All set for the Rio 2016 Olympic Test Event – action starts tomorrow!
Barra Olympic Park will take another important step towards becoming fully operational this weekend as it stages the Taekwondo test event, which takes place on Saturday and Saturday.
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The Taekwondo tournament, which will feature will 64 athletes from 15 countries, will be the fourth test event to be staged at Carioca Arena 1 and the 25th out of a total of 45. During the Olympic Games in August, Taekwondo will be staged at the neighbouring Carioca 3, which is 98 per cent complete and having the finishing touches put to it.
Among the athletes who will compete this weekend are Japan’s Mayu Hamada, world champion in the -57kg category, and two-time +80kg world champion Dmitriy Shokin of Uzbekistan. Brazil’s top entry is Iris Silva Tang Sing, who is ranked fifth in the world among -49kg fighters.
Organised by Rio 2016 in partnership with the Brazilian Taekwondo Confederation (CBTKD), the test event will feature competitions in four of the eight Olympic categories: women’s -49kg and -57kg, and men’s -58kg and +80kg.
“This competition is the only opportunity for athletes to orient themselves with the future Olympic venue, and all Rio 2016 schedules, systems and processes that will be followed for the Olympic Games,” said Rio 2016 taekwondo manager Mark Kauffman.
The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) has taken steps since the London 2012 Olympic Games to make the sport more dynamic and spectator friendly. The combat area has been changed from a square to an octagon to promote more continuous action, while electronuic sensors designed by Spanish company Daedo in the protective headgear ensure a more transparent scoring system (PSS).
Other innovations for Rio will include efforts to increase spectator engagement, such as higher-energy athlete walk-ins featuring music, and a WTF demonstration team to showcase the sport during intervals in competition. With this in mind, the Rio 2016 sport presentation team will be active during the test event.
Other aspects that will be the focus of testing include competition area operations, the results system, volunteer and workforce training and doping control.