athletes in the weight categories will qualify their
NOCs a place each for Olympic Games. Total twenty four (24) athletes will
qualify their NOCs a place each for Olympic Games through WTF World
Qualification Tournament.
8.3 The two finalists will qualify their NOCs regardless of the result of the final
match. The 3rd place will be determined by an extra contest between the two

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losers to the finalists. The winner will be the 3rd and the loser will be the 4th.
The loser to the 1st place at quarterfinal will be classified as the 5th place,
while the loser to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed athletes will be all classified as
the 6th place.
8.4 The WTF shall confirm to the NOCs with copy to national association the quota
places they have achieved within two (2) weeks after completion of the WTF
World Taekwondo Qualification Tournament. Each NOC then has up to two
weeks to confirm to the WTF the use of these quota places.
8.5 If an NOC qualified through the WTF World Taekwondo Qualification
Tournament relinquishes a quota place or has not confirmed the use of
the qualified place(s) within two weeks (2) from the moment receiving the
allocation letter from the WTF, it will be allocated to the NOC of the next
highest placed athlete in the pertinent weight category as long as the quota
places for the pertinent NOC do not exceed the maximum quota mentioned
in 8.1. The NOC that relinquished the obtained place is still eligible to enter
their athletes in Continental Qualification Tournament within the number of
remaining quota places.
8.6 In the event that any of the qualified contestants was found to have
committed a doping offence that constitutes a violation of any of the
provisions of the Anti-Doping Code of the World Anti-Doping Agency and/or
other appropriate anti-doping codes (Anti-Doping Codes), the next highest
ranked contestant(s) in the pertinent weight division will qualify his/her NOC a
place.
8.7 The NOC of an athlete who has committed an anti-doping rules violation
will lose the quota place obtained by the athlete. The maximum number of
quota places for that NOC shall be reduced by the corresponding number of
athletes who committed an offence. This reduction does not affect the weight
categories to which the pertinent NOC/National Association applies for the
participation in subsequent Continental Qualification Tournaments.
8.8 The host country of the London 2012 Olympic Games (Great Britain) shall not
participate in any of the qualification tournaments, as it shall be automatically
qualified for two (2) mens events and two (2) womens events. The host
country (Great Britain) is required to inform the WTF of the weight categories
that it wishes to participate in; by no later than one (1) month before the first
competition day of WTF World Taekwondo Qualification Tournament that is
May 30, 2011.
8.9 If an NOC has not filled up the entire quota in the WTF World Taekwondo
Qualification Tournament, it may participate in the pertinent continental
taekwondo qualification tournament so long as: (1) the weight categories
in the continental tournament are not those already qualified in the world
tournament; (2) the number of qualified contestants of the pertinent NOC
do not exceed the maximum quota of two (2) male and two (2) female
contestants.

9. WEIGHT DIVISIONS
Mens division

Womens division

Under 58kg

Not exceeding 58kg

Under 49kg

Not exceeding 49kg

Under 68kg

Over 58kg & Not


exceeding 68kg

Under 57kg

Over 49kg & Not


exceeding 57kg

Under 80kg

Over 68kg & Not


exceeding 80 kg

Under 67kg

Over 57kg & Not


exceeding 67kg

Over 80kg

Over 80kg

Over 67kg

Over 67kg

10 . TEAM ENTRIES (Per male and female team respectively except Head of
Team and MNA officials)
POSITION

MAX. NO. OF MEMBERS MALE

HEAD OF TEAM:

MAX. NO. OF MEMBERS FEMALE

MANAGER:

COACH:

TRAINER:

TEAM DOCTOR:

MNA OFFICIALS
CONTESTANTS:

3
2

* Every national taekwondo association is permitted to enter no more than one (1) contestant
per weight division.
**Each national taekwondo association is permitted to register no more than three (3) MNA
officials per country.
*** Head of team must be one person from one country.
**** Maximum number of entries per country is 18.

11. AWARDS
11.1 Individual Awards by rank: Medals will be awarded to the top three (3)
athletes in the respective weight divisions.
1st PLACE: GOLD MEDAL & CERTIFICATE
2nd PLACE: SILVER MEDAL & CERTIFICATE
3rd PLACE: BRONZE MEDAL & CERTIFICATE
11.2 The contestants ranked at 4th and 5th shall receive certificates verifying that
the athletes are the substitutes. 4th placed athletes and 5th placed athletes
are not counted in the number quota obtained by pertinent NOCs.
11.3 Most Valuable Players (MVP): One (1) male and one (1) female athlete will be
selected as MVPs, and one trophy each will be awarded.

12. CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPATION


12.1 Round-trip airfare and Accommodation:
Round-trip airfare and accommodation charges of room and board shall be
covered by the participating National Association.
12.2 Entry Fees:
12.2.1 The OC shall collect the entry fees from the participating national
teams. The national team shall pay an entry fee to the OC at the
time of registration at the accreditation center(s) prior to the start of
the tournament. Athletes shall not be allowed to compete without
successful payment of entry fee.
12.2.2 Entry fee shall be various according to the timing and situation of the
submission of entry. Please read carefully the following guidelines.
12.2.2.1.1 US$200 per athlete
12.2.2.1.2 Entry forms will be accepted only when the forms are
completely filled out with all required information and signed
by the President of the pertinent member national association,
excluding TUE which can be submitted to the WTF by no later
than 21 days before the tournament.
12.2.2.1.3 Entry deadline is May 15, 2011.
12.2.2.1.4 US$200 of penalty per team in addition to individual entry fee
of US$200 per athlete should be paid in case of submission
of entry form (entire team or part of the team including athlete
and team officials) after May 15, 2011 and by May 31, 2011
based on local time of Seoul (GMT+8hrs)
12.2.2.1.5 Entry submission after May 31, 2011 will not be accepted
under any circumstances.
12.2.2.2 Replacement of the registered athletes and officials
12.2.2.2.1 The registered athletes or team officials may be replaced
without any penalty fee until May 31, 2011.
12.2.2.2.2 US$200 of penalty per team should be paid in case of
replacement of the already registered athletes by new athletes
in the same weight category or replacement of team officials
during the period of June 1-15, 2011 regardless of the timing
of the entry submission. This penalty will be imposed separately
from penalties for delayed entry submission after the deadline
of May 15, 2011.
12.2.2.3 Change of weight division for registered athlete or addition of an
athlete in new division after the deadline of May 31, 2011 shall not
be accepted under any circumstances.
12.2.2.4 Cancellation of participation
12.2.2.4.1 Entry fee of US$200 per athlete will not be charged in case of
cancellation of participation until May 31, 2011. Entry fee must
be paid in case of the cancellation of participating athletes after
May 31, 2011 or no-show.
12.2.2.5 Over-quota

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12.2.2.5.1 Athletes: Member national association can submit entry for


maximum 2 male and 2 female athletes, and no additional
athletes are accepted. No reserve athlete is accepted.
12.2.2.5.2 Team officials: Member national association can submit entry for
maximum one (1) Head of team per country, three (3) national
federation officials per country, one (1) manager per team, two
(2) coaches per team, one (1) team doctor per team, one (1)
trainer per team. In case of exceeding the number of national
federation officials, US$100 will be charged per person before
issuance of the accreditation card. The number of Head of
team, manager, coach, trainer and team doctor cannot exceed
this quota for any reason.
12.2.2.6 Entry submission on the spot
12.2.2.6.1 Athlete: No entry will be accepted or modified during on-spot
registration.
12.2.2.6.2 Team officials: US$100 will be charged per team official in case
of on-spot registration without prior entry submission until May
31, 2011.
12.3 Ground transportation:
Ground transportation will be provided for national teams on arrival and
departure, so long as the Organizing Committee has been informed of the
date, time, and number of team members and flight schedule of the national
team by June 15, 2011 at the latest. The Organizing Committee will also
provide ground transportation to and from the airport, all official hotels and
training venue and the venue provided that the national teams stay at the
official hotels. Pick-up arrangements at the airport may be delayed for the
teams that have not submitted arrival schedule with clear information of the
number of passengers and baggage to the Organizing Committee within the
notice deadline.
On arrival at the official hotel, national teams are requested to submit to the
Organizing Committee Departure Form that includes info such as number
of team members, departure flight schedule and desired date and time for
departure from the hotel to the airport.
13. TECHNICAL OFFICIALS
The WTF will appoint the Technical Officials such as Technical Delegate,
Competition Supervisory Board and International Referees.
13.1 Technical Delegate
13.1.1 One (1) Technical Delegate will be appointed to oversee the
tournament and make decisions on technical matters.
13.2 Competition Supervisory Board
13.2.1 Four (4) Competition Supervisory Board members (excluding
Technical Delegate) will be appointed.
13.3 International Referee
13.3.1 Sixty (60) International Referees, including Review Jury, will be
appointed to officiate at the tournament.
13.4 Equipment technicians
Organizing Committee shall pay for round-trip economy airfare and
accommodation of room and board for at least four (4) PSS technicians and
one (1) or two (2) IVR and WTF Web-TV.
13.5 Per diem

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14 . WTF-RECOGNIZED TAEKWONDO UNIFORM AND EQUIPMENT


14.1 All the equipment used at the Championships should be the ones recognized
by the WTF.
14.2 Protector and Scoring System (PSS; formerly called Electronic Body
Protector) will be used at this tournament.
14.3 Participating contestants are required to wear WTF-recognized uniform and
WTF-recognized protective equipment. The latest version of WTF-recognized
manufacturers list is available at the website of WTF (http://www.wtf.org/
wtf_eng/site/about_wtf/recognized.html).
14.4 Body protector (Protector and Scoring System) and headgears will be
provided by the Organizing Committee.
14.5 Participating contestants are required to bring their own sensing socks, groin
guards, mouthpieces, gloves, and shin and forearm guards for their personal
use. The WTF may send out further notice on the policy on sensing socks.
14.6 Before entering the field of play, all contestants will proceed to the inspection
desk for inspection of their uniforms and protective equipment.
Any contestant who wears unofficial uniform or protective equipment will not
be permitted to compete under any circumstances.
14.7 Organizing Committee will make and cover the cost of all the preparations,
including cameras and technical officials, for the instant video replay and
WTF Web-TV at its own expenses.
15. IDENTIFICATION OF NOC CODE AND MANUFACTURER
15.1 National flag shall be located between 3cm and 3.4cm below the right
shoulder line of upper garment.
15.2 NOC Code is a three-letter National Olympic Committee abbreviation, and
it shall be printed at the back in black and centered at 5cm or higher from
the bottom line of the upper garment within the size of 30cm width x 12cm
height. The font of the letters shall be in bold Verdana.
15.3 Manufacturers identification (name, designation trademark, logo or any
distinctive sign of the manufacturer) shall be located one per garment within
20cm2 except at the location of the WTF logo according to the related WTF
guidelines in force as of this event.
15.4 The end of the belt must be at least 10cm or higher above the knee.
15.5 Detailed illustration of these requirements is attached in this outline.
16 . ANTI-DOPING TESTS
16.1 The WTF Anti-Doping Rules, and where necessary the Code of the World
Anti-Doping Agency, shall apply throughout the competitions.
16.2 Compulsory anti-doping tests will be carried out for all qualifiers (24) and
substituted athletes (16). Total number of tests shall be forty two (42).
16.3 The WTF and/or WADA may carry out random out-of-competition testing
prior to the championships.
16.4 Any contestant who requires TUE is required to submit the TUE Application
Form to the WTF Anti-Doping Coordinator at sport@wtf.org by no later than
21 days before the championships. Therefore, the WTF must receive
all TUE application forms by no later than June 9, 2011. Late TUE
submission will not be accepted.
17. HEAD OF TEAM MEETING & DRAWING OF LOTS SESSION
17.1 The head of team meeting and the drawing of lots session shall be
conducted two (2) days prior to the start of the championships that is June
28, 2011 (two days before the first competition day), in the presence of the
WTF officials and the representatives of the participating nations.

17.2 The method of draw shall be decided by the Technical Delegate.


17.3 Depending on the decision of the Technical Delegate, WTF officials or
Organizing Committee volunteers could be designated to draw lots on behalf
of the officials of the participating nations who are not present at the time of
the lot drawing session.
17.4 World Ranking / Seeding
17.4.1 According to the Article 8.3 of Competition Rules and Article 8.2
of Bylaw of WTF World Ranking, twenty five (25) percent of the
registered athletes per weight division will be seeded based on the
WTF World Ranking as of June 1, 2011.
17.4.2 25% of the seeded athletes will be finally determined after
completion of team registration at 22:00 on June 27. There will
be no addition or deletion of the seeded athletes after this time
regardless of actual number of the athletes to compete.
17.4.3 In the event that the registered athlete from the host nation of the
World Qualification Tournament (Azerbaijan) has not been included in
the 25%, he/she will be seeded at the last place of the seeded 25%.
17.4.4 According to the Article 1.3 of Bylaw of WTF World Ranking, two
weight divisions shall be consolidated in seeding. Therefore, the
ranking points of an athlete obtained in different weight divisions as
of June 1, 2011 shall be consolidated as follows:
Mens division

Womens division

The seeded athletes of each weight division will be announced on WTF website
at the earliest on July 10, 2012 after completion of entry submission process
for 2012 London Olympic Games. In principle, eight (8) contestants (50% of
the contestants in each division) shall be seeded. However, this number may be
decreased to seven (7) for the weight division in which the host NOC chooses to
participate. If the athlete from the host nation has not been seeded based on his/
her World Ranking, he/she will be seeded at the position of the 8th.
After the announcement of seeded athletes, there shall be, in principle, no
change of seeding order. In the case that the seeded athletes cannot compete in
the 2012 London Olympic Games due to some reasons, the next highest seeded
athlete will take up the position, and so forth. Once the list of seeded athletes is
handed over to the LOCOG at the latest two days before the draw (provisionally
scheduled for August 6, 2012), there shall be no further change of seeded
athletes.
18 . WEIGH-IN
18.1 Weigh-in of all contestants shall be completed one day before their
scheduled competition day.
18.2 During the weigh-in, male contestants shall wear underpants and female
contestants shall wear underpants and brassieres. However, contestants
may weigh in in the nude if they want to do so.

-54kg and -58kg

-58kg

-46kg and -49kg

-49kg

19. INDEMNITIES

-63kg and -68kg

-68kg

-53kg and -57kg

-57kg

-74kg and -80kg

-80kg

-62kg and -67kg

-67kg

-87kg and +87kg

+80kg

-73kg and +73kg

+67kg

20. NATIONAL FLAG AND ANTHEM


Every participating national taekwondo association is required to bring the
following items for use at the Opening, Closing and Awarding ceremonies, and
submit them to the Organizing Committee during registration.
Two (2) IOC-recognized national flags with the size of 90cm x 130cm
CD or DVD of the pertinent IOC-recognized national anthem

17.4.5 WTF World Qualification Tournament is classified as G-7 tournament.


The contestants who advance to round of 16 or above will obtain
ranking points based on their ranks.
17.4.6 The ranks will be classified into 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, tied 6th and
tied 9th place.

Seeding rules for 2012 London Olympic Games


(In compliance of with WTF Olympic Standing Procedure Articles 4.2, 4.4 and 4.5)

Based on the WTF World Ranking as of February 1, 2012, top eight (8) athletes
of each Olympic weight division will be seeded in the order of their ranks, while
the rest of the athletes will be drawn randomly.
Ranking points annual deduction rules shall not be applied until the completion
of the last Continental Qualification Tournament. Right after the last Continental
Qualification Tournament, the total points of each athlete will be deducted by
25%.

21. CLOSING DATES FOR ENTRIES


The member national associations must submit the entry forms by no later than
May 15, 2011. Team may still submit the entry forms after May 15 and before
May 31 with payment of penalties. Entries received after May 31, 2011 will not
be accepted under any circumstances.
22. OTHERS
22.1 All contestants and officials participating in WTF World Qualification
Tournament for London 2012 Olympic Games will receive a diploma cosigned by the WTF President and the Chairman of the Organizing Committee.
22.2 The Organizing Committee will send out details of other relevant information
including visa, transportation and accommodation to all invited national
associations as soon as such information is available.
22.3 Coaches are required to wear formal suit while he/she is sitting beside the
court during the match.

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EVENT SCHEDULE (subject to change)


WTF World Taekwondo Qualification Tournament for London 2012 Olympic Games
(Baku, Azerbaijan / June 30 July 3, 2011)
Dates

Time

June 24-27

0900-1800

Arrival and registration of the teams

June 27

0900-2200

(Final day of team registration; registration center to move to venue on June 30)

June 24-29

0900-1800

Team training

June 27-29

0900-1800

Referee meeting and training (training at the venue on June 28 and 29)

June 28

1400-1800

Head of Team Meeting and Drawing of Lots

1000-1400

WTF Council Meeting (if any)

1600-1800

Weigh-in for M-58kg and F-67kg

1900-2100

Welcoming Reception hosted by Organizing Committee

0900-1200

Competitions (M-58kg and F-67kg)

1200-1300

Lunch Break

1300-1630

Competitions

1400-1600

Weigh-in for M-68kg, F+67kg

1700-1830

Opening Ceremony

1830-1930

Bronze-medal contests and finals

0900-1200

Competitions (M-68kg, F+67kg)

1200-1300

Lunch Break

1300-1800

Competitions

1400-1600

Weigh-in for M-80kg, F-49kg

1800-1900

Bronze-medal contests and finals

0900-1200

Competitions (M-80kg, F-49kg)

1200-1300

Lunch Break

1300-1700

Competitions

1400-1600

Weigh-in for M+80, F-57kg

1700-1800

Bronze-medal contests and finals

0900-1200

Competitions (M+80, F-57kg)

1200-1300

Lunch Break

1300-1700

Competitions

1700-1800

Bronze-medal contests and finals

1800-1830

Awarding Ceremony and Closing Ceremony

June 29

June 30

July 1

July 2

July 3

July 4

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Event

Departure of the teams

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REFEREES

WTF S-CLASS INTERNATIONAL


KYORUGI REFEREES (as of Feb. 28, 2011)
Country

I.R. Number

010-0568

Mr. Sung Kuang Sen

2000/12/31

010-0570

Mr. Mao Kee Lung

2004/06/30

010-0560

Mr. Sa Ok Kim

2002/12/31

006-0257

Mr. Charles Mok Hung Fai

2002/06/30

024-0987

Mr. Myoung Gon Moon

2010/06/30

025-0002

Mr. Mojtaba Nazmdeh

2010/12/31

001-0154

Mr. Chang Nam Moon

1994/09/10

001-0155

Mr. Jeong Boo Hong

1994/09/10

002-0070

Mr. Sun Jang Kang

2003/06/30

10

002-0083

Mr. Kang Ein Kim

2001/12/31

11

002-0086

Mr. Sang Hyun Lee

2003/12/31

12

002-0088

Mr. Kyu Hyung Lee

2000/12/31

13

002-0118

Mr. Ki Yong Kim

2002/06/30

14

002-0282

Mr. Hyun Sup Park

1998/06/30

15

016-0737

Mr. Soo Gon Oh

2008/12/31

16

016-0750

Mr. Myeong Soo Chang

2009/12/31

17

016-0752

Mr. Sang Jin Han

2008/06/30

18

016-0753

Mr. Jung Ho Choi

2000/12/31

19

016-0766

Mr. Kil Lae Kim

2008/06/30

20

015-0687

Mr. Kalanayagam A.R. Nadarajan

2008/12/31

21

015-0692

Mr. Tai Loke Woon

2008/12/31

Nepal

22

015-0685

Mr. Deep Raj Grung

Singapore

23

006-0594

France

24

Germany

Chinese Taipei

Hong Kong
Iran

I.R. Number

30

001-0162

Mr. Byung Kyu Lee

1994/09/10

31

008-0572

Mr. Ken Wai-Kin Cheung

2002/12/31

32

015-0684

Mr. Myung Ok Yu

2007/06/30

33

012-1061

Mr. Sergio Chavez

2005/12/31

34

015-0703

Mr. Rafael Jesus Ruelas Reyes

2010/06/30

35

013-0604

Mr. Varo Barragan

2006/08/02

36

001-0175

Mr. Young Keun Lee

1994/09/10

37

002-0281

Mr. Young Sam Kim

2000/12/31

38

002-0069

Mr. Eui Bin Lee

2000/12/31

39

002-0072

Mr. In Kon Park

2006/06/30

40

002-0100

Mr. Dong Sup Kim

2000/12/31

2010/12/31

41

005-0225

Mr. Koang Woong Kim

1996/01/01

Mr. Teong Chin Lim

2001/06/30

42

013-0625

Mr. Gregory Kaillian

2010/06/30

013-0623

Mr. Benjamin John

2008/12/31

43

019-0861

Mr. Bruce C.K.W. Harris

2000/12/31

25

013-0640

Mr. Jin Kun Baek

2008/06/30

44

018-0848

Mr. Ki Young Jeong

2006/12/31

Italy

26

008-1034

Mr. Lorenzo Tricoli

2000/12/31

45

018-1082

Mr. Mohamed Riad Ibrahim

2010/12/31

Netherlands

27

001-0170

Mr. Myung Soo Seo

1998/12/31

46

013-0634

Mr. Yong Kwang Kim

2007/06/30

Russia

28

030-0002

Mr. Sergey A.Danilov

2010/12/31

47

013-0633

Mr. Snosy A. Mohamed

2009/06/30

Turkey

29

013-0632

Mr. Galip Ziya Yalcinkaya

2009/12/31

48

029-0123

Mr. Samuel Michael Loiacono

2010/12/31

Korea

Malaysia

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Country
Canada

Mexico
Panama
Pan America

U.S.A.

Egypt
Africa
Libya
Oceania

Australia

Name

S- Class Promotion Date


(yyyy/mm/dd)

No.

Asia

Europe

Name

S- Class Promotion Date


(yyyy/mm/dd)

No.

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No.
1
2
3
4
5
6

Name (Gender)

IR Number

Nationality

No.

Thekla Breitenfeld (F)


Linda Kwan (F)
Chakir Chelbat (M)
Jose Molero Lopez (M)
Uwe Otterbein (M)
Zhao Lei (M)

030-0014
029-0045
029-0134
025-0110
033-0029
034-0195

Germany
Canada
Sweden
Spain
Cuba
China

Event Title: 1st World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships


Place: Bangkok, Thailand
Date: September 14~18/2006
No.
1
2
3
4
5

1
2
3
4
5

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Name (Gender)

IR Number

Nationality

No.

