New Changes to the Competition Rules

Post date: Mar 19, 2014 1:20:11 PM

The 25th General Assembly of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) was held today at the Ballroom of Taipei City’s Grand Hotel. Before officially starting the event, the President of the WTF, Dr Chungwon Choue, asked for a minute of silence to remember Seyithan Akbalik, the Turkish athlete who died of a heart attack at Luxor Open 2014.

After such a solemn act, followed by all the attendees, the General Assembly was carried out following the scheduled points. The first one was to approve the 24th General Assembly agreements, as well as the 2013 financial report and the 2014 budget and operational report, which eventually went ahead without any inconvenience.After that, it was time to present and approve the changes on the WTF official competition rules, which were also given the green light by the Assembly. The main changes made to the regulations are:- To establish the PSS and the IVR systems as the PRIME competition systems of the WTF official events- To implement the Head PSS, differing from now on between two kinds of competitions: The ones WITH Head PSS and the ones WITHOUT- To approve some measures aimed to transform the current Taekwondo into a more active and less passive sport:– Extend the maximum number of Kyong-gos to 10 (5 points) for an athlete to lose a match– Sanctioning with a Kyong-go the action of holding a leg without making any attacking movement– Sanctioning with a Kyong-go the ‘fixing equipment gesture’ and removing the ‘requesting IVR gesture’ from the sanctioned list

After the competition rules were presented and succesfully approved by all present members, the Poomsae competition rules and the WTF statutes were also given the green light, which was followed by the announcement of the host cities for the most relevant upcoming WTF events:

- WTF World Grand Prix 2014-2015:

– 4 Grand Prix events to be held in 2014 (3 + 1 Final event):

1 – Astana (Kazakhstan), during Summer 2014

2 – Manchester (UK)

3 – Suzhou (China)

4 – Mexico City or Queretaro (Mexico) – December 2014 (Final event)

– 4 Grand Prix events to be held in 2015 (3 + 1 Final event):

1 – China

2 – UK

3 – Russia

4 – Mexico City (Mexico) – December 2015 (Final event)

- 5th WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships – Moscow, Russia on June 21-22 2014

- 1st WTF World Deaf-Taekwondo Championships – USA (Salt Lake City or Reno) Nov. 15-16, 2014

After that, it was time to present the progress reports of three other WTF important events:

- 1st WTF World Cadet Taekwondo Championships 2014 – Baku, Azerbaijan 24-27 July 2014

- 9th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships 2014 – Aguascalientes, Mexico October 30 – November 2nd 2014

- 2015 WTF World Taekwondo Championships – Chelyabinsk, Russia

During the 25th WTF General Assembly, the Taekwondo family gave its welcome to a new member of our sport’s governing body: Mauritania, who was approved with a big applause given by all present authorities.

Pau Aguilar, Taipei City