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Taekwondo Competition of 1st SportAccord Combat Games to Take Place in Beijing Sept. 2
The taekwondo competition of the inaugural SportAccord Combat Games will be held in Beijing, China on Sept. 2, 2010.

The one-day taekwondo competition of the 1st SportAccord Combat Games, which will take place at the University of Science and Technology Beijing Gymnasium, will draw a total of 59 athletes from 27 countries.

The participating 30 male and 29 female athletes, who were mostly selected by the WTF based on the WTF world ranking, will compete for top honors in four male and four female Olympic weight categories. The four male weight divisions are -58kg, -68kg, -80kg and +80kg; while the four female weight categories are -49kg, -57kg, -67kg and +67kg.

The inaugural SportAccod Combat Games feature 13 sports, including four Olympic sports of taekwondo, judo, boxing and wrestling. The other nine non-Olympic combat sports are aikido, ju-jitsu, karate, kendo, kickboxing, muaythai, sambo, sumo and wushu.

As a special program for the spectators, the WTF Taekwondo Presentation Team will make three demonstrations at the competition venue from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

An instant video replay system will be used for the taekwondo competition of the SportAccord Combat Games, together with a electronic protector and scoring system (PSS).

All the contests will take place at two courts of a size of 8 meters by 8 meters, with a single elimination format. Two bronze medals will be awarded to the losers in the semifinals.

Each contest will consist of three rounds of two minutes, with one-minute intervals between rounds. In the case of a tied score after the 3rd round, there will be a fourth, sudden-death overtime round. In the case of a tied score after the 4th round, the winner shall be decided by all the refereeing officials on the basis of superiority. The decision on superiority shall be based on the initiative shown during the fourth round.

One referee and four judges will manage the contest. For an effective attack to the trunk, a competitor earns one point. For a successful turning kick to the trunk protector, the competitor earns two points, while a competitor will earn three points for an effective foot attack to the head.

There are two types of penalties: warning, or Kyong-go, and deduction, or Gam-jeom. Two warnings or one deduction penalty lead to the addition of one point to the opposing contestant. If a contestant accumulates four deduction penalties, or eight warnings, during a contest, the contest is stopped and his or her opponent is declared the winner by the referee.

In the event of mistakes in calculating the match score or misidentifying a contestant, the coach can lodge an official protest. Protests must be lodged within 10 minutes of the conclusion of the contest. The Competition Supervisory Board will deliver its findings within 15 minutes.

In case there is an objection to a judgment regarding scoring, penalties or misapplication of Competition Rules, each coach can make a request to the center referee for an immediate review of the video replay. After receiving the request, the review jury will review the pertinent situation on video replay and has to make a decision within two minutes.

If the appeal is successful, the center referee will correct the judgment and the coach will retain the review request quota. Each coach shall have one chance to appeal per contest. If the appeal is not successful, the coach can not appeal again in the same match. The number of requests a coach can make all through the competition is limited to only one. The decision of the Review Jury is final, and no further appeals will be accepted during or after the contest.






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