Chen Chun-Feng (F)

029-0098

Chinese Taipei

Nazmdeh Mojtaba (M)

025-0002

Myung Ok Yu (M)

4
5

Name (Gender)

IR Number

Nationality

No.

Jessica B. Stenholm (F)


Tung Ya Ling (F)
Khim Hua Seng (M)
Dong Jun Sin (M)
Vladimir Sheyka (M)

025-0020
034-0141
029-0042
045-0338
044-0001

Norway
Chinese Taipei
Australia
Japan
Russia

1
2
3
4
5

IR Number

Nationality

No.

Jung Kwang Jeon (M)

034-0062

Korea

Iran

Sandra Magally Pena (F)

043-0099

029-0045

Canada

Myung Chan Kim (M)

019-0910

Thomas Klaey (M)

038-0024

Switzerland

Predreg Tesovic (M)

Benali Youssef (M)

028-0001

Morocco

Faraj Alfadhel (M)

IR Number

Nationality

No.

Joseph Elias Khoury (M)


Denis Odjo (M)
John Lee Holloway (M)
Ahmed Hassan El Mofty (M)
Rene Raymond Leveaux (M)

038-0046
035-0031
019-0865
046-0075
034-0172

Lebanon
France
U.S.A.
Egypt
Australia

1
2
3
4
5

Name (Gender)

IR Number

Nationality

Mohammed Argoubi (M)

038-0216

Netherlands

Colombia

David Coupar (M)

030-0006

Denmark

U.S.A.

Carmen Chiu (F)

046-0004

Macau

050-0014

Serbia

Soo Hyeon Park (F)

038-0104

Korea

045-0240

Kuwait

Jose Eduardo Cornelio (M)

038-0163

Aruba

Event Title: 2010 World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships


Place: Urumqi, China
Date: July 17~20/2010

Name (Gender)

IR Number

Nationality

No.

Ian Leafe (M)


Carmen Navarro Ingles (F)
Soo Gon Oh (M)
Nelson Brizuela Cortes (M)
Mohamed Hosni Ahmed (M)

025-0102
038-0226
016-0737
020-0938
038-0020

Great Britain
Spain
Korea
Costa Rica
Egypt

1
2
3

Event Title: 2009 World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships & 1st ParaTaekwondo Championships
Place: Baku, Azerbaijan
Date: June 10~14/2009

Name (Gender)

Event Title: 8th World Junior Taekwondo Championships


Place: Tijuana, Mexico
Date: March 6~9/2010

Name (Gender)

Event Title: 18th (13th Womens) World Taekwondo Championships


Place: Beijing, China
Date: May 18~22/2007

Event Title: 7th World Junior Taekwondo Championships


Place: Izmir, Turkey
Date: May 7~11/2008
No.

Event Title: 19th (14th Womens) World Taekwondo Championships


Place: Copenhagen, Denmark
Date: October 14~18/2009

Name (Gender)

IR Number

Nationality

Serge Sembona (M)


Barbara Ruth Marian (F)
Song Chul Kim (M)
Jatuporn Hemwonno (F)
Samuel Michael Loiacono (M)

051-0004
043-0016
038-0164
042-0017
029-0123

France
Canada
Canada
Thailand
Australia

Name (Gender)

IR Number

Nationality

Si Liang (M)
Julie Dib (F)
Mohammed Bin Ishaq (M)

046-0046
046-0012
025-0211

China
Lebanon
U.A.E

POOMSAE
Event Title: 1st WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships
Place: Seoul, Korea
Date: September 4~6/2006
No.
1
2
3
4
5
6

Event Title: 2nd WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships


Place: Incheon, Korea
Date: November 4~6/2007

Name (Gender)

IR Number

Nationality

No.

Kang-Ein Kim (M)


Tong-Wan Shin (M)
Varo David Barragan (M)
Carmen Navarro Ingles (F)
Teong Chin Lim (M)
Nur Syahidah Binti Abdullah (F)

001-0027
003-0018
001-0122
005-0010
006-0055
006-0046

Korea
Great Britain
Panama
Spain
Singapore
Malaysia

Event Title: 3rd WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships


Place: Ankara, Turkey
Date: December 16~18/2008
No.
1
2
3
4
5

1
2
3
4
5

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IR Number

Nationality

Santiago Escutia (M)

001-0125

Mexico

Aly Mohamed Taher Nour (M)

006-0067

Egypt

In Ok Yang (F)

006-0021

Korea

Shin Boo Kim (M)

001-0121

Australia

Mustapha Moutarazak (M)

002-0011

Netherlands

Event Title: 4th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships


Place: Cairo, Egypt
Date: November 30~December 2/2009

Name (Gender)

IR Number

Nationality

No.

Jong Wan Kim (M)


Jin Beom Kim (M)
Maria Nelly Chacin (F)
Raymond Hsu (M)
Galip Yalcinkaya (M)

004-0010
006-0035
007-0031
007-0008
003-0008

France
Korea
Venezuela
U.S.A.
Turkey

1
2
3
4
5

Event Title: 5th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships


Place: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Date: October 8~10/2010
No.

Name (Gender)

Name (Gender)

IR Number

Nationality

Seung Jae Heo (M)


Elio Luppichini Mella (M)
Vera Moens (F)
Roberto Lovpez (M)
Ahmed Hassan El Mofty (M)

008-0012
007-0013
001-0141
001-0004
009-0006

Korea
Chile
Belgium
Mexico
Egypt

Name (Gender)

IR Number

Nationality

Jong Joo Kim (M)


Kostas Kaloudis (M)
Elba Monroy Garcia (F)
Ahmed Mahmoud Rizk (M)
Jose Luis Gonzalo Morales (M)

006-0023
009-0020
007-0019
002-0074
005-0024

Korea
Greece
Mexico
Egypt
Spain

What is your overall evaluation of the first International Referee


selection and training camp for the 2012 London Olympic
Games in Baku, Azerbaijan?

OUTLINE FOR 2012 LONDON


OLYMPIC GAMES
INTERNATIONAL REFEREE
SELECTION & TRAINING CAMPS
1. Purpose of Camp: To select 60 best International Referees (IRs) from 5
continents for the 2012 London Olympic Games Taekwondo Qualification
Tournaments and finally to select 30 IRs for 2012 London Olympic Games
taekwondo competition
2. Outline:
1) Number of camps: three (3)
2) Period: between January and April 2011
3) Places & Dates:
(1) CAMP ONE: Baku, Azerbaijan (January 14-17, 2011)
(2) CAMP TWO: Guangzhou, China (March 2-5, 2011)
(3) CAMP THREE: Mexico City, Mexico (April 7-10, 2011)
4) Size of the camp (No. of invited IRs): total 260
* Maximum No. of IRs invited per nation: 7
(1) CAMP ONE: Europe & Africa: 100 (75 from Europe + 25 from Africa)
(2) CAMP TWO: Asia & Oceania: 100 (85 from Asia + 15 from Oceania)
(3) CAMP THREE: Pan America: 60
5) Category of IRs to be selected:
(1) Center Referee
(2) Corner Judge
(3) Review Jury
6) No. of IRs to be selected from camps: total 60
(1) Europe & Africa: 24 (18 from Europe + 6 from Africa)
(2) Asia & Oceania: 24 (19 from Asia + 5 from Oceania)
(3) Pan America: 12
7) Duration of camp: 3 nights and 4 days (excluding check-in and check-out days)
8) Participation Fee: US$100 per IR should be paid to the WTF
9) Method of IR participation: Only invitation basis by the Referee Committee &
WTF Referee Division
- Conditions of invitation:
a. 3rd class or higher

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b.1. IRs who completed refresher course between 2009 and 2010 or
2. IRs who obtained IR certification from 2009 to 2010
c. IRs who paid up IR dues up to the year 2010
d. Recommended by MNA presidents
e. WTF Referee Committee and WTF Referee Division shall invite IRs from MNAs
IR recommendation list based on IRs experience and skill together with English
communication skill
f. If WTF Referee Committee and WTF Referee Division could not find the
appropriate IRs from MNAs IR recommendation list, WTF Referee Committee
and WTF Referee Division shall select the best IRs from WTF IR database.
10) Evaluation of participating IRs: 3-member Evaluation Committee will evaluate
IRs during all three camps and make recommendation to WTF President within
two weeks after each camp
3. Curriculum:
1) Competition Rules Review
2) Scoring Criteria
3) Penalty
4) Emergency Situation
5) Ethics
4. Tests to be conducted:
1) Medical Check-up (Eye sight, Blood Pressure, Hearing)
2) Physical Test (Agility, Speed)
3) Scoring Test
4) Game Management Test
5) Written Test on Competition Rules
6) English Oral Test
7) Instant Video Review Test
Any IR who does not mark passing score on test 1 or 2, he or she will not be
considered as an Olympic referee.

Compared to the
previous ones, this camp
was totally different.
The selection process
was based on science
and technology. The
participants had to
undergo medical checkup (eye sight test, blood
pressure test, hearing
test), physical test (quick
feet drill test for agility,
shuttle run test), scoring
test, games management
test, English oral test, and
written test on competition
rules.
In the selection process
we also divided corner
judges on one part, center
referee on one part and
instant video review juries. Review juries had to take an instant video review test.
In comparison with the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games IR selection and training
camp, the 2012 London Olympic Games camp was much improved in every
aspect. The major improvements come from teaching a clear evaluation process.
The instructions from me as the WTF Referee Committee chairman and from Mr.
Phillipe Buedo as the WTF Games Committee chairman were simple and clear to
all participants during the two days of education.
We spoke the same language. Outsourcing the corner judge and the review jury
evaluation was successful. The expertise of Swiss Timing and Dartfish helped
us get more objective data and statistics, which gave us a clear evaluation
process. The 2012 edition of the game management test helped evaluators see
performance of each center referee in real situations instead of evaluating only
referees hand signals as was done in 2008.
The 2012 edition of the physical test was better fit to taekwondo referees,
such as agility and short distance speed test instead of broad jump, 100m and
1500m running test as was done in 2008. The 2012 edition of the English oral
test was more strictly enforced and all the selected referees and review juries
are able to communicate well in English.

How many international referees took part in the camp and tell
us about the camp in detail?
We invited 75 international referees from Europe and 25 from Africa, and 73
European and 23 African IRs showed up from a total of 42 nations (31 European,
11 African). The evaluators for the camp were myself as the WTF Referee
Committee Chairman and Mr. Phillipe Bouedo, the WTF Games Committee
Chairman as well as technical staff Mr. Thierry Cuenin from Swiss Timing and
Mr. Thomas Bosser from Dartfish. This was a good team with great harmony
committed to one goal: to offer the maximum transparency and fairness to all
the participants in order to select the best of the best.
Camp one was well managed in all aspects and we are committed to doing our
best and to ensuring the success of the camps to follow.
What are the evaluation criteria of the camp participants?
As I mentioned in the earlier question, the evaluation criteria were scoring,
games management, English oral test, instant video review, physical test, quick
feet drill test, blood pressure, hearing test, etc.
What is your overall evaluation of the level of refereeing and
judging at the WTF-promoted events?
Much higher level than before. The rules and regulations are clearer. The
education program helps us better understand the rules in a more simple way.
By teaching the IRs around the world the same education we insist on how to
keep the consistency and how to unify the criteria in order to give better fairness
and transparence to the athletes and coaches.
What is your opinion of the introduction of the protector and
scoring system (PSS) and the instant video replay system at the
London Olympic Games?
The introduction of the PSS and the instant video replay system at the London
Olympic Games together with the new rules will produce a more dynamic
and fairer taekwondo competition with more exciting games. We will work
very hard to teach and train the referees in order for them to reach their best
performances with maximum impartiality and fair play.
Do you have anything else to talk about?
Under the leadership of our WTF President, I feel we have a very good team.
I also feel the support in order for me to improve the success of the referees
quality worldwide. Our main goal is one to make successful Olympic Games,
where taekwondo will maintain as an Olympic sport.

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Question &
Answer
Do you have any suggestions for the further development of
taekwondo and the World Taekwondo Federation in referee
education?

How long have you been an international referee and what


motivation made you become and IR?
Because I began the study of martial arts relatively late, competing at the
provincial, national or international level did not make much sense. Sport
taekwondo is most definitely a game for the young; however, being young at
heart, I still compete occasionally at the local level.
In any case, becoming a referee seemed like a great idea, since I enjoyed the
entire competition experience so much. I began my referee career in the mid
1990s refereeing a different style of martial arts and found that I had an affinity
for it. I changed to refereeing WTF taekwondo in 1998 in my province, and then
began refereeing nationally in 1999. Natural progression to the international
level was the next step. At the behest of my national referee chair, I obtained my
international referee license in 2002.
What is your evaluation of using instant video replay system
at the 1st Youth Olympic Games and the use of an electronic
body protector at the 2010 WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team
Championships in Urumqi, China?
I have been very fortunate in that using both the instant video replay (IVR) system
at the Youth Olympic Games and the PSS (formerly EBP) at the World Cup in
Urumqi, China was not the first time that I had used both systems. The use
of both the IVR and the PSS is valuable tools to ensure that we get it right."
Ultimately, we referees want the best player in any given match to be the one to
emerge as the winner.
The advances and uses of sport science in the training of athletes have resulted
in increased abilities and speed of the competitors. These increases in speed
have resulted in faster kicks and multiple kicks per second. The need for judges
to see, and mentally process these scores, then manually utilize a scoring
instrument, has become increasingly challenging. Consequently, the use of
science in the development of additional tools for officials, makes perfect sense.
Hence, we have the movement to the use of the Protector Scoring System as
a tool for officials to assist in impartial and effective scoring to the body, and
potentially to the head, in the very near future.
As in many other sports, the use of the instant video replay system is a further
progression and its use is a valuable tool. I must admit that the first time that
I was officiating at a competition with the IVR, I did so with trepidation. I was
very pleasantly pleased with the result. I dont think that there was a significant
increase in the length of the competition day. The use of IVR allows for any
inadvertent human errors to be corrected immediately. The bottom line is that
Im a proponent in the use of both the protector scoring system and the instant
video replay system. When both systems are used together, the potential for
human error is greatly reduced.

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I like the way the referee education has progressed. I enjoy the seminars in the
current format, including the physical training and testing. If I were to make a
suggestion, it would be to include lots of athletes (as many as could possibly be
available) in attendance so that referees have multiple opportunities to judge
and referee in real-time situations. As a referee gets time in a ring with athletes,
the more experience they will get and the more effective they will be. Just as
athletes require ring time for improvement, so do referees. So, if there are lots of
opportunities to officiate lots of athletes during seminars, the better the referee
experience will be.

What is your overall evaluation of the taekwondo competition


at the 1st Youth Olympic Games?
Considering that this was the 1st Youth Olympic
Games and that the Singapore organizing
committee had only two and one half years to
prepare for such an event, I thought that they did
an incredible job. With respect to the taekwondo
competition, I was very pleased. The volunteers
were very motivated, helpful, friendly and well
rehearsed. The venue was well set up, and
appropriately sized for the number of spectators.
I felt that the group of referees chosen for the
event had a great rapport with each other and worked very cohesively as a
group. The fact that we had worked together for several competitions leading up
to the YOG was a great benefit for us, and ultimately the competitors, in that we
were all on the same page before the competition actually began.
With respect to the athletes, it appeared to me that there was a significant
difference in the ability of the athletes who qualified for the YOG in Mexico as
compared to those who competed with wild-card positions. The 59 athletes
who competed after qualifying in Mexico were obviously well trained, and well
prepared for that level of competition.
The wild-card athletes, on the other hand, were, for the most part, not quite up
to those same world standards. In my opinion, many of the wild-card athletes
were at such a different level that they were at a severe disadvantage. In a full
contact combat sport, this wide skill level differential actually, put many of the
contestants in danger. Again, in my personal opinion, I would rather see the
top eight (8) rather than the top (6) per weight division qualify for the YOG. This
would result in less wild cards competing, and those wild-card athletes that
eventually do compete should be carefully selected based on their skill levels.

What is your opinion of using an electronic body protector


system at the 2012 London Olympic Games?
Im all for it. As I have already said, I am a proponent of the PSS, so using it at
the 2012 Olympic Games makes sense. The potential for human error is greatly
reduced when the PSS is in use.

What is your opinion of introducing an instant video replay


system at the 2012 London Olympic Games?
Im all for that too. Since the IVR is another tool for the officials to use to get it
right." Why not? It just makes sense that it be used in London.

What is your overall evaluation of the refereeing at major WTFpromoted championships over the last five to six years?
In my opinion, the level of refereeing over the last several years, have increased
tremendously. This is due to the fact that the approach to referee education has
been based more on science than previously. When I first began, referee training
was limited to reading the Competition Rules and performing hand signals.
As time has marched on, referee education has evolved now including physical
training and testing in the areas of speed, stamina and agility. There are eye
tests, color blindness tests, hearing tests, blood pressure tests, English language
skills requirements, scoring tests using videos, actual players in game situations
and referee skill testing. The advent and inclusion of the PSS and IVR at major
competitions have also served to increase the level of officiating. Using these
additional tools now, which were not in use at major competitions half a decade
ago, has served the game well.

What are your plans for 2011?

When did you start practicing taekwondo and what motivation?


I have always been very athletic and active. I have played volleyball and baseball
in the past. I still continue to enjoy running today. When my first son was five
years old, he was very meek and needed some self-confidence, so we enrolled
him in a local taekwondo club. My husband and I were so taken by it, then he
joined days later, and I joined a couple of months after that. Finally, our other son
joined as soon as he turned four years old.
Spending time with my family has been my motivation. Training together in the
Dojang over the years while my sons were growing up, has been my inspiration.
I cannot think of a better way to spend my leisure time than training with my
family. Even now that my sons are in their late teens and early 20s, we are still
training together on a regular basis.

Well, of course, I have my job, so I will continue my work as a business and


finance manager for an insurance brokerage; and continue to be thankful to
my company president for allowing me the freedom to travel. I will continue
to teach with my husband at our Dojang. I will continue to train for myself and
stay in good physical condition. I will continue to referee in my province and my
country. I will cross my fingers in the hopes that I am invited to participate in the
Olympic Referee Selection Training Camp in April in Mexico. What will become
of the training camp? I hope that I am able to do my best and will be successful.
Beyond that, my fingers are crossed.
Do you have anything else to say?
Im very grateful for the opportunities have been given. I have learned so much
from so many people. I have learned about other countries, people, culture and
customs. I have met so many great people around the world. I would never have
travelled anywhere were it not for taekwondo.

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What is your opinion of using an electronic body protector


system at the 2012 London Olympic Games?
Making the scoring of points more objective rather than subjective is a critical
development for our sport. Anything that makes this happen is a big step
forward. My view is that the technology should follow the rules of our sport, not
the other way around and a scientific and systematic review of the good and bad
points of each system currently on the market should be undertaken to ensure
reliability before selecting one for the games. I think the use of EBPs for the
London Games is a great idea if they work securely and effectively.
What is your opinion of introducing an instant video replay
system at the 2012 London Olympic Games?
As with electronic body protectors, I think they are a great idea as long as they
are heavily tested beforehand. We cannot afford to have technology problems
when the spotlight of the Olympic Games are upon our sport.

Question &
Answer
How long have you been an international referee and what
motivation made you become an IR?
I have been an international referee for 20 years, qualifying in 1991 at the
International Olympic Academy course in Greece. Prior to that, I had been an
athlete and was, like many, frustrated by the lack of consistency and fairness
shown by international referees of that time.
But, rather than criticize from the sidelines as many do, I wanted to do
something about it, and give something back to taekwondo and help athletes of
the future win by their own ability and not by a bad refereeing decisions.
What is your evaluation of using an instant video replay system
and the use of an electronic body protector at the 1st 2010
SportAccord Combat Games in Beijing, China?
I think the use of video replay and electronic body protectors is a great step
forward for taekwondo. Anything that gives transparency and makes the game
more exciting for spectators is a good thing. Both systems worked very well
in Beijing and the event was very smooth. It was very interesting to see other
martial art sports in action, but I think taekwondo was a much better I would
say that though!

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What is your overall evaluation of the taekwondo competition


at the 2nd WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships in St.
Petersburg, Russia?
The event presented many challenges for both the athletes and referees on how
best to adapt the WTF Competition Rules to give competitors a good chance
to show their skills. The event went well from my perspective with many more
athletes than the previous event and it continues to grow and evolve.

What is your overall evaluation of the taekwondo competition at


the 2010 WTF World Taekwondo Tour in Moscow, Russia?
I thought the Tour event was very exciting the tag team concept worked really
well and was a great show. The relaxed rules and high speed, high kicking action
kept us referees on our toes. The seven-minute rounds were ideal for this sort of
competition and I enjoyed the event very much.

When did you start practicing taekwondo and what motivation?


I started training taekwondo in 1980 as a boy. My father took me to a local club
and wanted me to learn self-defence and build my confidence. My hobby fast
became an obsession like many people bitten by the taekwondo bug, and I was
soon training every day, entering competitions and attending seminars wherever
I could. Taekwondo becomes a way of life very quickly!

Do you have any suggestions for the further development of


taekwondo and the World Taekwondo Federation in referee
education?
One of the biggest problems is lack of consistency throughout the family of
referees in the world. The main reason for this, in my opinion, is the fact that
many referees do not have sufficient and regular experience of elite level
competition. Many other sports with a similar problem have a small core group
of semi-professional referees that officiate only at world level. They train, study
and evaluate the rules daily as part of a premier league of officials and are
match ready all of the time.
Another idea is to have specific categories of education courses. Separate judge,
referee and technical assistant improvement seminars would allow referees to
grow. Too often, completely inexperienced referees come to major games and
cannot operate at the required standard. It is unfair to the elite athletes and the
referees concerned.
What is your overall evaluation of the refereeing at major WTFpromoted championships over the last five to six years?
The standard of refereeing has improved steadily over the last few years as a
direct result of the level and frequency of education courses. Since the Beijing
Olympic Games, the selection of referees for major events has been much more
vigorous and the quality of experienced referees has grown tremendously. I am
sure athletes and coaches will agree that things are improving greatly.

What are your plans for 2011?


2011 is going to be a busy year for all of us! The London Olympic Games
selection process for referees as well as athletes begins this year, together with
the World Championships in Korea - it means many extra events on the calendar
and many hours on airplanes!

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Question &
Answer
How long have you been an international referee and what
motivation made you become an IR?
I first officiated as a WTF international referee at the World Championships in
1999 in Edmonton, Canada. Its simple, I enjoy when Im referee.

