One thing noticeable at the 7th Korea open was the participating athletes wearing white headgears.
I asked a person from the organizing party, KTA (Korea Taekwondo Association) but wasn’t able to get a straight answer. Rather, he looked at me like I was raising an unnecessary issue. Another person explained “the players bring their headgear individually and there were a lot of European players who have brought white ones. We couldn’t not allow them to wear those. There are no alternatives that can be provided from us.”
But isn’t wearing white headgears against the WTF rules and aren’t those rules applied to this competition? Philippe Buedo, Technical Delegate of WTF presented at the event said himself that only red and blue headgears are allowed.
Another person from the WTF said this was uncalled for because it’s such a basic thing that nobody could see that would have broken. The issue needs to be readdressed.
It is not a rocket science to see carrying one white head gear make things much easier than carrying a red and a blue one. Rules are meant to be kept.
I am quoting the WTF COMPETITION RULES & INTERPRETATION HERE.
Article 2 Application
The Competition Rules shall apply to all the competitions to be promoted and / or organized by the WTF, each Regional Union and member National Association. However, any member National Association wishing to modify some or any part of the Competition Rules must first gain the approval of the WTF.
First gain the approval:
Any organization desiring to make a change in any portion of the existing rules must submit to the WTF the contents of the desired amendment along with the reasons for the desired change. Approval for any changes in these rules must be received from the WTF one month prior to the scheduled competition.
Change of weight category, increase or decrease of the number of International Referees, change of positions for the inspector, recorder and commission doctor, etc. and duration of contest are subjects to be included in the category of items which may be modified after first gaining the approval of the WTF, however, such matters as valid points, warnings and deductions and the competition area are not to be changed under any circumstances whatever.
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