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A WTF Global License is a license issued to athletes, officials, and participants who want to participate in WTF-sanctioned tournaments. This policy applies to:

  • athletes and officials participating in WTF-promoted championships or Ranking-Point Tournaments (see below for definition)
  • all sparring and poomsae athletes, of all ages
  • all team officials, including coaches, team managers, and team medical personnel
  • for some tournaments (but not all tournaments), referees must also have a WTF Global License (each tournament is allowed to make this decision for that tournament)

Applicants for a WTF Global License must be able to prove:

  • Their nationality, using a birth certificate, passport, or other similar national ID
  • Their identity, using a passport, driver's license, or other government-issued ID
  • Proof of black belt, though it should be noted that this does not need to be a Kukkiwon-certified black belt (i.e., club-issued certificates are acceptable for obtaining a WTF Global License)

WTF Ranking-Point Tournaments Edit

A WTF-sanctioned tournament is called a Ranking-Point Tournament if athletes at the event will be awarded points within the WTF athlete ranking system.

  • Often such tournaments are called G-Rated Events or G-Ranked Events.
  • Sometimes however, the term G-Rated Event is reserved for individual competitions within a tournament. For example, sparring or poomsae will be referred to as G-Rated Events, whereas board-breaking is not.

To qualify as a Ranking-Point Tournament a tournament must meet certain standards, including:

  • Tournament details such as location, dates, competition categories, etc. must be approved by a WTF member union (such as the Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceana, and Pan-America Unions within the WTF)
  • Officials from WTF member unions (such as the union president, referees chairman, etc.) must be invited to the tournament (with travel costs covered by the tournament)
  • The tournament must perform anti-doping testing
  • The electronic systems used by the tournament must be approved by the WTF member union (for example, the online registration system, the tournament management system, the poomsae scoring system etc.)
  • All athletes competing in the event must hold WTF Global Licenses

Grade of TournamentEdit

Different kinds of Ranking-Point Tournaments are assigned a grade. For example:

Grade Event
G-20 Olympics
G-12 WTF World Taekwondo Championships
G-8 Grand Prix (GP) Final, WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships
G-4 Grand Prix (GP) Series, Continental Championships, and Continental multi-sport games that have a 4-year cycle, Continental Para-Taekwondo Championships
G-2 WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships, Universiade, CISM World Games, and WTF G2 tournaments such as the U.S. Open, Multi-sport events for para-athletes
G-1 World Military Championships, World University Championships, Multi-sport games (other than Continental multi-sport games with 4-year cycles), WTF G1 tournaments, WTF G1 para-taekwondo tournaments

The "G" value of a tournament is used to calculate how many points an athlete is awarded for winning at that tournment. For example the Olympics as a G-20 tournament is worth five times as many points to the athlete as a Continental Championship (a G-4 tournament)

Awarding Points to AthletesEdit

Points are awarded to an athlete according to the formula:

  • Rank of Athlete within the touranment x Grade of Tournament 

Where (generally):

  • The first-place athlete is said to have a "rank" of 10 within the tournament
  • The second-place athlete is said to have a rank of 6 within the tournament (60% of first-place)
  • The third-place athelete is said to have a rank of 3.6 within the tournament (60% of second-place)
  • The fourth-place athelete is said to have a rank of 2.16 within the tournament (60% of third-place)
  • Thereafter (generally) the percentage used is 70% rather than 60%

Example: An athlete places 3rd at a G-8 event. Then the athelete is awarded:

  • (10 points x 60% x 60%) x 8 = 28.8 points

The following table summarizes these calculations:

WTF Grade Ranking

Attrition of Athlete PointsEdit

When an athlete is awarded points at a Ranking-Point Tournament, those points remain attached to that athelete for four years. During a four-year period, pointed are deducted from the athletes rank after each completed year by 25% of the initial points. 

  • For example: If an athlete won 8 points at the Trelleborg Open on Feb 9 2014, then...
    • On February 28 2015, 25% of those points (2 points total) will be deducted from the athelete's rank
    • On February 28, 2016 another 2 points will be deducted
    • And so on, until by February 2018 no points remain from that tournament

Current WTF RankingsEdit

The current WTF rankings are available online at http://www.worldtaekwondofederation.net/ranking/

See Also Edit

References Edit

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