What is your evaluation of using an instant video replay system


at the 1st Youth Olympic Games and the use of an electronic
body protector at the 2010 WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team
Championships in Urumqi, China?
It has been a positive step. The use of the video replay system creates less
controversy among everybody: coaches, athletes, technicians, etc. The same
with the electronic body protectors.

What is your overall evaluation of the taekwondo competition at


the 1st Youth Olympic Games?
My opinion is good. It was not very complicated because there was many
difference in level between competitors. But the organization and the technical
preparation was very good. And one innovation with the video replay.

What is your opinion of using an electronic body protector


system at the 2012 London Olympic Games?
For me, it is a good option. Its more objective and more equal.

What is your opinion of introducing an instant video replay


system at the 2012 London Olympic Games?
Its a good decision. The referee may be a human error. Its one more step to the
perfection. The overall vision will be more clear.

When did you start practicing taekwondo and what motivation?


I started practicing taekwondo in 1984 because in the school always had
outstanding sports and my physical education teacher was practicing
taekwondo.
Do you have any suggestions for the further development of
taekwondo and the World Taekwondo Federation in referee
education?
Nothing special. But in my opinion, I think that should be devoted to education of
some referees who are always safe in the event.

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What is your overall evaluation of the refereeing at major WTFpromoted championships over the last five to six years?
The refereeing is in a stage of improvement and refinement. Gradually getting
better technically and professionally.

What are your plans for 2011?


I will try to work the best for myself in all the events to be selected. I enjoy when
Im referee.

Do you have anything else to say?


Nothing. Just to thank you for your support and trust shown to me.

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INTERNATIONAL REFEREE
EDUCATION SCHEDULE FOR 2011

Month

Dates

Place

Event

Grade

Jan.13-15

Manama, Bahrain

3rd Bahrain Open Championships

G-1

Jan. 28-31

Chennai, India

5th Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships

G-1

Feb. 5-6

Trelleborg, Sweden

2011 Trelleborg Open

G-1

POSTPONED

Alexandria, Egypt

5th Alexandria International Open

G-1

Feb. 17-21

Austin, U.S.A.

2011 US Open

G-2

Feb. 19-20

Eindhoven, Netherlands

38th Dutch Open Taekwondo Championships 2011

G-1

Feb. 24-25

Tehran, Iran

23rd Fajr Open

G-1

March 12-13

Hamburg, Germany

2011 German Open

G-1

March 26-27

Alicante, Spain

2011 Spanish Open

G-1

10

April 3-8

London, U.K.

2011 Sportaccord Convention

N/A

11

May 1-6

Gyeongju, Korea

2011 WTF World Taekwondo Championships

G-7

12

June 30 - July 3

Baku, Azerbaijan

WTF World Qualification Tournament for London 2012 Olympic Games

G-7

13

July 16-24
(TKD 20-23)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

5th CISM Military World Games

14

July 29-31

Vladivostok, Russia

6th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships

N/A

15

Aug. 12-23
(TKD 18-23)

Shenzhen, China

26th Summer Universiade

G-4

16

Aug. 27 - Sept. 10
(TKD 6-9)

New Caledonia

14th Pacific Games

17

Sept. 3-18

Maputo, Mozambique

2011 All Africa Games

G-5

18

Sept. 11-20
(TKD 18-20)

Lignano, Italy

2011 European Masters Games

N/A

19

Sept. 11

Noumea, New Caledonia

WTF Oceania Qualification Tournament for London 2012 Olympic Games

G-5

20

Oct. 14-30
(TKD 15-18)

Guadalajara, Mexico

16th Pan American Games

G-5

21

Nov. 4-6

Bangkok, Thailand

WTF Asian Qualification Tournament for London 2012 Olympic Games

G-5
G-5

Dates

Event

Tehran, Iran

5-8

International Referee Seminar & Refresher Course (Kyorugi)

Baku, Azerbaijan

14-17

2012 LOG IR Selection & Training Camp One

Austin, U.S.A.

12-16

International Referee Seminar & Refresher Course (Poomsae)

Trelleborg, Sweden

23-26

International Referee Seminar & Refresher Course (Poomsae)

March

Guangzhou, China

2-5

2012 LOG IR Selection & Training Camp Two

April

Mexico City, Mexico

7-10

2012 LOG IR Selection & Training Camp Three

22

Nov. 18-20

Queretaro, Mexico

WTF Pan American Qualification Tournament for London 2012 Olympic Games

Bangalore, India

4-8

International Referee Seminar & Refresher Course (Poomsae)

23

Dec. 3-4

London, U.K.

Taekwondo Test Event for London 2012 Olympic Games

Trelleborg, Sweden

20-23

International Referee Seminar & Refresher Course (Kyorugi)

Auckland, New Zealand

15-19

International Referee Seminar & Refresher Course (Poomsae)

Maputo, Mozambique

TBA

International Referee Seminar & Refresher Course (Kyorugi)

Australia

13-16

International Referee Seminar & Refresher Course (Kyorugi)

Feb.

June
Aug.
Sept.

WTF

No.

Country & Place

Jan.

78

2011 WTF EVENTS CALENDAR

2012 EVENTS CALENDAR


1

Jan. 11-12

Port Said, Egypt

WTF African Qualification Tournament for London 2012 Olympic Games

G-5

Jan. 27-29

Kazan, Russia

WTF European Qualification Tournament for London 2012 Olympic Games

G-5

July 27-Aug.12
(TKD Aug. 8-11)

London, U.K.

London 2012 Olympic Games

G-10

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Question &
Answer

What are your main objectives for 2011 and what steps are you
planning to take to achieve these objectives?

What are the WTFs major taekwondo events in 2011?

The WTF slogan for the year 2011 is World Peace through Taekwondo.

A series of WTF-promoted taekwondo events are scheduled for 2011. Among


them are the 2011 WTF World Taekwondo Championships in Gyeongju, Korea
on May 1-6 and world and continental qualification tournaments for the 2012
London Olympic Games.

To better serve humanity, the WTF will launch a global campaign through
its strengthened Taekwondo Peace Corps activities to give financial and
technical support for teaching taekwondo in orphanages and refugee
camps around the world. The focus of this campaign is to instill hopes and
dreams in the minds of those in need so that their futures will be oriented toward
positive goals. This will help foster a mindset of peaceful coexistence. I encourage
our member national associations to join.

The WTF World Taekwondo Qualification Tournament for the London


Olympic Games is scheduled for June 30 to July 3 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The WTF
Oceania Taekwondo Qualification Tournament for the London Olympic Games is
to take place on Sept. 11 in Noumea, New Caledonia; the Asian tournament on
Nov. 4-6 in Bangkok, Thailand; the Pan American tournament on Nov. 18-20 in
Queretaro, Mexico; the African qualification tournament on Jan. 11-12, 2012 in
Port Said, Egypt; and the European tournament on Jan. 27-29, 2012 in Kazan,
Russia. The Taekwondo Test Event for the 2012 London Olympic Games is
scheduled for Dec. 3-4, 2011 in London, United Kingdom.

The WTF will place an equal emphasis on the proposed Taekwondo for All in
Africa project. The Africa project will greatly help promote taekwondo in the
African region, which will give hope and dreams to youths in need.
The WTF will also pay attention to its youth education programs through its active
participation in and operation of the World Youth Taekwondo Camp, which was
launched in 2009 as an annual event.

The WTF organizes three international referee selection and training camps
for the 2012 London Olympic Games. The first camp was held in Baku, Azerbaijan
on Jan. 14-17, and the second one took place in Guangzhou, China on March
2-5. The third camp will be held in Mexico City, Mexico on April 7-10, through
which the best 60 referees will be selected, who will officiate at the WTF world
and continental qualification tournaments for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
A final 30 referees will be selected for the taekwondo competition of the London
Olympic Games.

My firm conviction is that together, we can make it better.

What is your evaluation of the Taekwondo Peace Corps


activities and what role do you envision the Taekwondo Peace
Corps to play in the world in 2011?
The WTF Taekwondo Peace Corps (TPC) was established in 2008 to offer the WTF
member nations taekwondo development opportunities. The main focus of the TPC is
to bring the global youth positive values and discipline needed for a life of virtue and
honor. Furthermore, it offers a platform for young athletes to not only improve their
taekwondo skills, but to open their minds through cultural exchanges enhancing
their knowledge of the world so they will be able to foster peaceful coexistence in
the future.
Over the past three years, the WTF TPC has grown to be greatly prosperous in its
endeavor to spread the values and virtues offered by sport, so well: self-reflection,
discipline, confidence, courtesy, patience, self-control and respect for everyone.
So far a total of 418 taekwondo instructors have been dispatched as members
of the WTF TPC to 63 different countries around the world on six occasions to
teach the culture and virtues of taekwondo.

"Together, we can make it better."

The WTF TPC program will continue with a twice-a-year, short-term dispatch for
one to two months and expand it to mid- to long-term dispatch of instructors for six
months to two years, targeting more recipients and a larger number of countries.
I hope to dispatch more TPC members to countries, where refugee camps are
stationed, thus giving the youth hope and dreams.
For the proposed Sport Peace Corps, which involves all sports, I hope to work
more closely with the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee.

What do you think are the biggest positive changes to WTF


refereeing and judging?
Since I took the helm of the WTF in 2004, I have put top priority on ensuring fair
judging and refereeing at taekwondo competitions. The WTF has strengthened
its education of international referees, while establishing the Best Referee
awards. Furthermore, the use of a protector and scoring system (PSS),
formerly electronic body protectors, and an instant video replay system at
championships has greatly minimized controversy related to referee decisions.

What do you think are the major changes in taekwondo competition?


To make taekwondo competitions more action-packed and dynamic, while
securing the safety of athletes, the WTF has changed its Competition Rules based
on the opinions of experts.
Among the major changes to the Competition Rules were the reduction in the
competition area from 12 meters by 12 meters to 8 meters by 8 meters, and the
strengthening of a 10-second rule, under which a passive competitor receives a
warning from the referee.
A new scoring system was also adopted which grants competitors different
points according to their techniques applied and the areas attacked. The new
rule awards an athlete up to four points for a successful turning kick to the
head, making competitions greatly action-packed from the start to the end of the
matches.
The 2010 WTF World Taekwondo Tour, which was held in Moscow, Russia on Dec.
10, featured a five-member team competition between Korea and Russia with a
different competition format. The new format drew greatly exceptional attention
from both spectators and the international media. It will be something we will fully
implement into our team competitions in the future.

What role do you envision for the WTF liaison office in


Lausanne, Switzerland?
The office will be further expanded in the first half of 2011. The WTF will
make full use of its liaison office in Lausanne, Switzerland for a more
effective communication with the international sports community, including the
International Olympic Committee. Also, the Lausanne office serves as the base for
the successful launch of the WTF Global Membership System and the WTF
Mandatory International Athlete Licence in 2011.

Part 02

Pictorial
084 WTF Photo Contests
090 Competitions Photo Highlights
- 1st Youth Olympic Games
- Olympic Culture and Education Program
- 8th World Junior Taekwondo Championships
- 2nd World Para-Taekwondo Championships
- 2010 World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships
- 1st SportAccord Combat Games
- 5th World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships
- World Taekwondo Tour 2010 Moscow

WTF HOLDS SERIES OF PHOTO


CONTESTS TO PROMOTE IMAGE
OF TAEKWONDO
The first-prize winner was invited to the 2010 WTF World Cup Taekwondo
Team Championships in Urumqi, China on July 17-20, 2010.
Despite such a short period of preparations for the 1st WTF Photo Contest,
the event can be evaluated as a success and I expect the following WTF Photo
Contests will greatly help enhance the image of taekwondo and the WTF
around the world, said WTF President Chungwon Choue.
The WTF held the 2nd WTF Photo Contest on the occasion of the 2nd WTF
World Para-Taekwondo Championships on May 11, 2010 in St. Petersburg,
Russia. The theme of the 2nd Photo Contest was Taekwondo and the
Disabled.
The World Taekwondo Federation held a series of photo contests in 2010, thus
helping promote the image of taekwondo.
Mexicos Teodoro Guerrero Bonilla captured the top honors at the 1st WTF
Photo Contest. Another Mexican Jesus Zurita Salazar was selected as the
second-prize winner.
A 10-member WTF review board, including five outside experts, met at the
WTF headquarters on April 14 to thoroughly examine a final 40 out of a total of
121 photos submitted by 49 persons around the world between March 3 and
31.
The theme of the 1st WTF Photo Contest was The Spirit of Taekwondo and
the WTF received via online (www.wtf.org/photo) photos related to the World
Taekwondo Qualification Tournament for the 1st Youth Olympic Games and the
8th WTF World Junior Taekwondo Championships, both held in Tijuana, Mexico
from March 3-9.
Based on five categories for review by judges, the first-prize winner, Mr.
Bonilla, received the highest score of an average of 89.4 out of a maximum
100, compared with 77.6 for the second-prize winner, Mr. Salazar.

On July 14, the WTF announced the winners of the 2nd WTF Photo Contest.
Israels Noam Ofran, who serves as a photographer for the Israel Taekwondo
Federation, captured the top honors at the 2nd WTF Photo Contest. Spains
Jose M. Pujadas, who works as secretary general of the Spanish Taekwondo
Federation, was selected as the second-prize winner.
Mr. Ofran, the first-prize winner, received the highest score of 54 out of a
maximum 60, compared with 45 for the second-prize winner, Mr. Pujadas.
The WTF held the 3rd WTF Photo Contest on the occasion of the 2010 WTF
World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships on July 17-21, 2010 in Urumqi,
China. The theme of the 3rd Photo Contest was Taekwondo and World Peace.
During the World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships, the WTF held a photo
exhibition at the venue, displaying the winners of the 1st and 2nd WTF Photo
Contests.
Under the theme Taekwondo and Poomsae, the WTF held the 4th WTF
Photo Contest on the occasion of the 5th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae
Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Oct. 8-10, 2010.

1st WTF Photo Contest

1st WTF Photo Contest

Overview
The World Taekwondo Federation held the 1st WTF Photo Contest on the occasion of the World
Taekwondo Qualification Tournament for the 1st Youth Olympic Games and the 8th WTF World Junior
Taekwondo Championships on March 3-9, 2010 in Tijuana, Mexico. The purpose of the contest was
to further promote the understanding of taekwondo around the world.

Theme
The Spirit of Taekwondo (etiquette, self-discipline, fair play, friendship, etc.)

The picture was taken by Mexicos


Teodoro Guerrero Bonilla, who
captured the top honors at the 1st WTF
Photo Contest conducted between
March 3 and 31, 2010.

The picture was taken by Mexicos Jesus Zurita Salazar, who was selected as the secondplace winner at the 1st WTF Photo Contest conducted between March 3 and 31, 2010.

2nd WTF Photo Contest

2nd WTF Photo Contest

Overview
The World Taekwondo Federation held the 2nd WTF Photo Contest on the occasion of the 2nd WTF
World Para-Taekwondo Championships on May 11, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Theme
Taekwondo and the Disabled (etiquette, self-discipline, fair play, friendship, etc.)

The picture was taken by Israels Noam Ofran, who works as a photographer with the Israel
Taekwondo Federation, whose work was selected as the first-prize winner at the 2nd WTF Photo
Contest conducted between May 11 and 31, 2010.

The picture was taken by Spains Jose M. Pujadas, who serves as secretary general of the Spanish
Taekwondo Federation, whose work was selected as the second-prize winner at the 2nd WTF Photo
Contest conducted between May 11 and 31, 2010.

1st
YOUTH
OLYMPIC GAMES

OLYMPIC CULTURE
AND EDUCATION
PROGRAM

8th
WORLD
JUNIOR
TAEKWONDO
CHAMPIONSHIPS
PHOTO
HIGHLIGHTS

2nd
WORLD PARATAEKWONDO
CHAMPIONSHIPS

1st
SPORTACCORD
COMBAT GAMES

2010
WORLD
CUP
TAEKWONDO
TEAM
CHAMPIONSHIPS
PHOTO
HIGHLIGHTS

5th
WORLD
TAEKWONDO
POOMSAE
CHAMPIONSHIPS
PHOTO
HIGHLIGHTS

WORLD
TAEKWONDO TOUR
2010 MOSCOW
PHOTO
HIGHLIGHTS

Part 03

International
104 WTF Taekwondo Peace Corps
112 2nd World Youth Taekwondo Camp
114 WTF-KHU Partnership Taekwondo Training Program
116 WTF Anti-Doping Activities
120 New WTF Competition Rules
122 WTF Approves New Caledonia as 192nd Member Nation
124 WTF Global Membership System
125 WTF Global Athlete Licence
126 Continental Union Activities
142 Taekwondo to be Part of Commonwealth Games
144 Taekwondo Included in Masters Games
146 2nd West Asian Senior Taekwondo Championship
147 3rd Arab Taekwondo Championships Cup
148 2010 Francophone Taekwondo World Cup
149 IOC Solidarity Program for Taekwondo
150 WTF Regional Taekwondo Training Centers
152 Introduction to WTF Taekwondo Web TV
153 Taekwondo Park
154 WTF President Hosts Welcoming Dinner for Honduran President
160 Free Orphanage Taekwondo Training Program in Thailand
162 Taekwondo in Compulsory School Curriculum in Guatemala

to 63 different nations around the world on six occasions to teach the culture
and virtues of taekwondo. Each dispatched team is comprised of four competent
taekwondo university students: three taekwondo masters who are qualified for
taekwondo education and one person with proficient language skills to serve as an
interpreter.
Educational packages including training booklets, CDs, uniforms, and other
equipment were sent along with them to each region they were dispatched.
The WTF member national associations in each respective country offer
supplementary assistance including accommodation and transportation.
For the most underdeveloped countries, the WTF Taekwondo Peace Corps and its
contributors pay for all expenses necessary for service.
The WTF Taekwondo Peace Corps teams were warmly welcomed and appreciated
by their host countries. But above all, the Taekwondo Peace Corps presents an
opportunity and resources for their youth to enjoy, play, and share a vision of neverending hope, optimism, and confidence.

WTF Taekwondo Peace Corps


Gains Popularity
INTRODUCTION
The WTF Taekwondo Peace Corps was established in 2008 to offer the member
nations of the WTF taekwondo development opportunities and better serve
humanity.
The main focus of the Taekwondo Peace Corps is to bring the youth of the world
positive values and discipline needed for a life of virtue and honor.
Furthermore, it offers a platform for young athletes not only to improve their
taekwondo skills, but to open their minds through cultural exchanges enhancing
their knowledge of the world so they will be able to foster peaceful coexistence in
the future.
Modern history has shown that sport is not only a viable channel to be used to
broker peaceful exchanges between nations, but the very stage on which resolution
begins. Together in friendship and respect under the name of sport, and the
peoples of the world are able to work toward a goal of peace and hope.
These beliefs are the driving forces behind World Taekwondo Federation President
Dr. Chungwon Choues vision of a project of peace and development charged by
the world of sport.

BACKGROUND

They were provided with the tools for sound personal development and selfenhancement to curtail them from getting involved in youth delinquency, drugs,
alcohol, and violence.

Inspired by John F. Kennedys U.S. Peace Corps, Dr. Choue envisioned a Sport Peace
Corps, in which each sport of the world dispatched teams to deliver dreams as a
source of strength, peace as a path to follow, and the Olympic spirit to serve as a
guide.
Dr. Choue unveiled his vision at an international workshop in Leuven, Belgium in
2007 and again at a Peace and Sport forum in Monaco, later that year.
Implemented in 2008, the WTF Taekwondo Peace Corps began as a pilot program
for World Taekwondo Federation President Dr. Chungwon Choues proposal for a joint
UN and IOC Sport Peace Corps Program.
Since then, the program has been institutionalized by the creation of the World
Taekwondo Peace Corps Foundation in 2009.
Over the past three years, the WTF Taekwondo Peace Corps has grown to be greatly
prosperous in its endeavor to spread the values and virtues offered by sport, so well:
self-reflection, discipline, confidence, courtesy, patience, self-control, and respect for
everyone. From these, youth learn that there must be equality in humanity, no matter
of gender, religion, origin, or physical ability.
They learn the importance of maintaining their health. They learn that they must
contribute and help those in need, and to work together.
As of February 2011, a total of 418 taekwondo instructors have been dispatched

World Taekwondo Federation

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WTF TAEKWONDO
PEACE CORPS ACTIVITIES(SHORT-TERM)
Term Period of Dispatch
1st

July-August 2008

27 members, 7 teams in 5 countries


(China, Russia, Pakistan, India, Paraguay)

2nd

January February
2009

32 members, 8 teams in 8 countries


(Greece, Russia, Morocco, Bolivia, Uzbekistan, Egypt,
China, Kyrgyzstan)

3rd

July-August
2009

4th

Korean President Lee Myung-bak (center, front row) Poses with WTF President Chungwon Choue (4th from right)
and Taekwondo Peace Corps officials in a ceremony at Chung Wa Dae in Seoul, Korea on May 12, 2010.

FUTURE OF TAEKWONDO PEACE


CORPS

Special attention is being paid to additional works and uses the Taekwondo Peace
Corps can fulfill.

These pilot years have allowed for an expansion of horizons with this project.

Future objectives will be to expand humanitarian works for developing countries,


longer dispatch periods, and partnerships with other NGOs and international sports
organizations. Great focus will be put on countries in Africa as the WTF undertakes
its latest initiative, Taekwondo for all in Africa.

The Taekwondo Peace Corps program will continue with a twice-a-year, short-term
dispatch for one to two months and mid- to long-term dispatch of instructors for 6
months to two years, targeting more recipients and a larger number of countries.
Upon reporting the works of the Taekwondo Peace Corps and proposing once again
the goal of a joint U.N. and IOC Sport Peace Corps at the 2010 U.N.-IOC Forum in
Lausanne, Switzerland on May 21-22, 2010, the forum resolved the following:
To commend the achievements of the International Olympic Truce Foundation
in its endeavor to encourage the study of world peace and the creation of
progress in its pursuits; and in addition, the achievements of the World
Taekwondo Federation Sport Peace Corps in its successful outreach to young
people and its aims of building a better and more peaceful world; and to
advocate the consideration of its global expansion, in close cooperation with
key stakeholders, including the IOC, the UN, national and international sports
federations and NOCs, firmly believing that together, we have the ability to
promote global peace and harmony through sport.

