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Korea's traditional martial arts Taekwondo embraced new rules for more dynamic matches.


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Athletes need to keep attacking as defensive movements lead them to lose a point. They will also get a warning if they intentionally fall down to avoid attacks and lose a point when they stack up two warnings and may even be disqualified to continue the match once they get 10 warnings.

“We have tried to renovate Taekwondo to make the sport live up to the international standard,” said Kang Seok-jae, deputy secretary general of the World Taekwondo Federation. “The federation has changed the rules and diversified the range of point that athletes can get from an attack, encouraging them to be more aggressive throughout each game.”

He added all the sports need improvement for survival at international competitions.

“Sports need to consider spectators. Rules need to be fairer and guarantee more entertainment for them and athletes should try hard to adapt to the changes,” he said.

 

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Source:  The Korea Times

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