WTF Competition Rules

Standing procedure for Taekwondo competition of the Olympic Games

1. Purpose

The purpose of this Standing Procedure is to manage fairly and smoothly all matters pertaining to Taekwondo competition of the Olympic Games on the basics of the WTF Competition Rules.


2. Competition Area

The Competition Area for the Olympic Games shall be installed on a platform 1m high from the base, and the outer part of the Boundary Line shall be over 2m wide, being inclined with a gradient of less than 30 degrees from point of over 2m from the Boundary Line, for the safety of the contestants.


3. Weight Divisions

Weight divisions of the Olympic Games are divided as follow.

Male division
Female division
Under 58kg
Not exceeding 58kg
Under 49kg
Not exceeding 49kg
Under 68kg
Over 58kg& not exceeding 68kg
Under 57kg
Over 49kg& not exceeding 57kg
Under 80kg
Over 68kg & not exceeding 80kg
Under 67kg
Over 57kg& not exceeding 67kg
Over 80kg
Over 80kg
Over 67kg
Over 67kg



4. Head of Team Meeting and Drawing Lots

4.1 Head of team meeting and drawing lots shall be conducted under control of the Technical Delegate of the WTF jointly with the Olympic Organizing Committee within 3 days prior to the first competition.

4.2 Drawing lots may be conducted before the head of tea meeting in consideration of the TV relay, etc. as the case may be.


5. Competition Method

5.1 Taekwondo competition of the Olympic Games shall be conducted in a single elimination tournament systems with double repechage for the 3rd place. The double repechange shall be conducted among all losers of the contestants on the final match.

5.2 In case of a tie score in a final match for the champion, the 4th round of three minutes will be conducted with the sudden death overtime system. Any points, Gam-jeom, Kyong-go or superiority of the last three rounds shall not be calculated in the 4th round. When a contestant receives one time of Gam-jeom in the 4th round, the opponent shall be declared as the winner. In the event of still tie score by no point, the winner shall be decide by the Referee on the superiority of the 4th round in accordance with the criteria of superiority prescribed in Article 15 of the WTF Competition Rules.


6. Protest

6.1 In the event that there is an objection to a judgment, the coach or manager of the pertinent team may submit a protest application to the Arbitration Board together with the fee of US$300 within 10 minutes after the pertinent match.

6.2 The Arbitration Board shall deliver its finding on the deliberation


7. Test Event

Test event will be held for the specific purpose of inspection over the facilities, technical and organizational matters for the Taekwondo competition of the Olympic games. In principle, those countries that have been qualified for participation in Taekwondo competition of the Olympic games can take part on the Test Event; however, the WTF may select the participating countries as the case may be.


8. Criteria for Quota Allocation for the Olympic Games

8.1 Taekwondo Qualification Tournament and Regional Taekwondo Qualification Tournament will be conducted for quota allocation of the participating contestants for the Olympic games, the total number of which will be agreed between the IOC and the WTF. A country may enter maximum 2 males and 2 females with one contestant per weight category for the Sydney Olympic Games.

8.2 All weight categories will be allocated to the host country of the Olympic games.

8.3 The number of invitations (wildcards) shall be agreed between the IOC and the WTF, and 4 male for 4 weight categories will be allocated IOC/ANOC/WTF Tripartite Commission for the Sydney Olympic Games.

8.4 The qualified weight categories at the Taekwondo Qualification Tournament and the Regional Taekwondo Qualification Tournament are attributed th the pertinent national Taekwondo Association in those categories of the Olympic Games, not necessarily to the contestants who have participated in the Tournaments.

8.5 Taekwondo Qualification Tournament

8.5.1 A national Association may participate in maximum 2 male and 2 female weight categories to be qualified for participation in the Sydney Olympic Games

8.5.2 At the Taekwondo Qualification Tournament,4 male and 4 female contestants ranking 1st, 2nd 3rd(2) in each weight category will be selected for the Olympic Games.

