taekwondo

Having canceled this year's world championships back in May due to the Covid-19 pandemic, World Taekwondo, the governing body of Olympic taekwondo, announced they will be holding the first ever Online World Taekwondo Poomsae (forms) Championships starting November 15.

The tournament will have divisions for those who are members of their country's national team but also for regular students of the same family who can compete in multi-generational pairs or teams of three. Competitors can perform the poomsae in their own homes and submit videos of them for scoring by judges.

Ahmed Fouly of Egypt, Vice President of World Taekwondo, has passed away at the age of 70. Besides being president of the Egyptian Taekwondo Federation, Fouly had also been President of World Taekwondo Africa.

Chungwon Choue, President of World Taekwondo, credited Fouly with the rise of African taekwondo competitors on the world stage noting the five medals African athletes won at the 2016 summer Olympics. Prior to this, the continent had never had more than one medal winner for taekwondo at any Olympics. Fouly, who'd been Vice President of World Taekwondo since 2004, had suffered a severe heart attack last month with his condition deteriorating since then.