Under the chairmanship of WTF President Chungwon Choue and the presidency
of Shinhan Investment Corp. Hyu-won Lee, the World Taekwondo Peace Corps
Foundation was established on Sept. 17, 2009 to further activate the WTF-initiated
Taekwondo Peace Corps activities.
For more efficient Taekwondo Peace Corps activities, Mr. Manseek Choe, executive
deputy secretary general of the WTF, was appointed as a vice president of the World
Taekwondo Peace Corps Foundation at the foundations board of directors meeting
in September 2010.
Since the launch of the foundation, more than 100 Taekwondo Peace Corps
members have been sent abroad in a single dispatch. As the first case of the
foundations mid-term dispatch program, 16 members were dispatched in eight
teams to seven countries in late 2010 for a period of between three months to six
months.

No. of Dispatched Members, Teams & Countries

5th

6th

48 members, 12 teams in 12 countries


(El Salvador, India, Isle of Man, Bhutan, Samoa,
Mexico, Mongolia, Nigeria, Poland, Angola, Philippines,
Azerbaijan)

January-February
2010

98 members, 27 teams in 24 countries


(Angola, D.R. Congo, Egypt, Cambodia, Iran, Laos,
Mongolia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Singapore, TimorLeste, Greece, Poland, Russia, New Zealand, Samoa,
Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay,
Puerto Rico, Surinam)

July-August
2010

110 members, 25 teams in 20 countries


(South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Madagascar,
Morocco, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Mongolia,
Thailand, Uzbekistan, Philippines, Belarus, Finland,
Sweden, Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Mexico,
Trinidad and Tobago)

January-February
2011

103 members, 25 teams in 25 countries


(Nepal, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Singapore,
Cambodia, Libya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Algeria,
Egypt, Cameroon, D.R. Congo, Tunisia, Greece, Russia,
Belarus, Sweden, Croatia, Tonga, Fiji, Dominican
Republic, El Salvador, Jamaica, Nicaragua)
418 members, 104 teams in 63 different countries

Total

Short-term members are dispatched abroad for less than two months.
WTF TAEKWONDO
PEACE CORPS ACTIVITIES (MID-TERM)
Term Period of Dispatch
1st

October 2010April 2011

No. of Dispatched Members, Teams & Countries


16 members, 8 teams in 7 countries
(Thailand, Philippines, Kazakhstan, Tanzania, Morocco,
Bulgaria, Papua New Guinea)

Mid-term members are dispatched abroad for more than three months and less
than 6 months.

The positive responses to the Taekwondo Peace Corps continue to mount as its
development expands.

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World Taekwondo Federation

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TAEKWONDO PEACE CORPS


Since 2008, a total of 418 members of the WTF Taekwondo Peace Corps, mostly taekwondo university students,
have been dispatched to 63 different countries on six occasions.

WTF PRESIDENT PROPOSES


CREATION OF SPORT PEACE
CORPS AT UN-IOC FORUM
IN LAUSANNE
WTF President Chungwon Choue proposed the creation
of the so-called Sport Peace Corps, together with the
United Nations, the International Olympic Committee
and the International Sports Federations, at the U.N.IOC Forum in Lausanne, Switzerland on May 22, 2010.
The Sport Peace Corps entails provisions of
comprehensive sport-related assistance to not only
underdeveloped countries, but any U.N.-assigned
areas, WTF President Choue said in his presentation
on the second day of the two-day forum at the Olympic
Museum Auditorium of the IOC Headquarters.
The forum drew such influential international sports
figures as IOC President Jacques Rogge; Mr. Wilfried
Lemke, special adviser to the UNSG on sport for
development and peace; Mr. Christophe de Kepper,
IOC chief of staff; Mr. Phil Craven, president of the
International Paralympic Committee; and Mr. Hein
Verbruggen, president of SportAccord.

participants, the assistance includes providing


equipment, and skills and training for local athletes and
coaches for any Olympic sport in countries in need.
This gives hopes and dreams to the young people who
are deprived of the opportunity to learn while promoting
friendship, peace and understanding through sport and
interpersonal interactions.
All of these efforts will be done at the same time as
sharing the Olympic spirit and the United Nations
aspirations for peace, he continued.
I am encouraged by the initiation of this program,
and I know that it can be expanded by collaborative
efforts between the United Nations and the IOC, Dr.
Choue said. I have shared the successes of the pilot
WTF Taekwondo Peace Corps, and my vision of a Sport
Peace Corps both with IOC President Rogge and U.N.
Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. As steps by both
organizations move toward such cooperative work, I
can see my vision becoming a reality.

The forum participants adopted a 10-point


recommendation, in which they especially commended
the achievements of the WTF in its successful
outreach to young people and its aims of building
a better and more peaceful world; and to advocate
the consideration of its global expansion, in close
cooperation with key stakeholders, including the IOC,
the UN, national and international sports federations
and NOCs, firmly believing that together, we have the
ability to promote global peace and harmony through
sport.

He continued, The world needs help and hope. They


need pride and a sense of integrity. It is true that
clothes are needed. Houses, food, and money are
needed. But more than anything else, the world needs
dreams to dream and goals to reach for. Taekwondo
and the WTF are doing their parts to bring these
dreams. But more can be done. The United Nations
and the IOC together with International Federations can
build a coalition, a Sport Peace Corps to deliver all of
these things.

Under the topic Sports Diplomacy: The WTF


Experience, WTF President Choue told the forum

Dr. Choue was the first IF head to make a presentation


at the U.N.-IOC Forum.

WTF President Choue started his speech by saying,


The weight of sport as a catalyst for peace and
harmony can never be underestimated. Sport has the
power to bring people together, bridge difference, and
promote communication and understanding.

of the world dispatched teams to deliver


to them dreams as a source of strength,
peace as a path to follow, and the
Olympic spirit to serve as a guide, Dr.
Choue said.

The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service


of the harmonious development of man, with a view to
promoting a peaceful and better world, he continued.
The IOC is assigned this mission to promote this
Olympic ideal throughout the world and lead the
Olympic Movement with the concerted, organized,
universal and permanent action inspired by the
Olympic values.

WTF President Choue first unveiled his


dream of a Sport Peace Corps in 2007 at
an international workshop on sports and
peace in Leuven, Belgium, and in Monte
Carlo, Monaco at an international Peace
and Sport forum in December 2007.
He continued his call for a Sport Peace
Corps in 2008 at the 6th IOC World
Forum on Sport, Education and Culture in
Busan, Korea.

One effective way to do so is utilizing its network


of relations with the sport-related institutions, such
as National Olympic Committees, International
Federations, NGOs, and the sports industry, and the
U.N. organizations, Dr. Choue said. Considering
that the U.N. and the IOC share common ground in
their ultimate goals, together they have the ability to
dramatically promote peace and harmony throughout
the world by means of sport.
He said, The WTF is a model of this as members of
our very own Council from Israel and Iran believe in
putting aside political differences and sitting together
in friendship and respect under the name of sport, and
work toward a goal of peace and hope. These beliefs
are the driving forces behind my vision of a project of
peace and development charged by the world of sport.
Inspired by John F. Kennedys U.S. Peace Corps, I
envisioned a Sport Peace Corps, in which each sport

The WTF implemented in the summer of


2008 the WTF Taekwondo Peace Corps
as a pilot program. To further activate the program, the WTF launched the World
Taekwondo Peace Corps Foundation in September 2009.
The WTF member national associations in each respective country offered
supplementary assistance including accommodation and transportation, WTF
President Choue said in his presentation. For the most underdeveloped countries,
the WTF Taekwondo Peace Corps and its contributors pay for all expenses necessary
for service.
He evaluated the Taekwondo Peace Corps program as a great success by saying,
The Taekwondo Peace Corps teams were warmly welcomed and appreciated by the
host nations. But above all, the Taekwondo Peace Corps presented an opportunity
and resources for their youth to enjoy and play, and share a vision of never-ending
hope, optimism and confidence. They were provided with the tools for sound
personal development and self-enhancement to curtail them from getting involved in
youth delinquency, drugs, alcohol and violence.

These pilot years have allowed us to expand our horizons with this project. The
Taekwondo Peace Corps will continue with a twice-a-year, short-term dispatch for
two months, and a long-term dispatch of instructors for six months to two years,
targeting more recipients and a larger number of countries, Dr. Choue said.
The project will be expanded worldwide, based in as many countries as possible
and incorporating qualified taekwondo instructors of different nationalities. The
expansion will be founded on a close consultation with the WTF member
national associations around the globe.
The successes have been many and put forth an example
for International Federations, the IOC and the U.S. the
endless possibilities for a full-fledged Sport Peace
Corps, WTF President Choue said. Based on our
experience, I propose moving forward in developing
the Sport Peace Corps program to expand the
initiative globally. I call on all International
Federations, the IOC and U.N. institutions,
as well as all networks of relations and
sponsors to band together in
making this a reality.

2nd WORLD YOUTH TAEKWONDO


CAMP WRAPS UP IN GREAT
SUCCESS
The 2nd World Youth Taekwondo Camp, which took place in Seoul and Muju, Korea
on July 26-31, 2010, was a great success for good reasons.
The annual camp, jointly organized by the World Takwondo Federation and the
Taekwondo Promotion Foundation, drew 272 young taekwondo athletes and officials
from 26 countries.
The objectives of the camp were to promote and spread the spirits and values
of taekwondo among the youth around the world, to promote Olympic values,
excellence, respect and friendship combined with environmental friendliness, and
safe nature through training, and to encourage cultural exchange and understanding
of diverse cultures among the participants.
The second edition of the camp was highlighted with the Creed of Taekwondo
Practitioners established by the Olympic Values Education Program (OVEP) in
2009 to encourage the young athletes to keep both body and mind strong and lead
a righteous life, to serve parents and love family, to respect the people including
teachers and elders and to be faithful to friends, to help neighbors, to serve the
country and community, and to live in harmony with nature and contribute to peace
and prosperity of the mankind.
The camp mainly focused on training with experts and professors of kyorugi and
poomsae rather than competitions compared with the 1st camp in 2009. The
participants showed high interest in the special kyorugi and poomsae training
sessions.
There was a time for the participants to perform their countries unique

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characteristics using their special costumes and musical instruments, while the
participants had a meaningful time with foreign friends to build friendship and unity
through the performances and cultural exchanges.
The six-day camp started with the opening ceremony in Seoul on July 26 and
then moved to Muju, North Jeolla Province on July 27 for various programs for the
participating athletes. On July 30, the athletes moved back to Seoul.
The opening ceremony of the camp was held at the Grand Hilton Hotel in western
Seoul on July 26, with the attendance of such VIPs as Mr. Phillip Coles, a member of
the International Olympic Committee from Australia and WTF vice president; Mr. Daeki Kim, 2nd vice minister of culture, sports and tourism of Korea; and Grandmaster
Won-sik Kang, new president of the Kukkiwon.
At the opening ceremony, Mr. Dai-soon Lee, chairman of the Taekwondo Promotion
Foundation and vice president of the WTF, and WTF President Chungwon Choue
delivered their respective welcoming speech for the participants.
To commemorate the 2nd World Youth Taekwondo Camp, IOC President Jacques
Rogge sent a congratulatory message, which was read for the participants.
Welcome to the 2nd edition of the World Youth Taekwondo Camp. For a week
in Seoul and Muju, you will be experiencing a unique atmosphere just like the
champions you watch on television. You will have the opportunity not only to make
progress in your sport every day through training courses, but also to meet some
Olympic champions who will share with you their experiences and even their
techniques, the message read.

Maybe we will see some of you on the international


sporting stage. Perhaps some of you will become
tomorrows Olympic athletes in London in 2012 or
in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 or beyond, IOC President
Rogge said. This Camp will also help you learn about
the Olympic values, discover other cultures and share
friendships with young people from all around the
world. I would like to thank the World Taekwondo
Federation and the Takwondo Promotion Foundation for
organizing such a commendable camp for the second
year.

Youth Olympic Games were


created. We want to share hopes,
dreams and joy. We want to give
pride and identification to every
citizen of every nation, the IOC
member said. To the athletes:
I hope that you precious young
people have a joyful learning
experience to take home with you
that you will never forget.

TPF Chairman Lee said in his welcoming speech,


This camp will serve as a scene of festivity where
you can put into practice taekwondo and Olympic
spirits of paying respect to, and having concern for
your opponents. Finally, we also hope that you can
enhance friendships through cultural exchange with
others from all across the globe.
Mr. Lee continued to say, Throughout the camp,
I expect you to act upon the Taekwondo Practitioners
Creed, established in the 2009 WTF Olympic Values
Education Program Forum. Carrying on the spirit
of the Five Commandments of Hwarang, the guiding
ethos for Korean youths in the Silla era of 1,500 years
ago, the Taekwondo Practitioners Creed reads as
follows: First, build myself both physically and mentally
to lead a righteous life. Second, be devoted to my
parents and love my family. Third, respect teachers and
elders and stay loyal to my friends. Fourth, serve the
local community and demonstrate my allegiance to my
country. Fifth, preserve nature and contribute to the
peace and prosperity of mankind.

Corps in 2008 and the World Youth Taekwondo Camp


in 2009, WTF President Choue said. These programs
give hopes and dreams. They offer the promise of
opportunity and a chance for pursuit of a brighter
future.
IOC Member Phillip Coles also gave his congratulatory
remarks during the opening ceremony.
Not too long ago, Dr. Jacques Rogge, president of the
International Olympic Committee, attended the opening
ceremony of the Olympic Youth Development Center in
Zambia, Mr. Coles said.

WTF President Choue said in his welcoming speech,


The key objectives of the camp are to provide
the youth of the world with high-level training and
education on taekwondo skills and its philosophy
and spirit. All of this will help them lead a healthy life,
physically and spiritually.

During his address at the event, President Rogge said


as follows: Sport strengthens the body and the mind,
integrates people into society and teaches respect for
rules. It brings hope, it brings a dream, and it brings
joy. And for the nation, it allows for identification and
lots of pride, Mr. Coles told the young taekwondo
athletes.

The World Taekwondo Federation hopes to offer


more opportunities to all of the youth of the world. To
accomplish this, we launched the Taekwondo Peace

There is a lot of power behind President Rogges


words. They are at the heart of what the Olympic
Movement is about. These very ideals are why the

On behalf of Korean Culture,


Sports and Tourism Minister
In-chon Yu, Vice Minister Dae-ki
Kim delivered a congratulatory
message during the opening ceremony.
Especially, the start of the full-scale Taekwondo Park
construction where the World Youth Taekwondo Camp
will be held from 2013, adds a special meaning to this
years event and I hope this taekwondo fiesta would
lay ground work for true taekwondo globalization, Mr.
Kim said.
New Kukkiwon President also delivered a message, in
which he said, Through the camp programs, express
your hidden passions and experience multi-culture
with taekwondo friends from various nations. Open and
develop yourself to the global cultures and find yourself
growing to the excellent taekwondo.
On July 27, the camp participants moved to Muju
to attend special lectures and taekwondo training
sessions.

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WTF-KHU PARTNERSHIP
TAEKWONDO TRAINING
PROGRAM GAINING POPULARITY
A taekwondo training program, jointly organized by the World Taekwondo Federation
and Kyung Hee University in Korea for coaches and athletes mostly in less developed
countries, is gaining growing popularity among the WTFs 192 member national
associations.
The WTF-KHU Partnership Taekwondo Training Program dates back to 2005, when
15 coaches and 20 athletes from 26 countries participated in the program.

Sparring
Coach
May 3 May 28

Sparring
Athletes
June 28 July 23

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No.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

Nation
South Africa
Luxembourg
Israel
Libya
Guatemala

Name
Yu-Chiang WU
Andrea Di iulio
Eldar Kuliev
Beit-elmal Mohamed shaban
Hector Cazaliguzman
Jose Antonio Reyes
Dominican Republic
Luz Betania Sena
Trinidad & Tobago Stokely Christian Clarke
U.S.A.
Anthony Yong Nguyen

Sex
M
M
M
M
M
M
F
M
M

10 Poland

Robert Kantorysinski

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19

Aline Vieria de Oliveira


Mai Katase
Boris Lieskovsky
Kimberly Meli
Ivan Boskin
Uladislau Stsefanovich
Yu-Feng WU
Yu-Tai WU
Kevin NA
Joseph Jinbum HO
Jethro Chingosho
Yojaira Diaz
Loay Al-Mahrami
Musab Al-Maharmi
Mohamed Al-Hasani
Issa Al-Muharmi
Mohamad Elshawesh
Zsolt Mate
Anand Pandia Rajan

F
F
M
F
M
M
M
M
M
M
M
F
M
M
M
M
M
M
M

Brazil
Japan
Slovak Republic
Malta
Belarus
Belarus
South Africa
South Africa
Guam
Guam
Zimbabwe
Dominican Republic
Oman
Oman
Oman
Oman
Libya
Hungary
India

In 2006, 22 coaches and 12 athletes from 34 countries participated in the joint


program, compared with 25 coaches and 19 athletes from 40 countries in 2007,
and 19 coaches and 6 athletes from 23 countries in 2008.
In 2009, the program attracted 18 coaches and 11 athletes from 26 countries, while
a total of 27 coaches and 32 athletes from 28 countries participated in the program.

No.
1
2
3
4
5
6
Poomsae 7
8
Coach
Oct. 4 9
Oct. 30
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
1
2
3

Nation
Sudan
Sudan
Gabon
Nigeria
India
England
Malaysia
Hungary
Belarus
Oman
Oman
Oman
Oman
Oman
Oman
Libya
Vietnam
Panama
Croatia
Japan

4
Poomsae
Athletes
Nov. 22 Dec. 18

Russia

6
7

Guatemala

8
9
10
Uzbekistan
11
12
13

Name
Nasir Elzbair Elzubair
Hessien Agar Zeet
Oye Adzabe NOEL
Cassy Kuba
Abhishek Dubey
Ali Hassanalipour
Lau Choo Boon
Gergo MaTe
Yauheni Plashkou
Said Al-Maharmi
Nasser Al SawaI
Sulaiman Al-Hinai
Kamal Al-Busaidy
Adil Al-Hinai
Jasim Al Rashdi
Ali Hussin Alshwihdi
Huy Thanh Nguyen
Olmedo Enrique Gomez
Ivan Kaic
Tatsuya Inove
Elena Alexandrovna
Khakhalina
Maria Alexandrovna
Shabanova
Victoria Sergeevna Timonina
David Alejandro Siliezar
Marroquin
Sattorov Zafar
Kim Marina
Dergach Irina
Li Aleksandr
Khodosov Ivan
Shermukhamedovo Nodira

Sex
M
M
M
M
M
M
F
M
M
M
M
M
M
M
M
M
M
M
M
M
F
F
F
M
M
F
F
M
M
F

WTF-KHU PARTNERSHIP TAEKWONDO


TRAINING PROGRAM (2005-2010)
Year
Coaches
Athletes
Countries
Total

2005
15
20
26
35

2006
22
12
34
34

2007
25
19
40
44

2008
19
6
23
25

2009
18
11
26
29

2010
27
32
28
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WTF STEPS UP ANTI-DOPING


ACTIVITIES
The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) has strengthened its anti-doping efforts
over the past several years.

WTF ANNOUNCES 2011 RTP


ATHLETES LIST AND SELECTION
CRITERIA
On Dec. 18, 1990, the world Taekwondo Federation accepted the World Anti-Doping
Code and enacted the WTF Anti-Doping Rules. The Anti-Doping Rules were adopted and
implemented in conformance with the WTFs responsibilities under the Code, and are in
furtherance of the WTFs continuing efforts to eradicate doping in the sport of taekwondo.

In addition to the compliance with the WADA code and standard in out-ofcompetition doping tests and online filing of athletes whereabouts information on
the official WADA Web site, the WTF has continuously expanded its anti-doping
education for its member national associations.

In this regard, the WTF shall have responsibility of every member national association
(MNA) to ensure that all national-level testing on the MNAs athletes comply with these
Anti-Doping Rules. The WTF should provide the athletes daily whereabouts information
required that is going to be used by ADOs such as the WADA, IF and NADOs to locate the
athletes for the purpose of Out-of-Competition Testing.

A total of 64 athletes, 32 males and 32 females, were requested to file their


whereabouts information on ADAMS at WADA Web site for every quarter by no later
than the last day of the previous quarter for any possible out-of-competition doping
tests by WADA, WTF and NADOs (National Anti-Doping Agencies).

The WTF established the following basic principles for the appropriate criteria for
inclusion of athletes in a Registered Testing Pool (RTP) in 2010:

The list of these athletes, which is called Registered Testing Pool (RTP), is made
based on the WTF World Ranking in respective male and female division of the
previous year. They are required to input their location information on one-hour
time slot.

- No. of athletes in RTP: total 64 athletes (32 male and 32 female athletes)
- The top four (4) athletes in each weight category respectively for male and female
division based on WTF World Ranking as of Jan. 1, 2010
- 2010 RTP athletes list goes into effect from April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011

If athletes on RTP do not fulfill the online filing requirement as requested, they
receive "Notices on Filing Failure." If they are not at the place where they file on
ADAMS when any of the ADOs (Anti-Doping Organizations such as WADA, IFs,
NADOs) go there for the out-of-competition doping tests, they receive "Notices
on Missed Tests." Three times Filing Failures and/or Missed Tests during any
18-month period are equivalent to one-time anti-doping rule violation, which would
lead to athletes ineligibility to compete.
Besides this cooperation with WADA in the field of anti-doping management
among top international athletes, the WTF has continued anti-doping education
among coaches and leaders of national teams at major international taekwondo
championships. It started anti-doping education at the head of team meetings of
WTF-promoted championships in 2009 and expanded the education to continental
level in 2010.
Anti-doping education was conducted in cooperation with NADOs or RADO
(Regional Anti-Doping Organization with WADA): on March 2, 2010 at the Head
of Team Meeting of the 2010 WTF World Junior Taekwondo Championships and
Qualification Tournament for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Tijuana, Mexico;
on May 10, 2010 at the Head of Team Meeting of the 2010 European Senior
Taekwondo Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia; on Nov. 23, 2010 at the
Joint Technical Meeting for 2010 African Taekwondo Championships and African
Junior Taekwondo Championships in Tripoli, Libya; on Dec. 3, 2010 at the General
Assembly of the Oceania Taekwondo Union on the occasion of the 2010 Oceania
Taekwondo Championships in Noumea, New Caledonia; and on Dec. 8, 2010 at
the Head of Team Meeting of the 2010 Pan Am Taekwondo Championships in
Monterrey, Mexico.

