India Taekwondo goes virtual! To host country’s first-ever online tournament

NewsBharati    27-Aug-2020
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New Delhi, Aug 27: In a major development amid the pandemic, India Taekwondo is getting all ready to resume the events by announcing its first-ever online National Taekwondo Poomsae Championship 2020. It will be virtually held in a first of its kind manner taking all the practicalities and logistics online that will be held from September 28 to October 4.
 
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The tournament getting a lot of support from the World Taekwondo fraternity as well as the Indian Taekwondo fraternity. Poomsae (a.k.a. Forms, Patterns, Hyung, Kata) is considered to be the traditional aspect of the Korean martial art of Taekwondo, and is defined as a patterned series of offensive and defensive techniques performed against an imaginary opponent.
 
It is divided into color belt division and black belt division with the competition being based on individual capabilities. The color belt division consists of three categories and the black belt division (medal events) will have eight categories. Each athlete will submit a video performing their Poomsae before the deadline.
 
"I am heartened to see that India Taekwondo has taken the first initiative to kick start a new era for Taekwondo in India as it is an important country for the global development of our beloved sport. It is time for the Taekwondo community to unite and support the leadership of India Taekwondo. We look forward to working closely with Shirgaonkar, President of India Taekwondo, and India Taekwondo as a whole," said Dr. Choue, president, World Taekwondo.
 
Each category has guidelines that will have participants perform compulsory Poomsae and winners will be decided by highly trained referees appointed by the referee commission.
 
"The tournament will prove to be a boost for athletes that have been waiting for the longest time to complete. There has been an absolute standstill in the world of sport and I'm proud that India Taekwondo is executing a tournament of this scale and encouraging athletes to compete at the national level," said Namdev Shirgaonkar, President, India Taekwondo on the importance of hosting this tournament.
 
Athletes will be virtually performing within complete safety guidelines as directed by their respective states. They will in no way come in contact with any of the other participants or organisers. Each athlete will have to submit a video performing their Poomsae which they have to record and submit before the given deadline whilst adhering to the rules and regulations of the tournament.
 
In order to explain the rules and regulations, India Taekwondo will conduct a webinar for the participants and their coaches. This will give everyone further clarity on the special guidelines that are exclusive to this online tournament. The National Poomsae Championship 2020, under the aegis of IOA will help Indian Taekwondo athletes increase their skills to ensure notable performance at the Olympics.