The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session today confirmed Taekwondo’s place on the Olympic Games Los Angeles 2028 initial sports programme, marking the eighth consecutive time the sport has been part of the world’s greatest sporting event.
Taekwondo was confirmed alongside 27 other sports on the programme during the IOC Session in Beijing.
Speaking following the announcement, World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue said:
“We are delighted and honoured that once again we will have the pleasure of watching the world’s best Taekwondo athletes compete at the Olympic Games in LA. Taekwondo has come a long way since its Olympic debut at Sydney 2000 and it is now one of the most inclusive and exciting sports on the programme. We will continue to work hard together for a well-governed World Taekwondo and deliver fair and exciting competitions. At World Taekwondo we are committed to ensuring that Taekwondo is not just the most dynamic and appealing sport possible, but that it also continues to promote and instill values that contribute to a better society.”
Following Taekwondo’s debut at Sydney 2000, World Taekwondo has implemented a number of reforms and innovations to make the sport fairer, more transparent and more exciting.
From London 2012, the game-changing Protector and Scoring System (PSS) was introduced which ushered in a new era for Taekwondo, providing athletes with greater protection and greater certainty and transparency in officiating.