“The effort was worth it” claimed a senior manager of the World Taekwondo Federation. ExCeL Arena Stadium with a capacity for 6,000 people was packed with spectators, even during the qualifying rounds, a real contrast with judo, which is already considered not very dynamic and did not gathered the public or had the expectations asTaekwondo did.
IOC president Jacques Rogge, who personally saw the Taekwondo competition, said: “It was very systematic and interesting, the unpredictable development of skills has produced eight gold medal winners in different countries, and 21 competitors from different nations won a medal for their country. ”
Taekwondo has extended very much and had a great success in London 2012, mainly thanks to the new rules. Korea had its worst performance with a gold and a silver, but in general, the athletes and the world Taekwondo family were highly compliant.
The Korean Taekwondo community had already showed their dissatisfaction with regulatory changes and towards the world of the Olympics, they claim Taekwondo has lost its essence, but on the other hand, what the Korean community looks wrong, the rest of the global society thinks the opposite.
The Korean martial art was the most challenged Olympic sport because of the repetitive and boring actions in the development of the fights, as well as the controversial rulings that resulted in the permanent domination of Korea.
Taekwondo was regarded as the least attractive of the five disciplines of combat within the Olympic course which group boxing, fencing, judo and wrestling. Based on this, the International Olympic Committee will replace one of the five sports, where it is speculated that the most likely to enter are Wushu or Karate.
The great performance that Taekwondo had during the London Olympic Games should dispel the IOC members doubts and leave our sport away of danger, but this will be known within a year in the city of Buenos Aires, when the “125th International Olympic Committee Session” takes place, where not only a new president of the IOC will be elected, but also the sports that will remain within the program of the 2020 Olympic Games will be decided.
Translation: Silvana Ramírez Cuevas