KP&P's PSS, finally recognized by the WTF
After more than three years of testing, The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) finally decided to recognize the Protector and Scoring System (PSS) designed by the Korean company KP&P. The signing of the contract was formalized last October the 23rd at the WTF’s main office in Seongnam, only 2 days before the kick off of the Korea Open 2012, recently celebrated in Gyeongju.
The proximity between the signing and the start of the Open (only 2 days) can be interpreted as a result of KTA’s pressure on the WTF to use KP&P’s PSS at this year´s edition of the Korea Open, even more when you know that KP&P will not be able to sell the system until the end of January 2013. The wish of the WTF has always been trying to technically unify the different electronic systems in the market, so that the competitors don´t have to train following different methods to adapt themselves to the electronic systems. So that´s why KP&P`s PSS fast recognition is a bit confusing. Until last week, the only electronic system recognized by the WTF was Daedo’s PSS, which was recognized in 2010 after 5 years of testing and continuous improvement. Daedo attended all WTF demo tests since 2006 and was used at the London 2012 Olympics, which ended up being one of the best Taekwondo competitions ever.
The story of KP&P’s race for the recognition started back in 2009, when they presented its system for the first time during the 4th WTF demo test in Lausanne (Switzerland). One year later, on the 16th of December 2010, KP&P presented its PSS to the Korean Taekwondo Association(KTA), which has been using the system in some of its Opens since then. The Korean company did also successfully take part in the test event celebrated in Jeju (Korea) on the 22nd of January 2011, but saw how its path for the official recognition was suddenly stopped when a problem with the measuring of the impact power happened at the Korea National Junior Championships in Young Weul, hosted on the 10th of February 2012. After the incident, the WTF demanded a new test event to clarify if the system was ready to be used officially, which was done last September in Taebek, Korea.
The next chapter of the story after Taebek’s test was the signing of the recognition by the WTF and the official use of KP&P’s PSS during the Korea Open celebrated in Gyeongju until yesterday. So now the question is: What will happen with WTF’s desire of technically unifying all electronic systems? Its aim was to help athletes around the world knowing which training method to follow, not having to take into consideration the electronic system that was going to be used in their next tournament. So what about now? We’ll keep you updated.
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