WTF official would be ‘surprised’ to see protests

By: Associated Press | UPDATED: Jul 25, 3:19p ET

“LONDON (AP) — Taekwondo’s new electronic scoring system is expected to help eliminate any chance of controversy at the Olympics. … The martial art was plagued by scoring issues at the Beijing Olympics, and the results of one heavyweight women’s fight were overturned.… Read the rest

TAEKWONDO CHANGES RULES, HOPES FOR BEST

Associated Press | UPDATED JUL 17, 2012 10:18 PM ET

“LONDON (AP) The biggest fight in taekwondo may be finished before the Olympics even begin. Top-ranked British star Aaron Cook is examining his legal options after GB Taekwondo decided to exclude him from the Olympic team in favor of rival Lutalo Muhammad, who is ranked 104th.

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T for Taekwondo: Stamper authority on high-octane martial art

Martin Stamper is a potential medal winner at London 2012

The Sun | Published: 17th July 2012 | By IAN GORDON

“MARTIN STAMPER is one of four taekwondo fighters in the Team GB squad along with Sarah Stevenson, Jade Jones and Lutalo Muhammad. … Stamper, who competes in the -68kg division, won bronze at last year’s World Championships and did the same again at the 2012 Europeans in Manchester to book his first Olympic appearance.… Read the rest

Olympics-South Koreans fear being branded taekwondo traitors

Reuters | By Peter Rutherford | Thu May 24, 2012 2:29am EDT

“May 24 (Reuters) – South Korean taekwondo competitors going for gold at the London Olympics know the price of failure will be extreme. Such is Koreans’ pride in their national sport that coming home without a gold medal would be tantamount to treason.… Read the rest

McPherson clinches Olympic taekwondo berth at OTC

DOUG FITZGERALD, THE GAZETTE

“The fourth of five adopted children of a Sturgis, S.D., family, Paige McPherson smiles when she points out there are more cattle in South Dakota than people. There’s also at least one Olympian. … McPherson made that last part true when she qualified for the 2012 U.S.… Read the rest

London 2012: Technology transforms taekwondo for Olympics

Taekwondo fighters demonstrate the new technology

By Jessica Creighton

“The type of contentious judging decision that almost saw British taekwondo star Sarah Stevenson unfairly eliminated from the 2008 Olympics could be a thing of the past. … It has taken over two years but the sport might have finally revolutionised its controversial scoring system.… Read the rest

Olympic Taekwondo Ditches Sport’s Traditions

“… Taekwondo’s governing body rewrote the rules last year to award fighters more points for head shots. Since then, many of the best players now often throw fancy spinning and jumping kicks that were once seen only occasionally. … Some taekwondo purists say the changes have gone too far and argue the Olympic-style fighting bears no resemblance to the martial art’s origins in Korea.… Read the rest

Taekwondo Tests Systems Pre-London

Associated Press

“… Taekwondo may be known mostly for its flashy kicks and acrobatic jumping, but it was the sport’s disputed scoring system that gained the spotlight at the 2008 Beijing Olympics… To avoid getting thrown out of the Olympics, the sport’s governing body completely overhauled its antiquated system of scoring punches and kicks… At this weekend’s British Open, an international taekwondo competition in Manchester, officials will be fine-tuning the new electronic scoring and video replay systems.… Read the rest