Beijing Olympics 2008 Taekwondo

History of Taekwondo:
  • Taekwondo is a traditional Korean martial art.
  • It involves a combination of hand and kick movements.
  • Taekwondo became the dominant form of martial art in 1955.
  • In 1973, the Korean government recognized the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) as the legitimate governing body of the sport.
  • The first Taekwondo World Championships were held in 1973.
  • Taekwondo was included as a demonstration sport in the Olympics in 1988 and 1992.
  • It was officially included as a medal sport in 1994.
Rules for Taekwondo:
  • Taekwondo competition takes place at an individual level.
  • The duration of the contest shall be three rounds of two minutes each.
  • A one minute rest period will be allowed between rounds.
  • Weigh-in for contestants will be held one day prior to the competition.
Permitted Techniques and Areas for Taekwondo Event:
Permitted Techniques

The following techniques are permitted in the competition:

  • Fist techniques
  • Foot techniques
Permitted Areas

Competitors can target the following areas of their opponents:

  • Trunk
  • Face
Legal Scoring Areas
  • Mid-section of the trunk
  • Face
Scoring for Taekwondo Event:
  • Points shall be awarded when permitted techniques are delivered accurately and powerfully to the legal scoring areas of the body.
  • One point is awarded for an attack on the trunk.
  • Two points are awarded for an attack on the face.
  • One additional point is awarded for knocking down the opponent.
  • Match score shall be the sum of points of the three rounds.
  • If a player attacks the opponent using prohibited techniques, the points scored will be annulled.
  • The Competition Area shall measure 10m x 10m using the metric system.
  • The Competition Area should be covered with an elastic mat.
Equipment for Taekwondo:
  • Belt
  • Trunk protector
  • Dobok
  • Forearm and shin guards
  • Head protector
  • Groin guard
Beijing Olympics 2008 Taekwondo Event:

The following events and included in the program for Beijing Olympics 2008:

  • + 80 kg Men
  • - 58 kg Men
  • 58 - 68 kg Men
  • 68 - 80 kg Men
  • + 67 kg Women
  • 49 kg Women
  • 49 - 57 kg Women
  • 57 - 67 kg Women
Beijing Olympics 2008 Taekwondo Venue:

The taekwondo event of the 29th Olympic Games will be held at University of Science and Technology Beijing Gymnasium from August 20-23, 2008.

Athlete Quota:
  • Men- 62
  • Women- 62
  • Tripartite Invitation places- 4
  • Total- 128