Various Korean forms of martial arts have existed but in the early 20th century, taekwondo became the dominant form. In 1973, the Korean government recognised the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) as the legitimate governing body of the sport, and the first World Championships were held in that year. [Full story]
Tripartite Invitation places 4
|Sept. 28-30 2007||World Qualification Tournament for Beijing Olympic Games, Manchester, Great Britain|
|Nov. 15 2007||Deadline for the submission of requests for Tripartite Commission Invitation places by all NOCs|
|Nov. 2007-Jan. 2008||Continental Olympic Qualifying Events|
|Nov.1-3 2007||African Qualification Tournament for Beijing Olympic Games, Tripoli, Libya|
|Nov. 28-30 2007||Asian Qualification Tournament for Beijing Olympic Games, HCMC, Vietnam|
|Dec. 8-9 2007||Pan-American Qualification Tournament for Beijing Olympic Games, Noumea, New Caledonia|
|Jan. 26-27 2008||European Qualification Tournament for Beijing Olympic Games, Istanbul, Turkey|
|Early Feb. 2008||WTF to confirm qualification places for NFs/NOCs|
|Feb. 15 2008||Deadline for NOCs to inform the WTF of their intention to use the acquired quota places|
|Mar. 2008||WTF to confirm the reallocation of unused quota places|
|Before Jun. 30 2008||The Tripartite Commission will confirm, in writing, the allocation of Invitation places to the NOCs|
|Jul. 23 2008||Deadline for Beijing 2008 Organising Committee to receive entry forms submitted by NOCs|
Olympic Tournament for Men and Women
The following teams are entitled to take part in the Olympic Tournament for Men and Women:
|Host nation||The host nation will qualify a place in 2 events for men and in 2 events for women||Men: 2
|World Taekwondo Qualification Tournament||The first 3 placed athletes in the Olympic weight categories||Men: 12
|Continental Taekwondo Qualification Tournaments||48 places for men and 48 places for women will be
attributed at the Continental Qualification Tournaments as
Africa: 2 men and 2 women per weight category (8 men and 8 women in total)
Asia: 3 men and 3 women per weight category (12 men and 12 women in total)
Europe: 3 men and 3 women per weight category (12 men and 12 women)
Oceania: 1 man and 1 woman per weight category (4 men and 4 women)
Pan America: 3 men and 3 women per weight category (12 men and 12 women in total)
|Tripartite Commission Invitation||4 places will be allocated by the Tripartite Commission (gender not previously defined)||4|
Tripartite Commission Invitation places
DATES / PROCESS OF CONFIRMATION OF PLACES
The WTF shall confirm to NFs/NOCs the qualification places they have achieved within two weeks of the final qualification tournament, sometime in early February 2008. By 15 February 2008, the respective NOCs must confirm to the WTF the use of qualification places achieved at the 2007 World Taekwondo Qualification Tournament and the Continental Taekwondo Qualification Tournaments. By 31 March 2008, the WTF hopes to confirm the reallocation of any unused places.
REALLOCATION OF UNUSED QUOTA POSITIONS
If an NOC qualified through the World Taekwondo Qualification Tournament relinquishes a qualification slot, the place will be allocated to the NOC of the next highest placed athlete in the respective weight category.
If an NOC qualified through a Continental Taekwondo Qualification Tournament relinquishes a qualification slot, the place will be allocated to the NOC of the next highest placed athlete at this continental qualification tournament in the respective weight category.
If the host nation does not use the available qualification places, or the Tripartite Commission is not able to allocate the Invitation places, these places will be reallocated based on the results of the World Taekwondo Qualification Tournament.
(Updated on March 11, 2008)
The host nation will qualify a place in 2 events for men and in 2 events for women and has been qualified to participate in men's 80kg, +80kg and women's 49kg and +67kg.
(Updated on March 11, 2008)
|Qualification Seats||NOC Code|
|4 seats||VEN, USA, KOR, TUR|
|3 seats||BRA, GER, GBR, ITA, ESP|
|2 seats||NGR, MAR, CUB, FRA, CAN, COL, MEX, PUR, TPE, SWE, GRE|
|1 seat||LBA, EGY, GUI, TUN, DMA, HON, CRC, ARG, NED, SUI, NOR, ISR, CRO, POR, AZE|