The World Taekwondo Council has confirmed to postpone the Wuxi 2021 World Taekwondo Championships at the request of the Wuxi government. The World Taekwondo Presidential and Council elections will go ahead as planned but will be conducted virtually.
The Council discussed that China’s current policy means that many teams would not be able to enter the country or would have to quarantine for weeks. It was therefore agreed with the Wuxi Government that it would not be viable to host the Championships this October. The decision to postpone the event was unanimously approved by the Council. A decision on the precise date will be taken in due course.
In the absence of the in-person General Assembly, World Taekwondo will hold virtual elections on October 11 using the industry-leading Lumi system, which has been reliably used by the IOC, ASOIF and many other International Federations over the last year and a half. The final deadline for applications for the elections is July 11. In order to ensure greater gender balance within the Council, at least one female member per Continental Union shall be elected. In addition, the female candidate who receives the highest vote shall be elevated to Vice President.
World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue said:
“It is with great disappointment that we have had to postpone the World Taekwondo Championships but it is the right decision to ensure the safety of all participants and an even playing field for our athletes. We look forward with added excitement to the World Championships in 2022.