This news that was expected to arise sooner or later was published these days, by the General Secretary, Jin Suk Yang who sent an official note to all National Members Association of the WTF, which confirms the definite rupture between the company and the World taekwondo Federation.
In the letter the secretary explains to all organizing committees that have previously chosen to use LaJust PSS for their competitions, which are listed in the Calendar of events of the WTF (as the Pan American Games in Guadalajara in October 2011) must contact the WTF to be informed of the policy to follow.
This creates great uncertainty, for example in America, as is publicly known that this Continental Union had confirmed the usage of LaJust brand in many official events. And now with this news, if would be a major fault if any would use these protectors, for the brand is no longer recognized by the WTF.
Here is the Official letter sent by the WTF:
Ref. No. 11/706
September 1, 2011
To: Presidents and Secretaries General of WTF Member National Associations
…..Presidents and Secretaries General of Continental Unions
…..WTF Council Members
Re: Termination of the Recognition Agreement with LaJust
I first would like to send you my warmest greetings and sincere gratitude for your continued support and collaboration at this critical time leading up to London 2012 Olympic Games.
As you are aware, litigation between the WTF and LaJust has been under way since the selection by Swiss Timing of Daedo as the official PSS supplier for the London 2012 Olympic Games Taekwondo event, and the subsequent WTF decision to use Daedo PSS at the qualification tournaments for London Olympic Games.
Despite the series of legal actions filed by LaJust against the WTF and its leadership, and despite significant technical problems suffered in various tournaments using LaJust PSS, the WTF had been seeking to keep the LaJust contract valid until the original date of expiration, which is May 17, 2012. This was done for the sake of our national federations that had bought and have been using LaJust PSS.
However, I must now inform you that it is no longer possible for the WTF to maintain the contractual relationship with LaJust.
In particular, based on recommendation by the WTF ad-hoc committee on PSS on June 29, 2011, at its meeting held in Baku, Azerbaijan, the WTF gave notice to LaJust on August 10, 2011, that the PSS recognition agreement would be terminated unless LaJust fulfilled two criteria by no later than August 26, 2011. The two criteria were: i) provide an effective solutions for the technical problems its PSS had been experiencing; and ii) provide exact worldwide sales data to the WTF, which data should match with the figures previously reported to the WTF, as required under the PSS agreement.
LaJust replied to the WTF within the deadline, but only to deny the two issues we mentioned for termination of the agreement. Under these circumstances, there was no choice but to terminate the agreement with LaJust. Accordingly, please be informed that the WTF recognition agreement has been terminated as of August 27, 2011. Those Organizing Committees who have already chosen to use LaJust PSS for at their competitions which are listed in the WTF Events Calendar may contact the WTF for clarification of the policy.
Your kind attention on this matter would be highly appreciated.
Jin Suk Yang
Translation: Silvana Ramírez Cuevas
Original Note (Spanish): LaJust ya no es una marca reconocida por la WTF