The head instructors and national instructors are going to collaborate this year for the general assembly at Ninoy Aquino Stadium. The programme for the year 2015 will be discussed where the General Assembly for Instructors will take place between Philippines and Smart Communications. Almost 500 heads from all over the world is going to attend as stated by the Chief Executive Officer of PTA and Sung Chon Hong, the Grand Master.
Reports based on the performance of 2014 are going to be discussed and the competitions for the year 2015 are going to be discussed. Among the competitions- Philippine Taekwondo League, South East Asian Games, World Cadet, World Championship and Asian Junior Championship. Read more »
Aaron Cook has shockingly been left out of the Olympic Taekwondo event at the Olympic 2012 to be held at London. Lutalo Mohammad will go in his place. However, strangely, the team nomination was being rejected repeatedly although the list has been finalized and approved. According to Cook, “I can see no other reason-my results speak for themselves.”
Cook had dropped out of the GB Taekwondo academy just a year ago in order to train in his own way and create his own support team. He had even built his special gym at the back garden of his parents’ home. At this period, he had won the Olympic Test Event and also the European Championships. He is currently the number one position in the 80 kg category. However, the probable reason behind him being trimmed off from the team maybe because he was not ‘in the GB Academy’ that’s what he says. He even started crying when he got the mail that he was not in the European Olympic Taekwondo team list. It was like a bolt from the blue for him.
The authorities have tried to justify their act by saying that the headshots that Mohammad gives are better than that of Cook’s and this comment has been detested by him as being a ‘joke’. He said that it was wrong to consider just one movement to hurl him out of the Olympic Taekwondo list because there is a lot of other ways to win a game. His manager has said that that he would probably file a lawsuit against the Academy.
Cook is quite confident that he can surpass Lutalo with his skills because he had already beaten him before in a home match. He feels cheated by the Academy and would go to any length to save his pride.
Taekwondo became an Olympic Games sport for the first time in 1988 when it was included in the lineup for the Seoul Olympic Games as just a demonstration sport and not as a competitive one. That status did not, however, last long after it was excluded from the lineup of the Games when it went to Atlanta in 1996 but made a quick come back in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games as a full medal sport and since then, Olympic Taekwondo is very much a part of the roster and it will be so in the 2012 London Olympic Games as well.
The weight classes for taekwondo in the Olympic Games are divided into four divisions, both for men and for women. The events that the men compete in range from below 58 Kg to over 80 Kg and as for the women, the range varies from lower than 49 Kg to over 67 Kg. all these events in Olympic Taekwondo have some of the great matches in the history of the Olympic Games in their very short time as an Olympic Sport.
And the news wouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone if one was told that South Korea leads the medals tally in the Games, having won 12 medals overall, nine of which have been Gold. The United States of America hasn’t had a bad run in the Olympic Taekwondo as well, currently standing at third in the overall medals haul with 6 medals, of which two are Gold.
Over the years, many other nations have also begun competing in the sport but the Koreans proved too powerful for most of them until recently when the Koreans got their hands a bit too full. And that is what promises to make the sport one to watch out for in the Games. Frankie Edgar is rumoured to be taking part for USA – could get interesting!
Great Britain Taekwondo has signed a new deal with Tree Communications that will look after the Public Relations department as well as the marketing aspects of the team ahead of the European Taekwondo Championships of 2012. The event will be held in Manchester, which is also the first time that the event is being staged in the United Kingdom where it will be held between the 3rd and 6th of May, just before the London Olympic Games. The Olympic Taekwondo team for Great Britain will also be helped in its marketing aspects and Public Relations by Tree Communications, it is understood.
The owner and Director of Tree Communications, Sarah Gormley stated that it is an extremely proud moment for everyone at Tree Communications and she also added that Tree Communications was extremely excited at being given this opportunity to work with the Great Britain Taekwondo team just ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games. Although the Olympic Taekwondo official lineup for Great Britain has not been announced yet, this event in Manchester will be a good opportunity for youngsters to make a name for themselves and Gormley added that Tree Communications was looking forward to working with the team in Manchester, a first for the country in the European Taekwondo Championships.
Steve Flynn, who is currently the commercial director of Great Britain Taekwondo, stated that everyone was extremely delighted to be working with Sarah Gormley and her team at Tree Communications and they can look ahead to an extremely exciting year ahead for both the Great Britain Taekwondo as well as Tree Communications.
Ever since the sport was included in the Olympic Games in 1988, Great Britain have not managed to win the event and with more exposure this time, the Olympic Taekwondo must deliver at the Games as well.