8.5.3 5th and 6th places in each weight category will be selected as the substitute contestants for the case of any disqualified contestants out of four winners in each weight category due to a breach of the Doping Regulation

8.5.4 Certificates of the weight categories qualified for the Olympic Games will be issued to the pertinent national Associations, and certificates of substitute of each weight category will be given to the pertinent 5th and 6th countries.

8.6 Regional Taekwondo Qualification Tournament

8.6.1 Each of 4 Regional Taekwondo Unions of Asia, Europe, Pan America and Africa shall conduct the Regional Taekwondo Qualification Tournament, and the quota for each region will be allocated by the WTF.

8.6.2 The distribution of the regional quota for the Sydney Olympic Games is based on the number of member countries belonging to each Regional Taekwondo Union. For Asian, European and Pan American regions, 2 contestants ranking 1st to 2nd on each male and female weight category will be qualified for the Sydney Olympic Games, totaling 8 males and 8 females per region, and 1 female in each weight category will be qualified, totaling 4 male 4 female for African region.

8.6.3 One substitute contest in each weight category-3rd place by weight category for Asia, Europe and Pan America, 2nd place for Africa- will be selected for the case of any disqualified contestants as result of doping test.

8.6.4 a national Association may participate in maximum 2 males and 2 females with one contestant per weight category other than weight categories already qualified at the Taekwondo Qualification Tournament, however, the number of already qualified contestants shall be taken from the maximum quota of w males and 2 females for participation in Regional Taekwondo Qualification Tournament.


9. Doping Test


9.1 The IOC Doping Regulations will be applied to Taekwondo competition of the Olympic Games, and the doping test will be taken to Taekwondo Qualification Tournament and Regional Taekwondo Qualification Tournament in accordance with the WTF Regulations for Doping Control

9.2 The medal doping test at Taekwondo Qualification Tournament will be carried out to all the 4 winner ranking 1st to 3rd of each weight category, and any winner who proves to have committed a breach of the WTF Regulations for Doping Control shall be removed from the final standing with deprival of qualification, and the substitute contestant from 5th in order will be replaced.


9.3 In case of Regional Taekwondo Qualification Tournament in Asia, Europe and Pan America, the doping test will be taken to the 2winners ranking 1st to 2nd of each weight category, while 1st winner only of each weight category in case of Africa. The qualification of any winner who proves to have committed a breach of the WTF Regulations for Doping Control shall be deprived, and the substitute contestant from 3rd in order in case of Asia, Europe and Pan America will be replaced. In the same case of Africa, 2nd winner will be substituted.


9.4 The substitute constants of Taedwondo Qualification Tournament may participate in case in the same weight category at Regional Taekwondo Qualification tournament in case that the results on the doping test will not com out till then. When the analysis results turn out to be positive against the WTF regulations for Doping Control, the contestant (5th first) will be substituted. In the case that the substituted contestant has been also qualified at the Regional Tournament shall be transferred to the contestant next in line in the competition standings.


10. Fill-Up Quota Procedure

10.1 If a national Association qualified through the Taekwondo Qualification Tournament relinquishes a qualification slot at the Olympic Games, the WTF shall exercise its own discretion to relocate the place on the basis of IOC/ANOC/WTF Tripartite Commission Invitation System.

10.2 If a national Association qualified through a Regional Taekwondo Qualification Tournament relinquishes a qualification slot at the Olympic Games, the place shall be allocated to the national Association next in line in the Tournament.


10.3 In the case of unavailability to allocate to the national Association next in line as prescribed in above 10.2, the WTF shall exercise its authority to allocate the place.

11. Those national Associations qualified for participation in the Olympic Games shall take necessary measures through the pertinent National Olympic Committees so that the entry of the qualified weight category can be submitted to the Olympic Organizing Committee.


12. Those matters not prescribed in this bye-law will be dealt with in accordance with the WTF Rules and Regulations, Competition Rules, Rules on Organization and Operation of International Taekwondo Championships. And a resolution of the WTF Executive Council, when necessary.