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Korea Open is finally ready to go

Korea Open is finally ready to go

With only two days in advance, it finally seems that everything is ready for the start of the 7th edition of the Korea Open. This year’s International Taekwondo Championships will be held in the city of Gyeongju between next Thursday October the 25th and Sunday October the 30th with an estimated participation of 2,000 athletes, 300 of them International, from 30 different countries. After a long wait, a decision has been made today regarding the protection and scoring system that is going to be used in the competition: the WTF and KP&P have just signed the agreement for the approval of KP&P’s system and this will be the one implemented by the Korean Taekwondo Association in the event.
The KTA had already ran the referee training using KP&P’s system, but this wasn’t recognized by the WTF until today’s signing. That means that since this morning, all fighters, coaches and other people involved in the Championships are finally aware of which system is going to be used to help the referees decide the final score of the combats.
The city council of Gyeongju and the KTA have also signed an agreement that will enable this city to host the Korean Open for three consecutive editions, that is every two years until 2016. With the signing of this contract, the city of Gyeongju confirms itself as a key player of Taekwondo’s world scene, having already successfully organized the World Taekwondo Championships in 2011.

Gyeongju 2011 World Championships opening ceremony


The competition, a G-2 event that will award the winner of each modality with 20 points in the WTF rankings, will have different kind of draws in the Senior category: Senior 1’s draw will have both Korean and International contestants battling between each other for the title, while Senior 2, Junior 1 and Junior 2 will differ between Korean and non-Korean fighters. 1st , 2nd and 3rd place winners in the Korean and Non-Korean parts of the Senior 2 draws will compete in the Champion’s Match, which will decide a unique winner following a single elimination system.
This is the confirmed schedule of the competition:
25, Oct.
Gyeorugi
– Senior 1 M : -58kg / F : -49kg
– Senior 2 M : -54kg / F : -46kg
– Junior 1 M : -53kg / F : -46kg
– Junior 2 M : -48kg / F : -49kg
Poomsae
– Individual M : Under 59 / F : Under 49
– Pair Under 29(Korean) / Over 29 (Korean)
26, Oct.
Gyeorugi
– Senior 1 M : -80kg / F : -53kg, -67kg
– Senior 2 M : -63kg, -87kg / F : -57kg
– Junior 1 M : -45kg, -49kg / F : -40kg, -49kg
– Junior 2 M : -45kg, -59kg / F : -42kg, -52kg
Poomsae
– Individual M : Under 39 / F : Under 59
– Pair M : Under 29 (Korean) / F : Over 29 (Korean)
27, Oct.
Gyeorugi
– Senior 1 M : -68kg / F : -57kg, -62kg
– Senior 2 M : -68kg / F : -53kg, -62kg
– Junior 1 M : -41kg, -61kg / F : -55kg, -58kg
– Junior 2 M : -51kg, -55kg / F : -55kg, -68kg
Poomsae
– Individual M : Under 29 / F : Under 17
– Team M : Over 29 (Korean) / F : Under 29 (Korean)
– Pair Under 29 (Non-Korean)
28, Oct.
Gyeorugi
– Senior 1 M : -54kg, -74kg / F : -46kg
– Senior 2 M : -58kg, -74kg / F : -67kg
– Junior 1 M : -57kg, -69kg / F : -43kg, -62kg, -70kg
– Junior 2 M : -68kg, -78kg / F : -44kg, -59kg
Poomsae
– Individual M : Under 17, Over 59 / F : Under 39, Over 59
– Team M : Under 29 (Non-Korean) / F : Over 29 (Non-Korean)
– Pair Over 29 (Non-Korean)
29, Oct.
Gyeorugi
– Senior 1 M : -63kg, -87kg / F : -73kg
– Senior 2 M : -80kg / F : -49kg, -73kg
– Junior 1 M : -65kg, -73kg, -77kg / F : -52kg, -66kg
– Junior 2 M : -63kg, -73kg / F : -46kg, -63kg
Poomsae
– Individual M : Under 49 / F : Under 29
– Team M : Over 29 (Non-Korean) / F : Under 29 (Non-Korean)
Champion’s Match
30, Oct.
Gyeorugi
– Senior 1 M : +87kg / F : +73kg
– Senior 2 M : +87kg / F : +73kg
– Junior 1 M : +77kg / F : +70kg
– Junior 2 M : +78kg / F : +68kg
Champion’s Match
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