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Selection method for 2011 RTP is as follows:


- No. of athletes in RTP: 64 athletes (32 male and 32 female athletes)
- First pool of 80 athletes consisting of top five (5) ranking athletes in each weight
category respectively for male and female division based on WTF World Ranking as of
Jan. 1, 2011
- Selection of 64 athletes (32 male and 32 female athletes) from the first pool: top four
(4) athletes in each weight category for male and female division all through the year
2010
- 2011 RTP athlete list goes into effect on April 1, 2011 till March 31, 2012

Anti-doping education at the Asian Taekwondo Championships in Kazakhstan could


not take place due to time pressure and the difficulty to find education experts from
nearby country.
The WTF plans to conduct an anti-doping education directly for athletes in 2011
by organizing an athlete outreach program at the 2011 WTF World Taekwondo
Championships scheduled for May 1-6, 2011 in Gyeongju, Korea to raise the
awareness of the importance of anti-doping effort and anti-doping activities of
the WTF among taekwondo athletes. As part of its efforts, the WTF dispatched its
anti-doping coordinator to the WADAs Athlete Outreach Booth during the 2010
Guangzhou Asian Games as a volunteer.
Meanwhile, the number of out-of-competition doping tests initiated by the WTF was
more than tripled in 2010 in comparison with that of 2009. The WTF will continue
to solidify its cooperation with WADA through its active participation in WADAs
Anti-Doping Organization Symposium. For the sake of the safety of its athletes, the
WTF participated in the WADA symposium in 2010 and plans to do so in 2011 and
afterwards.

COMPARISON OF 2010 RTP LIST AND 2011 RTP LIST


Pan America

Asia

Africa

Europe

Total

Number of
nations

Number of
athletes

Number of
nations

Number of
athletes

Number of
nations

Number of
athletes

Number of
nations

Number of
athletes

Number of
nations

Number of
athletes

2010

10

23

12

19

25

64

2011

11

26

19

24

64

World Taekwondo Federation

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2011 WTF REGISTRATION TESTING POOL
(Valid from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012)

No.

First Name

Family Name

Nationality

Category

Gender

No.

First Name

Family Name

Nationality

Category

Gender

KATIA

ARAKAKI

BRAZIL

F-46

Female

34

TAEJIN

SON

KOREA

M-68

Male

YVETTE

YONG

CANADA

F-46

Female

35

SUJEONG

LIM

KOREA

F-62

Female

KARINE

SERGERIE

CANADA

F-62

Female

36

KYUNGSEON

HWANG

KOREA

F-67

Female

SEBASTIEN

MICHAUD

CANADA

M-80

Male

37

MOHAMED

TLISH SALEM

LIBYA

M-58

Male

FRANCOIS

COULOMBE-FORTIER

CANADA

M-87

Male

38

GUILLERMO

PEREZ

MEXICO

M-58

Male

JINGYU

WU

CHINA

F-49

Female

39

MARIA DEL ROSARIO

ESPINOZA

MEXICO

F-73

Female

YUZHUO

HOU

CHINA

F-57

Female

40

JANETE

ALEGRIA PENA

MEXICO

F-49

Female

YING YING

HAN

CHINA

F-73

Female

41

ALFONSO

VICTORIA ESPINOZA

MEXICO

M-63

Male

JIE

LEI

CHINA

F-53

Female

42

SANAA

ATABROUR

MOROCCO

F-49

Female

10

YUN FEI

GUO

CHINA

F-67

Female

43

LAMYA

BEKKALI

MOROCCO

F-53

Female

11

PEI HUA

TSENG

CHINESE TAIPEI

F-57

Female

44

WIAM

DISLAM

MOROCCO

F73+

Female

12

CHEN YANG

WEI

CHINESE TAIPEI

M-58

Male

45

PETER

LOPEZ

PERU

M-68

Male

13

KRISTOPHER

MOITLAND

COSTA RICA

M87+

Male

46

ANASTASIA

BARYSHNIKOVA

RUSSIA

F-73

Female

14

JEAN NOEL

OBOU SERI

COTE D'IVOIRE

M-63

Male

47

ROMAN

KUZNETSOV

RUSSIA

M87+

Male

15

SHERIF

SHAABAN WASFY

EGYPT

M-54

Male

48

BINETA

DIEDHIOU

SENEGAL

F-57

Female

16

SEHAM

EL SAWALHY

EGYPT

F-67

Female

49

JOEL

GONZALEZ BONILLA

SPAIN

M-58

Male

17

GWLADYS

EPANGUE

FRANCE

F-73

Female

50

NICOLAS

GARCIA HEMME

SPAIN

M-80

Male

18

SARAH

STEVENSON

GREAT BRITAIN

F-67

Female

51

BRIGITTE

YAGUE ENRIQUE

SPAIN

F-49

Female

19

BIANCA

WALKDEN

GREAT BRITAIN

F73+

Female

52

ESTEFANIA

HERNANDEZ GARCIA

SPAIN

F-62

Female

20

AARON

COOK

GREAT BRITAIN

M-80

Male

53

ROSANA

SIMON

SPAIN

F73+

Female

21

MEISAM

BAGHERI

IRAN

M-54

Male

54

BUTTREE

PUEDPONG

THAILAND

F-46

Female

22

REZA

NADERIAN

IRAN

M-63

Male

55

SARITA

PHONGSRI

THAILAND

F-53

Female

23

MOHAMMAD

MOTAMED BAGHERI

IRAN

M-68

Male

56

DHUNYANUN

PREMWHEW

THAILAND

F-62

Female

24

ALIREZA

NASR AZADANY

IRAN

M-74

Male

57

CHUTCHAWAL

KHAWLAOR

THAILAND

M-54

Male

25

YOUSEF

KARAMI

IRAN

M-87

Male

58

REMZI

BASAKBUGDAY

TURKEY

M-54

Male

26

SAMANEH

SHESHPARI

IRAN

F-53

Female

59

CEM

ULUGNUYAN

TURKEY

M-63

Male

27

FARZAD

ABDOLAHI

IRAN

M-74

Male

60

SERVET

TAZEGUL

TURKEY

M-68

Male

28

KOUROSH

RAJOLY

IRAN

M-87

Male

61

RUKIYE

YILDIRIM

TURKEY

F-46

Female

29

HOSSEIN

TAJIK

IRAN

M87+

Male

62

RIDVAN

BAYGUT

TURKEY

M-74

Male

30

BAT-EL

GATTERER

ISRAEL

F-57

Female

63

DIMITRIY

KIM

UZBEKISTAN

M-74

Male

31

MAURO

SARMIENTO

ITALY

M-80

Male

64

EVGENIYA

KARIMOVA

UZBEKISTAN

F73+

Female

32

CARLO

MOLFETTA

ITALY

M-87

Male

33

ARMAN

CHILMANOV

KAZAKHSTAN

M87+

Male

(Alphabetic order of the country name)

SAY NO! TO DOPING

1 point

2 points

3 points

4 points

WTF COMPETITION RULES


CHANGED IN 2010

The World Taekwondo Federation changed its Competition Rules in 2010 as part of
its efforts to make taekwondo competitions more entertaining and fair.
Following the introduction of the protector and scoring system (PSS), formerly
electronic body protectors, and the instant video replay (IVR) system, together
with the graduated point system at the 2009 WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team
Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan in June 2009, the WTF has elaborated its related
rules based on the evaluation of the use of these two systems at the WTF-promoted
championships.
At the WTF General Assembly in Tijuana, Mexico on March 2, 2010, amendments to
the WTF Competition Rules were approved as proposed.
Among the major changes were as follows. The duration of a contest became flexible
in consideration of the need to change the competition format. The duration of each
round may be adjusted to 1 minute or 1 minute 30 seconds upon the decision of
the Technical Delegate for the pertinent Championships while the basic duration of
contest remains the same as three rounds of two minutes each, with a one-minute
rest period between rounds, and with the sudden-death round in case of a tie after
the third round. And it was also made clear that the valid turn in case of valid turning
kick and valid attacks by fist should be scored by judges.

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In regard to the use of the PSS, the referee shall reserve the right to give Gamjeom to the pertinent contestant and shall reserve the right to declare the violating
athlete as the loser by penalty based on the degree of seriousness of the violation in
the event that the referee finds intentional manipulation.
As per the instant video replay, amendments made in Tijuana also stipulated that
instant video replay cannot be requested for the areas scored by the transmitter in
the electronic trunk protector and the scope of instant video replay request is limited
to the only one action which has occurred within five (5) seconds from the moment
of the coachs request; Once the coach raises the blue or red card to request for
instant video replay, it will be considered that the coach has used his/her allocated
appeal under any circumstance; A request after the end of the round shall not be
accepted except in the case of a sudden-death round.
There is no limit for a coach to request for IVR per athlete all through the
championships as far as the request is accepted. A coach could not request for IVR
any longer in case the IVR request for the pertinent athlete was rejected three times
all through the championships. Amendments in Tijuana changed this limit to two
from three with the Technical Delegates authority to further reduce this number to
one in consideration of the size of the championships.

At the extraordinary WTF General Assembly in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Oct. 7,


2010 on the occasion of the 2010 WTF World Taewondo Poomsae Championships,
proposal for amendment to the Kyorugi Competition Rules was passed with several
changes to the proposal.
In case Continental Unions or Member National Associations organize international
taekwondo competitions without compliance with the WTF Competition Rules, the
WTF may not approve or withdraw its approval of the championships and also
take disciplinary measures to the pertinent Continental Union or Member National
Association, according to the new rules.
Coaches are not allowed to stand up or move out of the coachs zone at the time
of requesting for instant video replay during the match. Otherwise, the referee shall
give Kyong-go (warning) to the coach.
The new rules clearly stipulates the age of athletes -15 years old or higher- in
addition to the existing provision of "holder of Kukkiwon Dan," which is given to
those who are 15 years old or higher.
The rules passed in Tashkent provides more flexibility to the duration of contest,
enabling to conduct the match in 1 minute x 3 rounds, 1 minute 30 seconds x 3
rounds or 2 minutes x 2 rounds upon the decision of the Technical Delegate for
the pertinent Championships in addition to the basic duration of three rounds of
2 minutes with a sudden-death round in case of a tie after completion of the 3rd
round.

As per valid turning kick to the head, the judges shall score valid points and valid
turn according to the new rules in Tashkent. In case of valid turning kick to the head,
four (4) points shall be given, including one (1) additional point for turning. Additional
one (1) point shall be given only in case of falling down due to legitimate attack with
valid point. In case of a tie in deciding the superiority in 4-judge competition, the
referee shall have the casting vote. In decision of the match result, win by point gap
shall be declared in case the point gap between two athletes is 12 points. Thus the
point system in the latest rules is as follows:
- One (1) point for valid attack to the trunk protector
- Two (2) points for valid turning kick to the trunk protector
- Three (3) points for valid kick to the head
- Four (4) points for valid turning kick to the head
The Competition Rules passed in Tashkent stipulates that the quota for coachs
instant video replay requests per athlete all through the championships shall be
decided by the Technical Delegate from one (1) to three (3) in consideration of the
size and level of the championships. Protest after the match is not allowed while the
protest after the match still exists in competitions where instant video replay is not
used.
New Kyorugi Competition Rules in Tashkent took into effect immediately, but the WTF
allowed Organizing Committees of the international competitions to apply the old
rules before Tashkent to the championships held until the end of 2010. New Kyorugi
Competition Rules can be seen or downloaded at the WTF Web site www.wtf.org.
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APPROVES NEW CALEDONIA
AS 192nd MEMBER NATION,
PASSES NEW STATUTES,
COMPETITION RULES

New Caledonia

The World Taekwondo


Federation approved
New Caledonia as its
192nd member national
association at its General
Assembly in Tashkent,
Uzbekistan on Oct. 7,
2010.

With the WTF General


Assemblys approval,
Burundi became a full
member of the WTF and Macau was granted a full member status in
recognition of its contribution to the development of the WTF.
The General Assembly unanimously approved the proposed
amendment to the WTF Rules and Regulations, the proposed
amendment to the WTF Competition Rules, and the proposed
amendment to the Rules on Organization and Operation of
International Taekwondo Championships.
Among the major changes to the WTF Rules and Regulations were the
change of the name of the WTF Rules and Regulations into the WTF
Statutes, the deletion of the Executive Committee, and the increase in
the number of WTF Council members from 32 to 35.
Some additions were made in the areas concerning the WTF missions
and objectivities, the WTF activities and resources, the intellectual
property, the Host City Agreement, the sanctions and dispute
resolution.
The amendment is to rationalize the organization and further clarify
the definitions to make it easier for all member national associations
to understand. It is also to set the foundation for greater cooperation
among the member national associations, Continental Unions
and the WTF by providing for more structured channels for better
communication in a comprehensive and coordinated way, said WTF
President Chungwon Choue shortly after the approval of the WTF
Statutes at the General Assembly.

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After the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, significant progress in


taekwondo competition has been brought by introducing the protector
and scoring system, the world ranking system, and the instant video
replay system. Now we have stepped forward to improve again our
sport through rule changes to meet the global standard as an Olympic
sport, WTF President Choue said.
Todays General Assembly has been very fruitful. I believe the path
that the WTF is heading toward has been set and it will be of great
success. There is no doubt that when our family come together
as one, all things are possible to accomplish, Choue said in his
concluding remarks at the General Assembly.
As one, we must remain united in our endeavors to become a
permanent fixture in the Olympic program. Also, we have worked very
hard to open our sport up to everyone, even those who have special
physical needs. We must continue to hold our attention in giving those
athletes a chance to have their moments in the Olympic light.
We have accomplished so much together. We must continue to build
on our achievements. There is so much that we have to offer the
world, and they are in need of it, Choue said.
Mr. Abdulla Nigmatovich Aripov, vice prime minister of the Republic of
Uzbekistan, attended the General Assembly to deliver a congratulatory
message on behalf of His Excellency Islam Karimov, president of the
Republic of Uzbekistan. Mr. Won Sik Kang, president of the Kukkiwon,
also attended the meeting to make a speech for the participants in
the General Assembly.

WTF LAUNCHES GLOBAL


MEMBERSHIP SYSTEM
There are tens of millions of taekwondo practitioners around the globe, making
taekwondo one of the most practiced martial art sports in the world. The objective of
the Global Membership System is to know better the practitioners around the world,
establish an attractive communication with all of them and reinforce the image of
taekwondo as a global sport.
It is also to support their excellence in training and help establish professional
marketing plans. Every member national association (MNA) should remain as it
always has been a leading force to build up the practitioners base. The WTF, as
the international sport-governing body, wants to coordinate the efforts to efficiently
implement a global membership program that should benefit all the MNAs,
Continental Unions and ultimately the worldwide expansion of taekwondo.
The WTF GMS allows for the WTF member countries and their registered states/
regions, dojangs (clubs) to manage up-to-the-minute membership information on
their members. Each members card will include a unique membership number that
with internet access connects directly to the members online real-time profile in the
WTF GMS.
Every individual will receive a Global Membership Card issued by the WTF that
shows the logos of the MNA, Continental Unions and WTF. Application form for Global
Membership can be made only through member national associations of the WTF.
The WTF hopes to capitalize on this number by providing an all-in-one membership
management system to its member national associations to manage their members.

The WTF has officially launched the online system on Feb. 14, 2011. Three Member
National Associations - Bermuda, Bolivia and Iran - are the first group of MNAs to
join the system from Feb. 14, 2011 and it is expected that more MNAs will join as
they see the benefits from the Global Membership.

WTF INTRODUCES MANDATORY


GLOBAL ATHLETE LICENCE
FOR INTERNATIONAL ATHLETES

Thanks to the economy of scale by providing the system at a global level, the cost
per annual individual membership to be covered by MNAs will be kept to a minimum
low and will still allow WTF to reallocate the largest part of this amount to the
development of the sport.
Profit generated from the WTF GMS will go toward the development and growth of
taekwondo around the world and will help increase the level of competition among
taekwondo participants by providing resources and opportunities to the developing
nations that otherwise would not be able to compete in taekwondo events around
the world.
The WTF GMS funds will also support the development of worldwide taekwondo
centers aiming at helping taekwondo athletes worldwide increase their competitive
level through professional training.
The WTF has been working closely with HangAStar in the development of the WTF
GMS for the past 18 months and has officially launched the online system. The WTF
GMS database system will be housed in HangAStars state-of-the-art Data Center in
Minneapolis, the United States under the highest level of security.

GLOBAL ATHLETE LICENCE CARD (SAMPLE)


WTF GLOBAL MEMBERSHIP SYSTEM CARD (SAMPLE)
Athletes competing in WTF-promoted championships are required to hold a WTF
Global Athlete Licence starting from the 2011 WTF World Taekwondo Championships
scheduled for May 1-6, 2011 in Gyeongju, Korea.

It is hoped that over time other important taekwondo data for each athlete can be
linked to their unique ID number, including competition results, WTF World Rankings,
competition videos, educational videos and much more.

The licence will be an important tool in gathering valuable information on the WTFs
top competing athletes that will aid in both the marketing of the sport and leading to
a more efficient competition management process.

Applications for a WTF Global Athlete Licence can only be submitted through the
WTF Member National Associations.

All licenced athletes will receive a unique WTF ID number and license card which
will be used to identify and verify the athlete at all WTF-promoted championships.
Key taekwondo data will be stored and accessible online through the unique WTF ID
number that each athlete will have.

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It is planned that the WTF Global Athlete Licence will be phased into all WTFsanctioned tournaments over time but by no earlier than Jan. 1, 2013.

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MESSAGE FROM AFTU PRESIDENT


ear African taekwondo family,
I wish all of you a happy and prosperous New Year. We are one family
of world taekwondo, headed by Dr. Chungwon Choue, president of the World
Taekwondo Federation (WTF).
I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to
the members of the Executive Office of the African Taekwondo Union (AFTU) and
the brothers, first deputy, deputies, members and all the heads of African national
associations for their great efforts, which they have made and continue to persist.

President

Gen. Ahmed Fouly

In recognition of the great efforts by the AFTU member national associations, WTF
President Choue has repeatedly expressed his appreciation and admiration for these
efforts, which has shown to the world the unity of African taekwondo.

This is the unique challenge to our continent and we are all proud of the heroes
of Africa, without forgetting the efforts of trainers, as well as African rulers in all
international events.

As president of the African Taekwondo Union, I am proud of my fellow members


of the African Taekwondo Union, who are doing great in the renaissance of African
taekwondo, despite the great difficulties that face us, and most importantly the lack
of financial resources for all of us and the difficulty of travel and rising costs.

The AFTU especially welcomes the WTFs proposed Taekwondo for All in Africa
project, which will be put in action this year. The project will greatly help promote the
Olympic sport taekwondo in the African region.

In spite of all these difficulties, we do our work, which is appreciated by taekwondo


family members all over the world who watch the development of African taekwondo.
Compared to the past, our children became heroes of Africa, getting trophies and
medals in the African championships and international posts, great for all African
countries in all events and World Championships.

Our unity is the secret to our success, always one team, one spirit. This is the secret
to the success of Africa and I wish, with all my heart, success to all African countries
at championships.

2011 AFTU EVENTS SCHEDULE


Dates

Place

Events

April 16-17

Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

Arab Cup

Sept. 3-18

Maputo, Mozambique

All-Africa Games (Taekwondo)

TBD

TBD

11th African Championships

2012 AFTU EVENTS SCHEDULE


Jan. 11-12, 2012

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Port Said, Egypt

African Qualification Tournament for


2012 London Olympic Games

Taekwondo and Our Vision


Taekwondos development has taken place through several key events and steps.

MAJOR PROGRAMS FOR 2011


n 2011, the Asian Taekwondo Union will emphasize the preparation for
the London Olympic Games. We will promote international competitions
among member nations to increase the number of Olympic Qualification
participating countries so that they could advance to the Olympics with good records.
The main events in 2011 will be the Asian Junior Taekwondo Championships and the
Asian Qualification Tournament for the 2012 London Olympic Games. The Asian Club
Championships will be also held in Tehran, Iran from Feb. 21 to 22 and the Asian
Olympic Qualification Tournament in Bangkok, Thailand on Nov. 4 to 6.
Poomsae will be added to the Junior Taekwondo Championships starting this year.
Also, the Olympic Value Education Program blended with the Cultural Exchange
Program will be added to contribute to the formation of value system of young
people.
As a multi-sport event, the 26th Summer Universiade will be held in Shenzhen, China
on Aug. 12-23. Taekwondo competition is scheduled to take place from Aug. 18 to
23.
Major ATU Activities in 2010
The year of 2010 was
successful for the ATU in
that it brought success to
the 19th Asian Taekwondo
Championships and the
Guangzhou Asian Games.
The 19th Asian Taekwondo
Championships were held
in Astana, Kazakhstan
from May 20 to May 23,
drawing 250 male and
female athletes from 23
member nations.
What made the
championships special was
the addition of poomsae to
kyorugi to make the events more diverse for the host country and also to lessen the
burden of the member nations.
The result was very successful except that the number of poomsae items was
reduced.

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The first step was the globalization of taekwondo, which began with the
establishment of the World Taekwondo Federation in 1973. Taekwondo was adopted
as an official sport at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. These developments
unfolded in the 27 years since the WTF was founded. Such a rapid advancement is
unprecedented in history and provides a good example of how fast a sport can grow.
President

Mr. Dai-Soon Lee


Both kyorugi and poomsae will also be on stage in forthcoming Junior
Championships.

The second step was the global standardization of taekwondo. After two Olympic
Games in which taekwondo was a medal sport, the WTF made a drastic reform in
bringing about a global standard to taekwondo. This is the period starting from the
2004 Athens Olympic Games to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Electronic body protectors and the instant video replay system were introduced
to the taekwondo competition of the Guangzhou Asian Games, which helped the
operation of the game.

The WTF is now working hard to make taekwondo more competitive among
international sports as well as federations. Thus it introduced Olympic Values
Education Programme into taekwondo for young taekwondo practitioners so that
taekwondo can promote and realize Olympic values more actively.

Taekwondo was the second most participated sport out of 45 ones along with
shooting. All the tickets for the taekwondo event were sold out early securing a firm
ground as a popular sport.

Furthermore, it promulgated five creeds for all taekwondo practitioners and


announced them in the name of Seoul Declaration at the 2009 International
Taekwondo Symposium in Seoul.

What was noteworthy for the ATU member nations in 2010 was that they
demonstrated an even level of taekwondo techniques.

