Sunday, January 18, 2004
From Sept. 24th until Sept. 28th the Taekwondo World Championships 2003 took place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen/Germany. According to WTF a total number of 830 athletes from 100 nations participated in that event. Five days of competition saw many high class bouts between the world's best Taekwondo players. Korea won the total medal ranking as usual, but the gap between the leading Taekwondo country of the world and other countries has been closed further. Results in several weight categories show that even Koreans can lose in the preliminaries. The full list of results can be seen here.
WTF has held it's regular General Assembly and a number of changes in the competition rules have been accepted by the GA which will be applied to all upcoming events from the Olympic Qualification Tournament in Paris (Dec. 2003) on. Spain was selected as host country for the next World Championships in 2005. ETU held several meetings in the course of the World Championships and members of ETU committees discussed matters of importance regarding their field.
Besides some minor troubles in the field of organization this World Championships will be remembered as another pearl in the chain of successful international championships of WTF.