4 Things you need to know about the 2017 World Taekwondo Championships

Ceej Tantengco on Jun 10, 2017 06:54 AM
4 Things you need to know about the world taekwondo finals
Team Philippines at the 2016 Asian Taekwondo Championships. (File / Photo by Martin San Diego)

And our jins are off!

The Philippines’ Taekwondo National Team is flying out to compete in the 23rd WTF World Taekwondo Championships this June 24 to 30. The seven-day competition in Muju, South Korea comes second only to the Olympics as the most prestigious tournament in taekwondo.

Here’s what you need to know about Team Philippines’ upcoming battle.

1. In some ways, it’s bigger than the Olympics.


Though the Olympics remain the ultimate dream for any athlete, the World Championships feature more athletes from more countries. Compared to the Olympics’ eight weight categories (four male, four female), the World Championships has 16 (eight male, eight female).

This year, they’re expecting a record-breaking number of around 1000 jins from 170 countries! The week-long event will take place in the Taekwondowon, a sprawling 3,300-square-kilometer training and competition complex that also houses the world’s first museum dedicated to the sport.

 

2. It’s the first step to 2020.


The World Championships is a great platform for athletes aiming for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The largest collection of ranking points outside the Olympics is up for grabs: gold winners will get 120 points, while silver and bronze medalists will receive 72 and 43.20, respectively.

 

3. Expect more action.


The World Taekwondo Federation’s new rules took effect at the start of 2017 and have already been used at the US Open. However, the World Championships will be the first time for many jins to compete under the new guidelines.

Some of the new rules include two points awarded to body kicks, up from the previous one point. This change was made to even the playing field when smaller players take on lanky opponents—good news for countries like the Philippines!

The penalties are also simplified to exclude half-point penalties, leaving only single penalties. You can expect higher-scoring bouts with greater penalty risks, making for more exciting bouts overall.

 

4. Team Philippines is ready for the challenge.


The Philippines has yet to bring home a gold medal from the World Championships. This year’s contingent to the World Championships hopes to be the one to end the drought.

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