To implement the Seoul Declaration more firmly, and to prepare for the 1st Youth
Olympic Games, the Taekwondo Promotion Foundation held the 1st World Youth

A total of 23 ATU member nations participated in the Asian Taekwondo


Championships and medals were awarded to 10 nations for male and 12 for female;
and 37 nations took part in the Guangzhou Asian Games and 14 nations got at least
one medal.
Several factors were cited as major reasons for the enhanced level of taekwondo
techniques.
First, all the member nations have made a great effort for the cultivation and training
of athletes. Second, Korean universities and taekwondo unions went into sisterhood
relationship with member nations to assist athlete training and to perform exchange
games.
Third, much efforts have been made to have the member nations overcome the
disparities in playability arising from geographical distance.
To be specific, sub-regional unions were formed by neighboring countries for
exchange of training programs and for intra championships to enhance playing skills.
Sub-regional unions like East Asia, South East Asia, South West Asia, West Asia, and
Central Asia were established and the unions contributed to the enhancement of
playability and of friendship and goodwill between the countries as well.

Taekwondo Camp in Muju, Korea, where the Taekwondo Park is under construction.
This effort led to the success in the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games.
To continue our success and to further promote the Olympic Values Education
Program, we also held the 2nd World Youth Taekwondo Camp in 2010. In this
taekwondo camp, the young athletes made a public demonstration in Seoul City
Plaza. During their performance, they smashed wooden boards in which their
personal bad habits were written, symbolically expressing their determination to
become new and better persons.
It also signifies that practitioners of taekwondo should take leadership in
internationalizing and at the same time spreading the spirit of taekwondo and the
values of the Olympic Games. This is taekwondos ultimate task and challenge.

2011 ATU EVENTS SCHEDULE


Dates

Place

Events

Jan. 13-15

Manama, Bahrain

3rd Bahrain Open Championships

Jan. 28-31

Chennai, India

5th Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships

Feb. 21-22

Tehran, Iran

3rd Asian Club Championships

Feb. 24-25

Tehran, Iran

23rd Fajr Open Championships

April 7-9

Cambodia

South East Asia Taekwondo Championships

Aug. 12-23

Shenzhen, China

26th Summer Universiade

July or Aug.

Undecided

2011 Asian Junior Championships

Nov. 4-6

Bangkok, Thailand

Asian Qualification Tournament for


London 2012 Olympic Games

Nov.

Indonesia

26th SEA Games

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MAJOR ETU PROGRAMS FOR 2011


he year 2011 will be a busy year for the European Taekwondo Union, with
a total of 15 A-class international tournaments, compared with nine in
2010.
The A-class tournaments are as follows: the Trelleborg Open on Feb. 5-6 in
Trelleborg, Sweden; the Dutch Open on Feb. 26-27 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands;
the German Open on March 12-13 in Hamburg, Germany; the Spanish Open on
March 26-27 in Alicante, Spain; the Belgium Open Poomsae on April 9 in Gent,
Belgium; the Belgium Open on April 9-10 in Gent, Belgium; the Danish Open
Poomsae on April 30 in Kolding, Denmark; the Austrian Open on June 4-5 in
Insbruck, Austria; the Austrian Open Poomsae on June 18 in Insbruck, Austria; the
Finnish Open Poomsae on Aug. 6-8 in Turku, Finland; the Hungarian Open Poomsae
on Oct. 1 in Budapest, Hungary; the BTCB International Open on Oct. 1-2 in
Manchester, the United Kingdom; the Portugese Open Poomsae on Nov. 5 in Seixal,
Portugal; the Croatia Open on Nov. 5-6 in Zagreb, Croatia; and the French Open on
Nov. 26-27 in Paris, France.
Among the other ETU events for 2011
are the ETU General Assembly on
Oct. 5 in Paphos, Cyprus and the ETU
Council meeting on Feb. 19 in Athens,
Greece. An international referee
poomsae seminar and an international
referee refresher course are scheduled
to take place in Trelleborg, Sweden on
Feb. 23-27. An international referee
kyorugi seminar and an international
referee refresher course are also
scheduled to take place in Trelleborg,
Sweden on June 23-26.
On the ETU events calendar are the 10th European Poomsae Championships in May
in Genova, Italy, the 18th European Junior Championships on Oct. 6-9 in Paphos,
Cyprus, and the 2nd European University Championships on Oct. 28-30 in Sofia,
Bulgaria.

President

Mr. Athanasios Pragalos


First of all, the
19th European
Senior Taekwondo
Championships were
held in St. Petersburg,
Russia, drawing
athletes and officials
from 43 member
countries, representing
the biggest senior
championships in the
history of the ETU. The
overall winner was
Turkey.
Second, the 2nd 18-21-year championships in Kharkov, Ukraine wrapped up as a
great success. Athletes from 38 ETU countries competed for the medals during the
event. Overall winner was Turkey. This event was organized at the request of the ETU
member countries in order to pay special attention to the young athletes, not limited
to teenagers, and prepare them accordingly.
But during the difficult, in athletic terms, in-between times until they reach perfection
and compete in mens and womans categories.
Third, the 5th European Team Championships were held in Baku, Azerbaijan. A total
of 23 teams participated and Spain topped the ranks.
In addition, Bucharest, Romania hosted an ETU seminar for instructors under the
leadership from Grandmaster Shin-chul Kang of Korea.

Following the success of the ETU A-Class Ranking for seniors, the ETU will work on
the Ranking for juniors in 2011.

The ETU signed a contract with Daedo International to use its electronic body
protectors for the European Championships until 2012.

MAJOR ETU ACTIVITIES IN 2010

The ETU also signed a contract with Taekwondo Data. The company has a Web
site which contains all the competition results of taekwondo championships in the
past and also information on athletes and coaches. All the ETU members have free
access to this Web site.

For the European Taekwondo Union, the year 2010 was a successful year. Three
European championships were held in 2010.

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2011 ETU EVENTS SCHEDULE


Dates

Events

Place

Country

Dates

Events

Place

Country

Feb. 5-6

Trelleborg Open (A Class)

Trelleborg

Sweden

July 29-31

5th World Poomsae Championships

Vladivostok

Russia

Feb. 19

ETU Council meeting

Athens

Greece

Aug. 6-8

Finnish Open Poomsae (A Class)

Turku

Finland

Feb. 23-27

I.R. Poomsae Seminar


I.R. Refresher Course

Trelleborg

Sweden

Sept. 18-20

Master Games

Ligano

Italy

Feb. 26-27

Dutch Open (A Class)

Eindhoven

Netherlands

Oct. 1

Hungarian Open Poomsae (A Class)

Budapest

Hungary

March 12-13

German Open (A Class)

Hamburg

Germany

Oct. 1-2

BTCB International Open (A Class)

Manchester

United
Kingdom

March 26-27

Spanish Open (A Class)

Alicante

Spain

Oct. 5

ETU General Assembly

Paphos

Cyprus

April 9

Belgium Open Poomsae (A Class)

Gent

Belgium

Oct. 6-9

18th European Junior Championships

Paphos

Cyprus

April 9-10

Belgium Open (A Class)

Gent

Belgium

Oct. 22-23

10th Galeb Belgrade Trophy

Belgrade

Serbia

April 30

Danish Open Poomsae (A Class)

Kolding

Denmark

Oct. 28-30

2nd European University


Championships

Sofia

Bulgaria

May (TBD)

10th European
PoomsaeChampionships

Genova

Italy

Nov. 5

Portugal Open Poomsae (A Class)

Seixal

Portugal

June 4-5

Austrian Open (A Class)

Insbruck

Austria

Nov. 5-6

Croatia Open (A Class)

Zagreb

Croatia

June 18

Austrian Open Poomsae (A Class)

Insbruck

Austria

Nov. 26-27

French Open (A Class)

Paris

France

June 23-26

I.R. Kyorugi Seminar


I.R. Refresher Course

Trelleborg

Sweden

Dec. 3-4

Olympic Test Event

London

U.K.

June 30
-July 3

World Olympic Qualification

Baku

Azerbaijan

July 7-10

4th European Cadet Championships

Tbisli

Georgia

Kazan

Russia

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Jan. 27-29

European Olympic Qualification

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President

Mr. Ji Ho Choi

MESSAGE FROM PATU PRESIDENT


ear WTF members of the Pan America and PATU family,
On behalf of the PATU EXCO and Council Members, I would like to wish
everyone a happy and prosperous New Year!
Along with all members of the PATU leadership, I would like to urge everyone to
refer to the PATU 2011 events schedule, and plan ahead and jump start for the
development of your national teams elite programs to realize unprecedented
success in all events this year, and advance forward to pursue our regions Olympic
excellence in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games to be held in London.
As in the past, PATU will be your first and best partner to achieve your goals in
developing taekwondo in all areas of Pan America. Please continue with positive yet
constructive communications with the PATU leadership, so that we may advance to
achieve other record-breaking results for our athletes by working together in unity
and harmony from effective establishment of cooperative leadership, professional
tournament organization and management, and to highly educational and rewarding
seminars for all.

The Year of the Rabbit in the zodiac signs traditionally represents a year of wisdom,
diligence, sacrifice and happiness. Incidentally, these are the exact qualities that are
required by all of us to successfully complete this year with a great success.
The year 2011 indeed, will be a very busy year for all of us as many important high
profile WTF and PATU events are scheduled.
Beginning with the Pan Am Games Qualification Tournament in March in Lima,
Peru, we are scheduled to compete at the 2011 World Championships, the World
Olympic Qualification Tournament, the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, the Pan Am
Junior Championships, the Pan Am Olympic Qualification Tournament followed by the
Olympic Test Event to be held in London.
Among these busy official events, we will also have many international Open events
such as U.S. Open, Canada Open, Costa Rica Open and Pan Am Open international
Championships to be organized in various parts of PATU.
We are also scheduled to organize WTF Poomsae Referee Certification Course
and Poomsae IR Refresher Course in Austin, Texas in February, and many other
educational, technical seminars in different regions of PATU during the year.

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PATU also plans to focus on the development of educated instructors and coaches
in our small countries for the next two years to realize standardization of taekwondo
techniques and knowledge to modernize our athlete development programs in
poomsae and kyorugi.
I am confident that we can achieve these goals with the help from our leading
countries in different regions along with many other volunteer instructors and
masters who have expressed their willingness to be part of these efforts.
I would also like to urge all MNAs to take a full advantage of already available
developmental support programs, such as the WTF Taekwondo Peace Corps, the
World Youth Taekwondo Camp, jointly organized by the WTF and the Taekwondo
Promotion Foundation, and various resident instructor support programs by the
Korean government and trade authorities.
Thank you in advance for your dedication in developing our sport, and I look forward
to working with you throughout the year to achieve our common goal in taekwondo.
I wish you and your federation a great success through positive and productive
progress in 2011.

2011 PATU EVENTS SCHEDULE


Dates

Place

Events

Feb. 12-16

Austin, Texas, USA

WTF Poomsae Referee Certification Course & IRRC

Feb. 17-21

Austin, Texas, USA

2011 U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships

March 23

Lima, Peru

2011 PATU EXCO & Council Meeting

March 24

Lima, Peru

2011 PATU Extraordinary General Assembly

March 25-26

Lima, Peru

2011 Pan Am Games Qualification Tournament

April

TBA

PATU Technical Seminar / Central America

May

TBA

PATU Technical Seminar / Caribbean

June

TBA

PATU Technical Seminar / Caribbean

June

TBA

PATU Technical Seminar / South America

Aug.

San Jose, Costa Rica

PATU Poomsae Referee Certifcation Course & IRRC

Aug.

San Jose, Costa Rica

The 4th Costa Rica Open TKD Championships

Sept.

TBD

2011 Pan Am Junior Poomsae and Kyorugi Taekwondo Championships

Sept.

TBD

2011 Pan Am Open International TKD Championships

Oct. 14-30

Guadalajara, Mexico

2011 XVI Pan Am Games (TKD Oct. 15~18)

Nov. 18-20

Queretaro, Mexico

Pan Am Olympic Qualification Tournament

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President

Mr. Phil Coles

OTU activities Oceania Taekwondo Union

importantly fast track and bring up to speed our coaches, referees and judges to
assist in providing training and education on latest WTF rules, the now required
equipment, the technology being used and the technical and tactical aspects in
all areas of our sport to our athletes.

MESSAGE FROM OTU PRESIDENT


uring the period 20092010, the Oceania Taekwondo Union (OTU) has
continued to grow and develop across the region.
Despite our size, we are a significant and powerful voice within the
WTF and we are providing leadership to the WTF and other continental unions on
important and strategic developments across the world.
It must be noted that we remain a highly respected WTF continental union.
Ongoing relationships and participation via the WTF Continental Union Forum
Maintained our financial grants from the WTF
Attendance at the OSFO and ONOC Conferences
Ongoing negotiation with OSEP for the accreditation of regional referees,
coaches and poomsae judges as OSEP Presenters
With the 2012 Olympic Games less than 2 years away, there is the much needed
commitment from all member nations in the assistance in running seminars,
workshops and other developmental programs.
This is again away of fast tracking our representation at the WTF benchmark events
in particular the 2011 World Championships and World Qualification Tournaments.
The 2010 OTU Championships were held in New Caledonia and were critical in the
preparation for all regional athletes, coaches and officials for all events in 2011
particularly the Pacific Games to be held in August-September 2011 and the London
Olympic Games in 2012.
OTUS FURTHER EXPANSION

Maintaining our continued participation and involvement in all meetings of the WTF
and their ad-hoc committees as a continental union is critical to our future and has
provided the OTU with a forum to voice our concerns to ensure all nations no matter
how small are heard.
We are now 15 member nations strong with our newest member, New Caledonia,
being the host nation of the 2010 Oceania Championships, host nation for the 2011
South Pacific Games and host of the 2011 Oceania Qualification Tournament for the
2012 Olympic Games as awarded by the WTF, so congratulations and welcome to
New Caledonia. New Caledonia is now a member of the WTF in their own right.
Wallis & Fortuna will host the 2013 Mini Games and sports will be announced in
2011, so we are also hopeful of taekwondo being introduced to these regional
games.
2010 also saw the emergence of Daedo as the OTUs new sponsor. We look forward
to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Daedo who will assist the Oceania
region to grow and develop.
Over the past 24 months we have been able to achieve the following:

2011 will see the emergence of additional OTU and WTF members. Discussions are
well under way in introducing Nauru as the newest WTF member in early 2011 and
another four Oceania countries will follow.
This will take the OTUs membership to 16 nations and with the emergence of
another four nations in 2011 the OTU will become 20 member nations strong as a
WTF Continental Union.
OTU REFEREE AND COACHING ACCREDITATION

The year 2010 saw the establishment and implementation of the OTU Accreditation
and Education Program which targets all current and future coaches, referees and
poomsae judges across all MNAs.
The idea behind this program is to:
provide an international accreditation system for our officials even if MNAs
already have NF accreditation system,
build a database on our region's coaches, referees and poomsae judges which

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will not only assist all MNAs but also the OTU in lobbying for educational funding
from NOCs, ONOC and the WTF, and

It is vital to the OTUs growth and development and that of our sport within the region
that all coaches, referees and judges have the current knowledge and skills to assist
and train our athletes, this way we can ensure that the region is represented by as
many participants at the highest standards possible at events around the world.

Educational seminars previously conducted


In 2008, the OTU hosted an OTU Referee / Refresher Course in New Zealand and
under the direction of the OTU, Australias MNA Sports Taekwondo Australia (STA)
hosted an OTU Referee / Refresher Course in 2009 and an OTU Poomsae Judges
Seminar in 2010.
Also under the guidance of the OTU, our MNA in Australia, STA, has delivered
numerous seminars throughout Australia to evaluate and accredit its members. The
OTU is expanding the provision of these courses throughout the region and to all
MNAs in 2011.

MNAs Educational Structures


Through the OTU Education and Accreditation process, we are planning and
preparing for the delivery via a number of means for all OTU MNAs during 2011.
The OTUs intention is to train and accredit presenters in as many MNAs as possible
during 2011.

The role of the MNA presenters will be to deliver differing aspects of the sport, i.e.
refereeing, coaching and judging etc. and these presenters will hopefully be qualified
under the Oceania Sports Education Program (OSEP).
The OSEP is a joint initiative between the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), the
Olympic Sports Federations of Oceania (OSFO) and the Oceania National Olympic
Committees (ONOC). The OSEP comprises a number of training programs, which
have been specifically designed to provide a regional approach to sport education by
developing flexible, relevant and modern curricula and training support resources in
the areas of coaching, officiating, administration and assessor/presenter training.
Organizations and individuals who have been approved by the OSEP Management
Committee are endorsed to deliver this training program on behalf of the OSEP.
Ideally all MNAs will nominate these people to the OTU in early 2011, so that we can
set up training and appropriate structures and programs.

2011 OTU EVENTS SCHEDULE


Dates

Place

Events

Aug. 27-Sept. 10
(TKD 6-9)

New Caledonia

14th Pacific Games

Sept. 11

Noumea, New Caledonia

Oceania Olympic Qualification Tournament

Sept. 13-16

Gold Coast, Queensland,


Australia

WTF International Referee Course and Refresher

Sept. 18

Gold Coast, Queensland,


Australia

Australian Open

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WTF EXHIBITION STAND


AT 2010 DUBAI SPORTACCORD
CONVENTION DRAWS HIGH
INTEREST

The exhibition stand of the World


Taekwondo Federation attracted
high interest from participants in
the 2010 SportAccord Convention
in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.

The WTF exhibition stand, which opened on April


27 for a three-day run at the Atlantis Hotel in Dubai,
featured a WTF Kick and Win Challenge event for the
SportAccord participants.
For the event, the WTF set up an electronic protector
system and those who hit and/or kick the system
won a WTF souvenir, drawing special attention
from SportAccord exhibition visitors. The WTF also
distributed a promotional brochure to the visitors.
To ensure fair judging and refereeing, the WTF has
introduced a protector and scoring system (PSS),
formerly an electronic body protector system, and an
instant video replay system at its major taekwondo
competitions since June 2009.

A number of high-profile figures visited the WTF stand to test the electronic protector
system. Among them were WTF President Chungwon Choue; two of WTF Vice
Presidents, Mr. Phil Coles of Australia, and Mr. Ivan Dibos of Peru, who are also
members of the International Olympic Committee; and Mr. Dae-ki Kim, vice minister
of the Korean Culture, Sports and Tourism Ministry.
As part of its active promotional efforts, the WTF, which hosted the 2006
SportAccord in Seoul, Korea, has since run its exhibition stand at almost all
SportAccord conventions.

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The WTF plans to attend the 2011 SportAccord Convention to be held in London,
Great Britain on April 3-8.
During the Dubai SportAccord Convention, which opened on April 25 and lasted until
April 30, the WTF had a series of meetings with international sports organizations,
including the 2012 London Olympic Organizing Committee, and attended
meetings, including the general annual meeting of the International Masters Games
Association.

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TAEKWONDO TO BE PART OF
COMMONWEALTH GAMES

a sport presentation for the CGF officials in London on June 7. Among the WTF
delegates were Mr. Philippe Buedo, chairman of the WTF Games Committee; Mr.
Anthony Ferguson, president of the Caribbean Taekwondo Federation; Mr. Usman
Dilda, former vice chairman of the WTF PR Committee, and Dr. William Darlington,
secretary general of the Commonwealth Taekwondo Union.
On behalf of the CGF, I write to thank you for the detailed submissions provided and
the subsequent representations by your colleagues in London last week pertaining
to the above, said Mr. Michael Hooper, chief executive officer of the CGF, in a letter
dated on June 14, 2010 and sent to the World Taekwondo Federation.

Taekwondo will be part of multi-sport games, including the Commonwealth Games.


Taekwondo has been classified as a category 2 sport at the Commonwealth Games.
The Olympic sport of taekwondo, thus stands a good chance of being on the official
program of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Several other international sports organizations, which are responsible for the
operation of multi-sports games, have also decided to put taekwondo on their official
programs.

meeting in November 2009 to put taekwondo on the official program of the 2017
Summer Universiade and onwards as a compulsory sport. Taekwondo will also be an
official sport at the 2013 Mediterranean Games and onwards.
The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) sent a letter to the World Taekwondo
Federation on June 14, 2010 to inform the worlds taekwondo governing body of its
decision to classify taekwondo as a category 2 sport.

At its General Assembly on April 26, 2010 in Dubai, the International Masters Games
Association (IMGA) announced that taekwondo will be on the official program of the
2011 European Masters and the 2013 World Masters Games.

The CGF has three classifications of sports: core sports (Category 1), optional sports
(Category 2), and recognized sports (Category 3). Under the current CGF regulations,
the Commonwealth Games must include a minimum of 10 core sports on their
program and they can then include up to an additional seven from a list of optional
sports, with a maximum of four team sports on their program.

The International University Sports Federation (FISU) decided at its Executive Board

The CGF decision came just five days after a four-member WTF delegation made

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The CGF CEO continued to say in his letter, In approving the classification of
taekwondo as a category 2 sport, both the Federations Sport Committee and the
Executive Board were pleased to note the ongoing commitment being made by
the sport through its development programs across the Commonwealth, as well as
the innovative changes being made through the sport presentation aspects of the
competition.
By becoming a category 2 sport, taekwondo is now eligible for inclusion by
prospective candidate cities within their selection of up to 7 additional sports from
the broader list of category 2 sports, i.e. additional to the 10 core sports and you
should now look to work with candidate cities for future editions of the Games as
they develop their bid proposals, the CGF head said.

The latest Commonwealth Games, the 19th edition, took place in New Delhi, India
on Oct. 3-14, 2010, with 17 sports on the official program. The next Commonwealth
Games are to be held in Glasgow, Scotland in 2014.
On the CGF decision, Mr. Ferguson, who also serves as vice president of the Pan
American Taekwondo Union, said in his letter to the WTF, This is not only wonderful,
but inspiring indeed. I did not expect the decision would come so soon.
Better still that we went straight to Category Two. During our presentation, they
(CGF officials) joked that we should probably go straight to Category 2 rather than
three, Mr. Ferguson said. That it in fact happened this way is a testament to the
vision and work of the WTF and that of our leader (WTF President Chungwon Choue).
I have no doubt that in time, we would become Category One.
It vindicates what we were saying in that people only have to be informed of the
wonderful work of the WTF to be impressed, he continued to say. Clearly they (CGF
officials) were impressed by the Taekwondo Peace Corps and subsequent proposal
of a Sport Peace Corps; electronic body protectors and the video replay system, and
the various uses for which the Reform Fund is intended.
In a meeting with CGF officials both at the 2008 SportAccord Convention in Athens,
Greece and at the 2009 SportAccord Convention in Denver, the United States, the
WTF expressed its interest in joining the Commonwealth Games.

The Commonwealth Games, which date back to 1930, are a unique, world-class,
multi-sport event which is held every four years.

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TAEKWONDO INCLUDED IN
2011 EUROPEAN, 2013 WORLD
MASTERS GAMES
Taekwondo has been put on the official program of
both the 2011 European Masters Games and the 2013
World Masters Games.

