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2010 WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships Kick Off in Urumqi, China

The 2010 WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships kicked off in Urumqi, China on July 17, 2010 for a four-day run.


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The invitational World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships, which take place at the Xinjiang Sports Center Gymnasium in downtown Urumqi, have attracted 19 male teams and 20 female teams. A total of 210 athletes, including 10 top-ranked players on the WTF Athlete Ranking, are attending this World Cup event.

The countries dispatching male teams are host China, Korea, Iran, Chinese Taipei, Jordan, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Senegal, Egypt, Spain, Turkey, Denmark, Great Britain, Azerbaijan, Russia, the United States, Mexico, and Australia. The countries sending female teams are China, Korea, Iran, Chinese Taipei, Jordan, Thailand, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Senegal, Morocco, Tunis, Spain, Turkey, France, Great Britain, Russia, the United States, Mexico and Australia.

The participating male and female teams are divided into five groups each and the top five countries at the 2009 World Taekwondo Championships and host China are seeded. The preliminary matches will be held for three days from July 17 on a round-robin format. Top five teams and three best-record teams among the second-placed teams in the men’s and women’s division of the preliminary round will advance to the quarterfinal round. The quarterfinal, semifinal and final matches will be conducted in a single elimination format on July 20.

The six seeded countries in the men’s division are Korea, Iran, Spain, Turkey and host China; while those in the women’s division are Korea, Spain, France, the United States and host China.

Electronic body protectors and an instant video replay system are being used at this World Cup event, which features four Olympic weight categories of -58kg, -68kg, -80kg and +80kg in the men’s division; -49kg, -57kg, -67kg and +67kg in the women’s category.

In the preliminary round, four athletes from each team compete to decide the winners, while the quarterfinals and above require a fifth match to decide the winners when they tied at 2:2.

The previous World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships were held in Baku, Azerbaijan in June 2009, in which Turkey took the gold medal, Iran the silver and Azerbaijan and Russia bronze each in the men’s division, while Korea took the gold, Russia the silver and Turkey and Morocco the bronze each in the women’s division.

On July 16, one day before the opening of the World Cup competition, an opening ceremony was held at the competition venue for two hours from 9 p.m. The colorful cultural and dancing performances, as well as the taekwondo performance of the WTF Taekwondo Presentation Team drew big applause from over 2,000 spectators.

Among the VIPs from the Chinese side attending the opening ceremony were Mr. Zhang Chunxian, secretary of the CPC Committee of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and honorary chairman of the Organizing Committee; Mr. Nur Bekri, governor of the People’s Government of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and chairman of the Organizing Committee; Mr. Cui Dalin, president of the Chinese Taekwondo Association, vice minister of the General Administration of Sports of China; Mr. Li Guangming, party secretary of the CPC Party Groups of Administration of Sports of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and vice chairman of the Organizing Committee.

Other VIPs were Grnadmaster Kang Won-sik, new president of the Kukkiwon, and Mr. Dai-soon Lee, vice president of the World Taekwondo Federation and chairman of the Taekwondo Promotion Foundation.

In a speech, WTF President Chungwon Choue said, “The WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships are set apart from other events by one characteristic: Team.”“The magic of competition becomes more alive when shared with teammates. The feeling of victory is multiplied and difficulties lessened when they are shared with teammates.”

“This year taekwondo became a part of the European and World Master’s Games. Last month, our sport was confirmed as an optional sport for the Commonwealth Games. And next month the top takewondo youth athletes will be part of the first ever Youth Olympic Games,” WTF President Choue said.

Shortly prior to the opening ceremony, WTF President Choue presented a letter of appointment to 40 international referees who officiate at this World Cup Championships.

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Source: WTF.

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