Mr. Kai Holm, former Danish member of the


International Olympic Committee, serves as president
of the IMGA, with Mr. Jens V. Holm working as the CEO.

The decision was announced at the General Assembly


of the International Masters Games Association (IMGA)
at the Atlantis Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
on April 26, 2010. The IMGA General Assembly was
held on the second day of the 2010 SportAccord
Convention.

At the Dubai gathering, the IMGA General Assembly


adopted its new constitution, the first since its
inception in 1995.

The 2011 European Masters Games are to take place


in the Italian city of Lignano, and the 2013 World
Masters Games in Torino, Italy.
WTF President Chungwon Choue attended the IMGA
meeting. The WTF, the worlds taekwondo governing,
became an associate member of the IMGA at its
General Assembly meeting during the 2009 Denver
SportAccord.

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The IMGA was founded in Seoul, Korea in 1995


from member International Federations to be the
representative body of masters sport worldwide
and to promote lifelong competition, friendship
and understanding between mature sports people,
regardless of age, gender, race, religion, or sport
status.
We are happy to announce that taekwondo has been
put on the official program of the Masters Games
starting with the 2013 European Masters Games, said
IMGA CEO Holm.

Given taekwondos high educational aspect and


popularity around the world, taekwondos inclusion in
the Masters Games will create a high synergetic effect
on both the WTF and the IMGA, he said.
WTF President Choue said, Poomsaes inclusion in
the Masters Games will further promote taekwondo,
especially poomsae. For the WTF, it is another feat
following poomsaes inclusion in the 2017 Universiade
and the 2013 Mediterranean Games.
With the IMGAs decision, taekwondo practitioners
of over 41 years of age can attend the taekwondo
competition of the Masters Games. The IMGA follows
the rules of International Federations regarding the age
category of participating athletes.

What does the International Masters Games Association (IMGA)


do and what are Masters Games?
The International Masters Games Association (IMGA) is a non-profit organization,
recognized by the IOC and owned by its members, the International Sports
Federations.
For the past 25 years, the IMGA has been overlooking Masters Sports worldwide.
It supports the Olympic movement and promotes sport for all by encouraging
mature athletes from all over the world to practice sports regularly and to
participate in Masters Games, with the awareness that competitive sport can
continue throughout life.
Masters Games are international multi-sports events for mature sports men and
women. These events offer physical activity while stimulating social interaction in
a festival atmosphere.
What aspects of taekwondo do you think appealed to you and
your board members?
First, the World Taekwondo Federation is very well developed. It proposes events
and categories for all ages, from juniors to seniors.
Its when I attended the World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Ankara,
Turkey in December 2008, that I noticed a new side of taekwondo. The philosophy
of the WTF of supporting sports for all and sport for life matches perfectly the
philosophy of the IMGA. We share common ideas.
Finally, the educational aspect of taekwondo and its philosophy can create a high
synergetic effect on both the WTF and the IMGA.

Question &
Answer
What is the significance of inclusion of taekwondo in Masters
Games?
One of the IMGA objectives is to grow the masters movement worldwide.
Therefore a new step was taken when the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF)
became the first martial art to be a member of the IMGA.
Adding an Olympic sport to our program is always great. But taekwondo is more
than just a sport, it is a philosophy of life.
Including poomsae taekwondo on the program of the Masters Games will help the
promotion of the discipline and hopefully grow the taekwondo masters movement
in the world.
As part of the promotion of combat sports for the European Masters Games 2011
in Lignano, Italy, a conference on Neuroscience and fighting sports Effects of
fighting sports on decisional and cognitive abilities in middle and advanced age
was held in Trieste, Italy on Nov. 27, 2010.

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2nd WEST ASIAN SENIOR


TAEKWONDO CHAMPIONSHIP
HELD IN JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA
The 2nd West Asian Senior Taekwondo Championship opened in Jeddah,
Saudi Arabia on April 21, 2010 for a two-day run, drawing about 60
athletes from nine West Asian countries.
The participating West Asian countries in the WTF-sanctioned biennial
event were host Saudi Arabia, Iran, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen,
Bahrain, Qatar and Syria.
The inaugural West Asian Senior Taekwondo Championship took place
in Tehran, Iran in 2008, which attracted about 50 athletes from eight
countries.
The opening ceremony of the 2nd West Asian Championship took place
on April 20, with the attendance of WTF President Chungwon Choue;
Mr. Dai-soon Lee, president of the Asian Taekwondo Union and vice
president of the WTF; Seyed Mohammad Pouladgar, president of the
Taekwondo Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran and 1st president
of the West Asian Taekwondo Union.
I would like to congratulate the Saudi Arabian Judo & Taekwondo
Federation, the West Asian Taekwondo Union, and the organizing
committee on a job well done in organizing this event, said WTF
President Chungwon Choue in his congratulatory speech.
Dr. Choue continued to say, This event is an illustration of the goal that
the WTF is continuously striving for: a universal sport bound by no limits;
not by age, gender, race, religion, nationality, nor physicality.
It is appropriate that these championships are being held in Saudi
Arabia. Recent adjustments to the Competition Rules have allowed for
talented athletes, especially female athletes from the West Asian region,
to rise to the top of the podium, Dr. Choue said. I would like to offer my
heartfelt best wishes to everyone during this championship. Reach high
for your dreams, commit yourself, and dont let anything stop you from
being at your best.
During the opening ceremony, WTF President Choue delivered a WTF
plaque of appreciation to Dr. Ahmed Saad Al-Mofareh, president of the
Saudi Arabian Judo & Taekwondo Federation.
The opening ceremony featured a variety of events, including a
taekwondo demonstration match and Saudi folk dance.

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3rd ARAB TAEKWONDO


CHAMPIONSHIPS CUP HELD
IN SHARM EL SHEIKH, EGYPT
Sharm El Sheikh
for the 3rd Arab
Cup. I would like
to congratulate the
organizing committee
on a job well done
organizing this
event, said WTF
President Choue in his
congratulatory speech
during the opening
ceremony.

The 3rd Arab


Taekwondo
Championships Cup
kicked off on April 22,
2010 for a five-day
run in Sharm El
Sheikh, Egypt.
The WTF-sanctioned
event drew about
120 athletes from
12 Arab countries.
The participating
countries were host
Egypt, Palestine, Syria,
Tunisia, Lebanon,
Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar,
Libya, the United Arab
Emirates, Algeria and
Yemen.
The inaugural Arab
Cup was held in
Sharm El Sheikh in
2005, with the second
one at the same venue
in 2007.
Early in the day, the Executive Council meeting of the
Arab Taekwondo Federation was held at the Concorde
El Salam Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh, in which WTF
President Chungwon Choue made a speech for the
participants.
After attending the 2nd West Asian Taekwondo
Championship in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, I just came
here for the 3rd Arab Cup. The fact that two of the
WTF-sanctioned events are being held at similar dates
in this Muslim region reflects the high popularity of
taekwondo in the West Asian and North African region,
Dr. Choue said.
WTF President Choue said that he would fully support
the WTF member national associations in these
regions for further development of taekwondo. He also

WTF President Choue


continued to say,
The 3rd Arab Cup is
an illustration of the
goal that the WTF is
continuously striving
for: a universal sport
bound by no limits; not
by age, gender, race,
religion, nationality, nor
physicality.
explained to the participants about the WTF Taekwondo
Peace Corps programs in detail.
Late in the afternoon, there was an opening ceremony
of the 3rd Arab Cup.
Among the participants in the opening ceremony
were WTF President Chungwon Choue; Gen. Ahmed
El-Fouly, vice president of the WTF and president of the
Arab Taekwondo Federation and the African Taekwondo
Union; and Mr. Hussam El-Din Morsy, president of the
Egyptian Taekwondo Federation.
Also on hand at the opening ceremony were Dr.
Mohamed Shosha, governor of South Sinai, and board
members of the Arab Taekwondo Federation, including
presidents of the Tunisian, Palestinian, Libyan and
Syrian taekwondo federations.

Recent changes to
the WTF Competition Rules have allowed for talented
athletes that were bound by restrictions to rise to the
top of the podium, he said. Participants from Muslim
faith have drastically risen as a result, particularly in
female athletes. It is my wish that this trend continues
in the future.
As our membership continues to grow, we will adjust
to ensure that every person with a dream of being a
champion in the sport of taekwondo is welcome, Dr.
Choue said. These changes create a fairer sport with
a much higher level of competition.
He concluded by saying, I wish to offer my best
wishes to all of the athletes, referees, and coaches
during these championships. Reach high for your
dreams, commit yourself, and dont let anything stop
you from being at your best.

It is a great pleasure to be here in the city of peace,

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IOC SOLIDARITY PROGRAM FOR


TAEKWONDO
A cornerstone program involved nurturing
taekwondo talents and distributed
scholarship to 38 athletes from 28
countries and financed the organization
of technical courses for 6 countries in
2010.
Developing young talents requires a lot
of efforts at different levels including the
athlete, coaches and the national sport
structure.

2010 FRANCOPHONE
TAEKWONDO WORLD CUP TAKES
PLACE IN COTONOU, BENIN
The 2010 Francophone Taekwondo World Cup took place in Cotonou, Benin on May
2, 2010, drawing more than 100 taekwondo athletes from 23 French-speaking
countries.
The Francophone World Cup, the seventh edition of its kind, took place at the Palais
des Sports in Cotonou. The inaugural Francophone World Cup dates back to 2002 in
Paris, France. The 2nd edition was held in Rabat, Morocco in 2003; with the 3rd and
4th event in Tunis, Tunisia, and Niamey, Niger in 2005 and 2007, respectively. The
fifth one took place in Libreville, Gabon in 2008 and the 6th edition in Lille, France
in 2009.
Among the participants in the Cotonou event were WTF President Chungwon Choue;
Mr. Roger Piarulli, president of the French Taekwondo Federation. Mr. Piarulli also
serves as president of the World Taekwondo Union of French-Speaking Countries
(UMFT); and Mr. Jacques Noutais, president of the Benin Taekwondo Federation.
Also attending the event were nine other presidents of the WTFs French-speaking
member national associations. They were from Benin, Niger, Cote dIvoire, Mali,
Tunisia, Gabon, Belgium, Guinea, the Congo Republic.
Other participating countries include Monaco, Vietnam, the Haiti, Burkina Faso, Togo,
Chad, Switzerland, Israel, Senegal, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Francophone World Cup was immediately followed by the 4th Challenge Espoirs
on May 3 at the same venue.

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An opening ceremony of the Francophone World Cup took place in the afternoon,
with the attendance of Mr. Etienne Kossi, sport and youth minister of Benin.
In his congratulatory speech, WTF President Choue said, The Francophone World
Cup is a unique event that displays the versatility of our sport that is available to all
who want to participate. While a common language brings those countries and
athletes here, it is taekwondo that binds us all together, Choue said. This sport is
bound by no limits of race, gender, nationality, religion, or physicality.
As we have embarked upon each new step of our sport, we have seen a dramatic
rise in participation by member countries of the African Taekwondo Union. The WTF
has always sought to support and encourage this, Choue said.
In his speech during the opening ceremony, Mr. Piarulli, president of the UMFT, spoke
well of WTF President Choues great achievements over the last several years. We
fully support WTF President Choue, whose strong leadership helped taekwondo be
put on the official program of the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.
On May 1, there was the General Assembly of the UMTF, in which the participants
decided to hold the next Francophone World Cup in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire in 2011.

All the work for this noble cause should


be well structured, coordinated and also
financed.
It comes as a daunting challenge to many
athletes, coaches and countries that
suffer from lack of financial and human
resources. To empower them to address
the challenge, the International Olympic
Committee (IOC) has provided substantial
aid for decades.
For taekwondo Olympic hopefuls, the
IOC Olympic Solidarity Program has been
implemented in close collaboration with
the WTF and relevant NOCs in 2010.
Under the umbrella of the Olympic
Solidarity Program, the three-pronged
sub-programs were conducted.
First of all, there is an Olympic
Scholarship program. According to this
program, 38 athletes from 28 countries
received scholarship: 25 of them were
male while 13 were female athletes.
The breakdown of beneficiaries per
continent was as follows: seven (7) from
Africa, ten (10) from Asia, nine (9) from
Europe, twelve (12) from Pan-American.
In addition, one Costa Rican coach also
received an Olympic scholarship.
Second, there is a program of technical
course for coaches, under which a

C.O

NOC

Country

SURNAME

Sport
Code

First Name

Sex

Date of Birth

OS Decision

Training
Option

Start Date

AM

ARG

Argentina

CRISMANICH

Mauro Daniel

TK

1984-02-20

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

EU

ARM

Armenia

YEREMYAN

Arman

TK

1986-01-29

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

AM

BRA

Brazil

GALACHO PIMENTEL RAMOS PEREIRA

Raphaella

TK

1990-06-28

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

AM

BRA

Brazil

MARCELINO

Douglas

TK

1979-11-18

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

AF

CAF

Centrafrique

ESSEKABOU-ALAZOULA

Remy-Paterne-Christophe

TK

1982-07-16

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

AF

CAF

Centrafrique

BOUI

David-Sylvere-Patrick

TK

1988-06-28

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

AM

CRC

Costa Rica

MOITLAND CABEZAS

Kristopher

TK

1983-09-02

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

AM

CUB

Cuba

MONTEJO POLL

Daynellis

TK

1984-11-08

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

AF

EGY

Egypt

TAWFEK

Abdallah Osama

TK

1991-12-02

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

AM

HON

Honduras

FERRERA RODRIGUEZ

Miguel Adrin

TK

1981-05-25

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

AS

INA

Indonesia

VALENTINA

Fransisca

TK

1987-03-23

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

EU

ISR

Israel

GATTERER

Bat-El

TK

1988-02-04

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

AS

JOR

Jordan

AL SADEQ

Yazan

TK

1993-06-29

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

AS

JOR

Jordan

TOURAN

Dana

TK

1993-01-30

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

EU

MDA

Rpublique de
Moldova

ARVENTII

Vladislav

TK

1993-08-19

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

AM

PER

Per

DIEZ CANSECO VERDE

Lizbeth Julissa Cristina

TK

1989-06-05

YES

CAR-San
Cugat (ESP)

2010-09-01

AS

PHI

Philippines

LIZARDO

John Paul

TK

1986-06-08

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

AS

PHI

Philippines

AVENIDO

Marlon

TK

1989-01-01

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

AM

PUR

Puerto Rico

SANCHEZ

Juan Arnaldo

TK

1985-08-23

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

AM

PUR

Puerto Rico

OCASIO RODRIGUEZ

Asuncin

TK

1987-06-06

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

AF

SEN

Sngal

DIEYE

Balla

TK

1980-11-13

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

YES

HPC-Remarck
TK, Alexandria
(USA)

2010-09-01

AF

SEN

Sngal

DIEDHIOU

Bineta

TK

1986-01-08

AS

TJK

Tajikistan

GULOV

Alisher

TK

1989-08-24

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

EU

TUR

Turkey

TEZEGUL

Servet

TK

1988-09-26

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

EU

TUR

Turkey

TATAR

Nur

TK

1992-08-16

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

AF

TUN

Tunisie

BEN HAMZA

Khhaoula

TK

1991-05-18

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

AS

UZB

Uzbekistan

BAYKUZIEV

Jasur

TK

1986-09-04

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

AS

YEM

Yemen

AL-KUBATI

Tameem Mohammed

TK

1989-01-01

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

EU

SLO

Slovenia

RAJHER

Nusa

TK

1983-07-20

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

AS

VIE

Vietnam

NGUYEN

Thi Hoai Thu

TK

1985-01-07

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

AS

VIE

Vietnam

DOAN

Thi Huong Giang

TK

1993-03-10

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

YES

HPC: Remarck
Taekwondo,
Alexandria
(USA)

2010-09-01

AF

BEN

Bnin

KIKI

Rostand B.

TK

EU

BIH

Bosnia and
Herzegovina

KATANA

Amir

TK

1990-02-25

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

EU

DEN

Denmark

HANSEN KORFITZ

Mark

TK

1986-04-27

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

1982-01-05

EU

AZE

Azerbaijan

AHMADOV

Rashad

TK

AM

HAI

Hati

JOSEPH

Jocelin

TK

AM

HAI

Hati

SANON

Tudor

TK

AM

HAI

Hati

CHERY

Jimmy

TK

total of six courses were organized in El Salvador, Georgia,


Turkmenistan, Belarus, the United Arab Emirates, and Ethiopia.
Each course lasted from 5 to 10 days.
The last prong is development of the national sport structure.

1988-08-26

1979-03-22

YES

NOC

2010-09-01

YES

NOC

2011-01-01

YES

NOC

2011-01-01

YES

NOC

2011-01-01

This development program was implemented in Malawi for two


months from April 19 to June 19, 2010.
All these activities were conducted as part of the IOCs 20092012 quadrennial Olympic Solidarity Program.

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WTF-DESIGNATED REGIONAL
TAEKWONDO TRAINING CENTERS
IN IRAN, AZERBAIJAN, CHINA
GAIN POPULARITY
Regional taekwondo training
centers designated by the
World Taekwondo Federation
are rapidly gaining popularity
around the world.
The WTF has officially
designated three regional
training centers for the Olympic
sport of taekwondo and several
others are expected to follow
suit. The three are located in
Tehran, Iran; Baku, Azerbaijan
and Beijing, China.
Through the regional
taekwondo training centers, we
are sure that taekwondo will be
further developed around the
world and we plan to designate
more regional training
centers, WTF President
Chungwon Choue said.
On Sept. 6, 2008, the WTF
designated the Beijing
Shichahai Sports Training
Center, under the jurisdiction
of the Beijing Shichahai Sports
School in Beijing, China, as its
regional taekwondo training
center in a ceremony. The
name board-hanging ceremony was attended by WTF Secretary General Jin Suk
Yang.
Established in 1958, Beijing Shichahai Sports School is located in the west bank
of Shichahai, and it is one of the main centers for training young sports talents in
Beijing. The school is rated a key secondary technical school with a primary and
junior section, base of national high-level athletic talents.
In June 2009, the WTF also designated the Musado Center in Baku, Azerbaijan as
its regional taekwondo training center in a ceremony. The ceremony was attended

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On April 29, 2010, an opening ceremony was held in Tehran, Iran for the WTFs
designation of a regional taekwondo training center.
by WTF President Chungwon Choue and Mr. Kamaladdin Heydarov, president of the
Azerbaijan Taekwondo Federation.
The Musado Center is the unique construction built for the sports federation in
the world for its capacity and facilities, according to the Azerbaijan Taekwondo
Federation. The center has three competition and training halls, a swimming
pool and a hotel with a capacity of 26 rooms.
In February 2008, Dr. Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic
Committee, visited the center.

The ceremony attracted WTF President Chungwon Choue; Seyed Ali Saeedlou,
vice president and head of the Physical Education Organization of Iran; and Seyed
Mohammad Pouladgar, president of the Taekwondo Federation of the Islamic
Republic of Iran.
During the ceremony, WTF President Choue delivered a WTF honorary 7th Dan
certificate and a black belt and taekwondo uniform to Seyed Saeedlou, drawing big
applause from the participants.
The WTF Training Center in Tehran will serve as a good facility for further promotion
of taekwondo not only in Iran, but also in the Middle East Asian region overall, WTF
President Choue said during the opening ceremony.

Iran, one of the worlds taekwondo powerhouses, boasts of its overall taekwondo
population of about 2 million. It has about 4,000 taekwondo gyms around the
country. The population of taekwondo in Iran is rapidly increasing with the growing
participation of women practitioners. For the first time in its history, Iran sent its
female taekwondo athletes to an international sporting event in 2005.
In 2004, Iran opened the Taekwondo House, which houses the office of the
Taekwondo Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It also started a two-year
taekwondo education program at its Taekwondo Academy in Tehran in 2009, with
120 taekwondo students enrolled. The number of students at the Taekwondo
Academy increased to 250 in 2010.
The Iranian taekwondo federation plans to launch a taekwondo demonstration team
in 2011, while pushing ahead with a family taekwondo competition.

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INTRODUCTION TO
WTF TAEKWONDO WEB TV

The World Taekwondo Federation launched the WTF


Taekwondo Web TV (www.wtf-taekwondo.tv) in 2008
as an ambitious initiative to take advantage of the
latest new media technology and to reach out to the
worldwide taekwondo fans and realize the potential of
this fast growing global sport.
For the first one and a half years since the project
kicked off, continued efforts have been exerted to show
the taekwondo new media known to the taekwondo
and international sport community.
It was at the 2009 WTF World Taekwondo
Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark that
catalyzed the momentum for the WTF Web TV and put
it on the map. The five days of competition attracted
300,000 visitors and recorded one million video
streamings and two million page impressions. Since
then, the trend has only been upwards.
The concept underlying this initiative is simple and
clear - meeting the needs of different groups of
stakeholders in the taekwondo community. When a
competition is held, every single match falls on the
focus of interest and attention of various groups of
people: family members and friends of athletes, people
in the city and the country of medal winners and so on.
However, as in many other sports, traditional TV cannot
cover all the matches of a tournament or all the
tournaments of taekwondo, because TV is selective in
choosing the competitions for coverage. It also tends
to air only high-interest matches of a competition that
it covers, for example, semifinals or finals. The WTF
Taekwondo Web TV aims to serve the niche market
by ensuring everyone has an easy and free access to
all matches of as many taekwondo competitions as
possible.

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To do so, the WTF


developed WTFTaekwondo Web TV
in cooperation with
Dartfish, a Swiss
company leading
in development of
video solutions for
the sport world, and
designed a unique
system integrating
the instant video
replay system with
Web TV. This solution
allows producing
videos in a costeffective way and using the videos generated by the
instant video replay system to post them on the web.
In addition, as the system is compatible with all
WTF-recognized Protector and Scoring System (PSS),
it is easy to operate and enables automatic video
production.
The WTF Taekwondo Web TV posts videos produced
through this solution to the web and makes them
open to the public free of charge. For viewer interface,
keyword search function was added to allow viewers to
easily find the videos that they want to watch. To make
video-watching a more fun experience to viewers, a
comment addition function was implemented.
In addition, it also offers free easy video embedding
services to all the members of taekwondo family,
including athletes, clubs, and WTF member national
associations. Anyone can select and embed videos
that they want to show and share with others on any
website.
On top of these very useful functions, the Web TV
serves to distribute videos for coaching purposes.
People can download videos and archive them on
personal computers for review and analysis.

This feature was developed to realize the WTFs


commitment to offering an equal opportunity for every
athlete to learn and improve their performance, thus
helping contribute to further development of the sport.
The WTF-Taekwondo Web TV also offers educational
materials for coaches and referees.
As a next step, the WTF sets an objective to evolve
the WTF Taekwondo Web TV as a platform for revenue
generation through advertising for the sake of the
entire taekwondo community.
For this purpose, a series of plans will be implemented
in various aspects. First, a greater number of video
content will be produced and made available. In
particular, 2011 is expected to be a jam-packed year
with many important events, including the WTF World
Taekwondo Championships in Gyeongju, Korea and
world and continental qualification tournaments for the
2012 London Olympic Games.
In addition, there are major international taekwondo
open competitions to be added. Furthermore,
video content will be also more diversified to cover
competition and non-competition aspects. It will also
provide a value-added service for the members of the
WTF Global Athlete Licence and Global Membership
System.

TAEKWONDO PARK
TO BECOME NEW HOME OF
GLOBAL TAEKWONDO FAMILY
The Taekwondo Park, now under construction in Muju,
Korea, will help further develop taekwondo on a global
scale.
The project will provide up-to-date training facilities
for practitioners of taekwondo worldwide, but more
importantly it will embody the spirit of taekwondo by
educating youth and providing a tranquil environment
for visitors to meditate.
The all-purpose training and education facility will
include the Taekwondo Hall of Fame, the World Culture
Village, the Taekwondo Museum, a 5,000-seat arena,
training centers and lodging facilities on a sprawling
site of 23,000 sq. meters, or approximately the size of
4,157 football fields.
The Taekwondo Park will also house the World
Taekwondo Academy, a global taekwondo education
and research center designated by the World
Taekwondo Federation.
A groundbreaking ceremony took place on Taekwondo
Day on Sept. 4, 2009 and the Taekwondo Park is to

be completed in two phases: the first phase by early


2013 and the rest by 2018.
The entire project, backed by public and private
funds, is expected to cost around $210 million. When
completed, it is expected to provide tens of millions
taekwondo practitioners around the world a place to
gather and hone their bodies, spirits and minds.
When finished, the Taekwondo Park is expected to
provide proper training for practitioners of all ages and
those looking to get involved in teaching taekwondo.
What sets taekwondo apart from other modern sports
is that it preaches the importance of moral values and
respect for elders. For practitioners of taekwondo, it
is not merely important to be a good athlete, but also
to develop into well-rounded people with outstanding
moral values.
This is part of the reason why the World Taekwondo
Federation and the Taekwondo Promotion Foundation
jointly organized the 2nd World Youth Taekwondo
Camp in July 2010. The six-day event involved 272

participants aged 14 and 20 from 26 countries. Its


the overall goal of the two organizations to spread the
positives of taekwondo to youth all over the world, as
well as to make an impact on young athletes.
The Camp introduced success cases to the
participants. Olympic gold medalist who have gone on
to have success later in life shared their stories at the
camp.
The organizers hope to give the youth hopes and
dreams, in addition to keep themselves healthy and in
good shape.
Aside from the actual coaching of athletes, the Camp
had a session in which the organizers asked the
youth to write down a bad habit or mistakes that they
had made in the past on wooden boards. Then we
had them break the boards and gave them time for
reflection.
The 3rd World Youth Taekwondo Camp are scheduled
for August 2011 and the organizers really hope every
young taekwondo family will enjoy it.

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WTF PRESIDENT HOSTS


WELCOMING DINNER
FOR HONDURAN PRESIDENT

WTF President Chungwon Choue hosted a welcoming


dinner for visiting Honduran President H. E. Porfirio
Lobo Sosa at the Renaissance Seoul Hotel in Seoul,
Korea on Feb. 20, 2011.
At the welcoming dinner, Honduran President Lobo,
a 3rd Dan Kukkiwon black-belt holder, showed his
"special" love for taekwondo even by showing off his
Dan certificate to the participants.
Honduran President Lobo, 64, arrived in Seoul on Feb.
20 for a three-day state visit at the invitation of Korean
President Lee Myung-bak.

military and police


officials.
I have learned
discipline, courage
and perseverance
through the
teachings of
Grandmaster Song
and that is why
I have a special
love for taekwondo
and I owe much to
taekwondo, he said.

I started practicing taekwondo in 1986 under Korean


Grandmaster Song Bong-kyung, Honduran President
Lobo said in his speech at the dinner, which drew
about 100 dignitaries from Korea and Honduras.

The Honduran President said, I am asking our


Honduran youngsters to practice taekwondo as it gives
taekwondo practitioners peace of mind, among others.

Grandmaster Song, who is known as the father of


taekwondo in Honduras and passed away in 2008,
went to Honduras in 1975 to teach taekwondo for the

The President also said that he practiced taekwondo


together with the Honduran Ambassador to Korea,
Michel Idiaquez Baradat, under Grandmaster Song.

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Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Sosa shows off his 3rd Kukkiwon Dan certificate
during a welcoming dinner hosted by WTF President Chungwon Choue at the
Renaissance Seoul Hotel in Seoul, Korea on Feb. 20, 2011.

further.
As the leader of a nation, there are undoubtedly great
challenges faced on the daily basis, Choue said.
Im certain that the training that you received from
Grandmaster Song Bong-kyung has benefited you
to meet those challenges head-on with courage and
perseverance.

The ambassador married the daughter of Grandmaster


Song, Evette Song Kang, in 2002.

In his welcoming speech, WTF President Choue spoke


well of the Honduran President.

With an overall population of about 8 million, Honduras


has some 10,000 taekwondo practitioners and
taekwondo is the most practiced martial art-turned
sport.

It is a great privilege for the WTF to be hosting this


dinner for you this evening. Our shared love for the art
and sport of taekwondo has established an already
unique relationship, WTF President Choue said.
Tonight, it is my wish that this relationship will grow

WTF President Choue continued to say, It is clear that


Honduras is now in good hands under your leadership.
Truly, if any country is to succeed, they need a
taekwondo person to lead the way. Your decision to
send an ambassador to Korea that is also a taekwondo
man was pure genius.

family, Choue said. Your Excellency, you are a true


testament to how taekwondo can enrich the lives of
practitioners. You are a model for what can be achieved
through the life lessons that taekwondo can provide.
The growing population of taekwondo in Honduras
and the rest of the world is solidifying its position as an
Olympic sport, WTF President Choue said.
After the speeches, WTF President Choue delivered
a taekwondo statute as a gift to Honduran President
Lobo.
The WTF Taekwondo Demonstration Team showed off
its taekwondo skills for the dinner participants, drawing
big applause.

Tonight, I wish to express my deepest appreciation


for your dedication and determination not only as
your nations leader, but a member of our taekwondo

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When did you start practicing taekwondo and for what motives?
I started practicing taekwondo in 1978 when I was 10 years old. I am now a
2nd Dan Kukkiwon black-belt holder. I was very influenced by the teachings of
the late Grandmaster Song Bong-Kyung of Korea, the founder of taekwondo in
Honduras. Grandmaster Song, my father-in-law, arrived in Honduras in 1975 and
started disseminating taekwondo by teaching the military and police. He was a 9th
Dan Kukkiwon black belt holder and loved by the Honduran people. I married his
daughter, Evette Song Kang, a 4th Dan Kukkiwon black-belt holder, in 2002. My
two boys, one five years and the other 8 months, know how to kick.

What is your main goal as the Honduran ambassador to Korea?


The Honduran people admire the economic growth of Korea and we have
set Korea as our example. One thing we know is that the important aspect
of Korea is the Korean people. Thats why we are eager to promote Korean
principles of discipline, courage and perseverance into the minds of the
Honduran people by exchanging and making possible Honduran students
and professionals to come to Korea and study the Korean model of economic
growth and technology. For me, coming to Korea is like coming to Mecca.

What is the current status of taekwondo in Honduras?


Taekwondo is the most practiced martial art in Honduras. With about 8 million
people, Honduras has around 10,000 taekwondo practitioners. In Honduras, we
have a lot of young students who are very good at taekwondo.
Tell us about the Honduran Presidents love of taekwondo.
Our Honduran President, Porfirio Lobo Sosa, is a 3rd Dan Kukkiwon blackbelter holder. He, 64, has practiced taekwondo for 26 years. Before he began
his political career, he came to Tegucigalpa and he met Grandmaster Song. He
used to go to Songs gym at 5 oclock in the morning every day. He is a very
disciplined man. The President and I practiced taekwondo at the same gym under
Grandmaster Song.
The President always says that he learned discipline, courage and perseverance
through the teachings of Grandmaster Song. That is why when President Lobo
became president of the National Congress of Honduras in 2004, he awarded
Grandmaster Song the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his dedication
and contribution to the Honduran society. Grandmaster Song was the first
foreigner to receive the medal.
When did you come to Korea as an ambassador and why?

Korean President Lee Myung-bak and Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Sosa show off their respective taekwondo skills in a ceremony shortly after a
luncheon at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul, Korea on Feb. 21, 2011. At the ceremony, WTF President Chungwon Choue delivered an honorary 9th WTF Dan
certificate to the Honduran President and Korean President Lee gave a taekwondo uniform to the Honduran President.

I arrived in Korea on Aug. 11, 2010. My assignment here to be his (Honduran


President Lobo) representative as an ambassador to the people of Korea is
in response to his knowledge of my career as a diplomat and my career as a
person very close to our taekwondo master (Mr. Song). The President knows
me very well as a person and as a professional. We hope to strengthen our
economic and cultural ties, as well as exchanges in sport. We also want to
promote taekwondo and its discipline in Honduras. We want to attract Korean
investors to establish themselves in our country.

What WTF President Chungwon Choue talk to you about when


you visited the WTF headquarters?
When I met with WTF President Choue, he offered me to be a goodwill
ambassador of the World Taekwondo Federation. It is a big honor for me and
for my country to receive the offer. I expect to use that nomination in order to
help the growth of taekwondo in Central America and in Honduras.
In Honduras, we have a lot of young students who are very good at taekwondo
and who make a lot of sacrifices for taekwondo. One of my objectives is to
make it possible for our best young taekwondo players to go abroad and
compete with the best players in the world. To do this, my dream is to create
cooperation so our best taekwondo players on our national teams can come
and train in Korea in order to acquire the mentality and discipline that Koreans
have in practicing taekwondo.
I want to propose to our Honduran President Lobo to invite members of the
WTF Taekwondo Peace Corps to Honduras in 2011 and to help our players get
the best taekwondo training.

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You signed a five-year global partnership agreement with the


World Taekwondo Federation in March 2008. What is your
overall evaluation of the sponsorship deal?
On the global partnership with the World
Taekwondo Federation, we set out to assist
the less-advantaged in our community and we
are happy to see that our sponsorship has led
to some recent initiatives supporting those in
need to have the opportunity to be more closely
involved in Koreas national sport.
Clearly, we also wanted to raise the profile of Macquarie which at that
time was relatively unknown, and the sponsorship, along with many other
achievements, has assisted in meeting our objectives.

What made you become a global sponsor of the WTF? Do you


have any motives?
For an investment bank, human resources are the most valuable asset. Also,
building a relationship with others is highly important to work in the financial
industry. Being part of a community means sharing with others, and having a
generous mind is needed in order to coexist with others.
Macquarie Group philosophy suggests that, as a company is a member of the
society in which it operates, one of their main responsibilities is to work for
the betterment of that society. This belief drove Macquaries early community
support program, which was formalized in 1984 when the Macquarie Group
Foundation was established. Since then Macquarie has been focusing on longterm partnerships with not-for-profit organisations providing financial support
and leveraging the skills and expertise of the Macquarie staff.
In Korea, we were greatly drawn by the fact that taekwondo is the rice sport
of Korea so that it is very close to the hearts and lives of many in this country.
By sponsoring the WTF, we wanted to signal that we are here in Korea for the
long-term and want to be very closely associated with the Korean culture.
Also, we were impressed with the WTFs global reach and the fact that
taekwondo is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. So in summary,
our motive was to connect better with Korea and support its fundamental
sporting heritage.

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Question &
Answer
Do you have any suggestions for further development of the
WTF and taekwondo as a global sponsor?

You have been in Korea over the last 10 years. How is your
business and what are the prospects for this year?

We would like to suggest even more emphasis on support for the lessprivileged in the world and providing even more access for those in developing
countries to better themselves through the discipline, sportsmanship
and companionship of the sport. We appreciate the recent developments
supporting such causes and would like to see further progress.
Under the 2011 theme, World Peace through Taekwondo, the
WTF is carrying out various programs for the disadvantaged,
including those with disability and orphans. The WTF is also
pushing for an ambitious Taekwondo for All in Africa project.
If chances are given, are you willing to join the WTF in those
programs?
These initiatives are precisely the type of programs we would like to see from
the WTF. We will certainly utilize our global network and participate through our
various global offices in regions like Africa.

I know that you have sponsored taekwondo athletes in Victoria,


Australia. What is the current status of your sponsorship for the
athletes?
We provide minor support to Joon No, a former Olympic gold medalist who is
now a taekwondo trainer in Australia. Through this sponsorship, we are able
to spread Koreas sporting heritage to the rest of the world. I also provide
personal support for athletes from time to time.
It is always deeply gratifying to see the smiling faces of the children who may
not have had the opportunity to compete in athletics without our help.
What does taekwondo mean to you?
As I mentioned earlier, taekwondo is the rice sport of Korea, touching the
lives of everyone in the country in one way or another. I believe it embodies
all the principles Korea stands for: controlled aggression, beauty, respect,
and ambition. These are values that Macquarie is proud and honored to be
associated with.

Macquaries business has been very successful in Korea over the last 10
years, thanks to our valuable staff and many different partners including our
joint venture partners, banks, small private equity firms, large investment
companies such as the National Pension Fund, other pension fund and
insurance companies, banks, and of course the Korean government.
I know that you have published a childrens book, titled Uras
Dream. Could you explain about the book?

I released my second childrens book titled Uras Dream" in 2010, following


the release of Uras World in 2009.
The idea to write a childrens book about moon bears came to me years ago in
the middle of the global financial crisis. The crisis turned my mind to consider
what is really important in life. I was sitting in an airplane and thought, even
though things are tough, it is important not to forget what really counts in life,
like kids, nature, relationships, and friendships, among other things.
The first book Uras World tells a tale about a young, spirited, mischievous
little moon bear named Ura and his charismatic gang of forest friends in their
mountain environment, far from the city.
And the second book Uras Dream describes adventures in Uras dream
and covers the beautiful Korean nature. I also introduced some of Koreas
traditional animals including tigers and red foxes, which are now extinct or
facing extinction, in order to promote the importance of protecting animals.
I have a strong interest in Korean culture and nature. I would love two things
to be achieved by those who read my books. Firstly, I hope that young Koreans
who are studying the English language will find this book helpful in identifying
with their own animals and mountains. Secondly, I hope that all readers will be
reminded of the beauty of Korean nature and the importance of protecting its
flora and fauna.
I would like to add that all of the profits from the book sale will be donated to
environment protection groups as well as wild animal protection groups and
children.

Macquaries strength is its outstanding risk management and diversified


business. We are equally focused across all of our businesses from securities
to derivatives, real estate, investment banking, and advisory to alternative fund
management.
We will keep focusing on expanding our current business and look for more
initiatives which we can develop through our global skills and experience.
We are extremely positive about the Korean market and expect a healthy
financial system as well as a continuing demand for investment products and
services. Our outlook for the Korean market is just as positive as any other part
of Asia.
In addition, Korea does have the advantage of being able to move very
quickly. Even though this country has a small financial sector relative to other
countries, it is very stable. Koreans are a group of extremely hard-working,
highly educated people with a genuine can-do attitude.

Do you have any other things to talk about?

Last June, Macquarie celebrated its 10th anniversary of business here in


Korea. We would like to express our appreciation to all who have supported
us in our 10 years to date. Building a business is always a team effort, and
we are pleased to have formed great teams with many organizations in Korea
including the WTF.
We will continue to strengthen our relationship with these organizations and
give back to the Korean community that we consider our second home.

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TAEKWONDO ASSOCIATION OF
THAILANDS FREE ORPHANAGE
TRAINING PROGRAM
A GREAT SUCCESS
In Thailand, there are still a countless number of less fortunate children who are
left alone in various corners of the world. Opportunity to play the games they like or
accessibility to any sporting activities is just a dream.

the Pakkred Home for Boys, an organization under Thailands Ministry of Social
Development and Human Security to sponsor and train interested children the
philosophy and art of taekwondo.

Being dressed up in taekwondo dobok is just a dream come true to some children
here in Thailand.

The project was embraced by the participants and the general public alike and
quickly became the model for several other communities both local and abroad.
The project started in 2008 and was called Sai Sampun Sarn-fun Taekwondo.
Today, the project involves three large homes for boys, namely: Pakkred Home for
Boys, Maharaj Home for Boys and Chalermprakiet 48 Pansa School.

Taekwondo, besides being one of the worlds most popular martial arts, with its swift
and elegant movements, the sport instills all the good qualities into all practitioners
young and old. The taekwondo spirit which builds patriotism, respect, honesty,
kindness, consistency has changed many lives here in Thailand.
One of the World Taekwondo Federations directives is to scatter seeds of love, hope
and peace into the hearts of less fortunate children through the sport of taekwando.
Asst. Prof. Pimol Srivikorn, president of the Taekwondo Association of Thailand
(TAT), has done exactly that. He has taken the opportunity to initiate a project at

More than 200 children have signed up and went through the program. The program
has been deemed creative, fruitful and a success. Children from all walks of life have
had the rare opportunity to be taught the basics of the sport.
They were exposed to the strict discipline of taekwondo. Most of all, the sportsmans
spirit is given a chance to flourish within the hearts of these children - the future of
our community, the future of our generations.
We can safely say that the past three years has been successful in realizing these
objectives. In the three homes, we also have social workers observing behavioral
changes among the children, said Mr. Pimol.

He said, The continuing changes have uniformly been in the positive direction. The
children have developed more self-confidence. They show more self-respect and
respect for others. They express more compassion and kindness to their peers. They
train together in harmony and support one another. They are just a few examples of
good characteristics they have developed.

The rest is the salary for instructors.


This means that it costs U.S.$400 per child a year. For the TAT, we think that this
investment is very small considering that it will help develop children into good
adults, Mr. Pimol said.

On top of this, the children have acquired good taekwondo skills and win medals.
This adds to their self-esteem and self-confidence, Mr. Pimol said. He said, For
the ongoing success of the program, credits must be given to the World Taekwondo
Federation and the Asian Taekwondo Union as they have been supporting the
program. ATU President Dai-Soon Lee and ATU Vice Presidents Kyu-Seok Lee and
Daewon Kang visited and inaugurated the first orphanage three years ago.
Under the theme World Peace through Taekwondo, the WTF is launching a
global campaign to better serve humanity. It is for this purpose that the WTF will
give financial and technical support for the establishment of taekwondo programs
in orphanages and refugee camps around the world. A few months ago, WTF
Secretary General Jin Suk Yang also came to visit two of three homes. He has
agreed to support the program and will send instructors this year to help train the
children, Mr. Pimol said.
The TAT plans to add one more orphanage to the program, he said, adding that the
operating cost for the program is about U.S.$20,000 per year, with 50 to 60 children
in the program. A portion of the money goes to equipment in the setting-up stage.

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TAEKWONDO INCLUDED IN
COMPULSORY CURRICULUM
OF HIGH SCHOOLS, AIR FORCE
SCHOOL IN GUATEMALA

The Guatemalan Taekwondo Federation has implemented an important strategy to


enlarge the development of our sport of taekwondo through two pilot projects that
are being carried out at important schools.
In early 2011, the Federation said it presented two exhibitions at the facilities of
both educational institutions in which students had the opportunity to learn what
taekwondo is and the presentation of our national teams.
It is important to highlight that taekwondo has been included in the obligatory
curriculum of the sports classes of both Colegio Sagrado Corazon, a high school only
for women, and the Aviation Technical School, according to the Federation.

Our federation has two main objectives in establishing this educational program:
to broaden the access to practice taekwondo at the high school level and help
students have a sport culture, and to recruit talented youngsters who could practice
in our national teams, said Mrs. Maria Rosario Borello Castillo, president of the
Guatemalan Taekwondo Federation.
She said, Presently our trainers are working with 300 young ladies aged between
13 and 17 at Colegio Sagrado Corazon for six hours a week. "We will expand
the compulsory taekwondo program to other high schools for men in the coming
months.
At the Aviation Technical School, she said, our federation is teaching taekwondo

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"Taekwondo Programs Give Guatemalan People


the Hope that Dreams Can Come True."

to 500 men and women aged between 15 and 22, who will be the future airplane
technicians, pilots and skydivers.
In 2011, she said, we will continue working in our para-taekwondo program at the
Margarita Tejada Foundation. Over the past 10 years, this program has given us
much rewards because taekwondo has shown to give people with Down syndrome
a sense of solidarity and dignity. In providing these youngsters with a worthy
place within the Guatemalan Taekwondo Federation, we are taking a great step in
promoting human relations and integrating them to society as recognized members.

violence turn even more intense. However, we are convinced that through these
taekwondo programs we are giving people a different perspective of life; we
are giving them the hope that things can be different though hard work and
self-confidence, and we are giving them the hope that dreams can come
true.
We are sure that in addition to teaching them the techniques of our sport as,
respect, loyalty, self-control, perseverance, modesty and indomitable spirit, she said.
I am sure you share with us the confidence in our work.

Our country is going through tough times, especially in 2011 in which


presidential elections effects are felt in all levels of society, she said. Poverty and

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2011, Issue No.98
ISSN 1599-3779

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Publisher / Dr. Chungwon Choue, President
Editor-in-Chief / Mr. Jin Suk Yang, Secretary General
Magazine Director / Mr. Seok-jae Kang, PR Deputy Secretary General
Senior Editor / Mr. Eil-chul Kim, Marketing Deputy Secretary General
Editors / Mr. Olof Hansson, Mr. Stephen Kyle Donnell
Design Senior Advisor / Prof. Kenneth S. Park, Kwangwoon University
Contributing Photographer / Mr. Seuk-je Lee of Korea

The WTF is delighted to bring you the official publication of the federation. The WTF Taekwondo magazine
epitomizes our enthusiasm and progressive mindset in leading taekwondo and the WTF in the new century.
The WTF Taekwondo is published annually. It is a summary of the previous years events, competition
results and happenings throughout the world of taekwondo. It provides the events of this year, interviews
with taekwondo stars and the useful information on taekwondo.

2011 World Taekwondo Federation


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