WORLD CUP REPORT BY KATARZYNA ROZWADOWSKA FROM POLAND

WORLD CUP REPORT BY KATARZYNA ROZWADOWSKA FROM POLAND

The 4th edition of the ITF World Cup took place in Brighton, England from 4th – 7th October 2012. This grand event was organised by Vision Taekwon-Do Association with Mr Philip Lear as  head of the organising committee. The worldwide top-ranked tournament has been organised every two years since 2004. The first edition was held in Orlando (the USA), the second in Benidorm (Spain), and the third in Riva del Garda (Italy). Sadly, the fourth ITF World Cup in 2010 in Las Vegas was cancelled due to the tragic death of GM Tran Trieu Quan, and the Open European Cup was organised in Bratislava, Slovakia as an alternative.

For a few days Brighton superbly hosted 1557 competitors, 75 Officials, 83 Umpires, 383 coaches (which was not the actual number of coaches, as some of them were also registered as competitors), and about 500 supporters from 44 countries (143 schools/clubs/associations). Brighton, also known as “Little London” or “London-by-the-sea”, is an exciting and lively City on the south coast (Sussex) of Great Britain and it was a great choice to gather more than 2.500 Taekwon-Do fans.

The Registration, Weigh In Procedure, Umpire Meeting, and Coach Meeting took place on Wednesday, 3rd October. Also, the International Taekwon-Do Federation Congress was held on Wednesday evening.

The next day, Thursday, 4th of October, the 4th ITF World Cup began. The event was host in the largest conference and exhibition centre in southern England, the Brighton Centre. The sports hall was decorated with flags of all 44 countries taking part in this immense competition, ITF World Cup’s banners with the official logo, and a few standing banners with TKD action pictures taken at the last European Championships in Maribor, Slovenia. Two huge pictures of General Choi and the ITF logo were hanging above the main table. Between them a large LED screen was placed to relay the events taking place on the centre ring and the major area during the Opening Ceremony.


The Ceremony began when the Town Crier rang the bell and the President of the ITF, GM Pablo Trajtenberg, Grandmasters, Masters, and special guests entered the sports hall with huge applause of the audience. Following his welcoming speech, given in an unusual manner, the representatives of all participating countries paraded round the hall, and all participants were kindly welcomed by the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Bill Randall. GM Pablo Trajtenberg, President of the ITF, in his opening speech greeted all participants and guests, presented Masters and Grand Masters and thanked them for their hard work and dedication to the ITF, and wished good luck to all competitors. He also announced and presented 9th Degree for Master Orello Ellis from England, who became a first Grand Master in ITF England. Mr Gary Glaysher added so much splendour to the Opening Ceremony magnificently singing “Jerusalem”, the English national anthem, and “Nessun Dorma”. 

         

Following the Opening Ceremony, the sporting rivalry began. Each of the 10 rings prepared for the event with electronic open scoring system was also televised live, which is a commendable technical feat. All the families and friends from all around the world who couldn’t come to Brighton could watch the competition online. Additionally, the centre ring had two cameras with a big LED screen situated above the main table. This screen was also used to display short video clips for the audience which explained the most important rules of Taekwon-Do ITF competition, the competition schedule, and some announcements.

Next to the competition area a large warm-up area with the seafront view was situated. On the ground floor in the entrance hall were located Top Ten and Fuji stands, and the stand with The ITF World Cup official merchandise. At this table everyone could also buy a special wristbands  the proceeds  of which helped to raise money to popularise Taekwon-Do in Africa.  A specially prepared table for the author of the book “A killing Art”, Mr Alex Gillis, was also arranged in the entrance hall. Mr Gillis signed his book and spoke to a great many people interested in his fascinating book based on the history of Taekwon-Do. Another table was set up for Mr Lukas Grygiel promoting the Black Belt Project – a great first multimedia program for learning Taekwon-Do ITF (http://www.itfeurope.org/NL2011-04-29.html).

Following the seminar with the “Best of the Best” stars Philip and Simon Rhee an amazingly fantastic Gala with the Finals for chosen categories took place on Saturday night. The wonderful atmosphere in the sports hall was a marvellous experience for everyone. An unbelievably noisy crowd showed readiness making a Mexican wave and screaming names of their countries. GM Trajtenberg opened the Gala. He also invited Master Paul Weiler from Germany, Senior Vice-President of the ITF onto the stage to spread the word about his mission in Africa, because, as the President said, “We are not only the fighters, we also help people”. The sparring bouts were interspersed with a fantastic demonstration by Emma Elms, a star of “Got to Dance” and the final of traditional sparring (18-35 black belt category). It is still possible to watch this great night – a professional DVD from the ITF World Cup Finals’ Gala and the Opening Ceremony can be purchased at http://www.shopitfworldcup2012.com/.

The Umpire Committee consisting of the Chairman, Master Alberto Katz and the Members, Master Sandy Dunbar and Master Kurt Ottesen, and the Tournament Committee including Chairman Master Coos van de Heuvel and the Members Master Giovanni Cecconato and Master Harry Vones worked very hard before and during the tournament. Their main task was to prepare the ring councils (the Umpire Committee) and the competition schedule (the Tournament Committee). During the tournament they had to make sure that everything was going according to plan, support and advice the ring councils, and decide protests.

The atmosphere of the whole tournament was really great. Many exciting bouts during four days of sporting rivalry proved a very high level of the competitors. They also demonstrated a high level of courtesy, perseverance, and indomitable spirit. They had to be focused and very disciplined due to a very high number of competitors and the fact that the schedule of the competition was extremely tight. Unbelievably high number of participants extended every day of the competition for about 1-2 hours.

During the Closing Ceremony on Sunday evening Master Alberto Katz, Chairman of the Umpire Committee, thanked all referees for their hard work during the tournament.

Mr Philip Lear, the Organiser of the 4th ITF World Cup, thanked his Vision team for their hard work for the last months, his wife Elly for her help and support, and the medic staff who took care of all the people in need of medical help during the competition.

 

Following the speech of Grand Master Pablo Trajtenberg, the team from Jamaica performed a demonstration to the rhythm of Bob Marley’s music, which was a foretaste of what awaits us in Jamaica in two years time at the next World Cup in 2014.

A sincere thanks for the Umpire and the Tournament Committees who did an excellent job dealing with the unbelievably high number of competitors, coaches, and referees.
Appreciation and a sincere thanks should also go to the Umpire team for their hard work throughout the long days during the tournament.
Special thanks to the competitors and the coaches for their presence and a number of impressive bouts.
Big thanks for a support from ITF sponsors Fuji Mae, Top Ten, To Pro, Vivobarefoot, the Brighton Wheel, and the main sponsor - Presteigne Charter, the company that provided all of the cameras and TV equipment.
Grateful thanks and sincere congratulations to the Organiser Mr Philip Lear and his Vision Team for a first-rate organisation and making the 4th ITF World Cup an unforgettable event for more than two thousand people present in Brighton.

The 4th ITF World Cup finished with an immense party in the Oceana Nightclub (http://www.oceanaclubs.com/brighton/the-club/rooms), where the Taekwon-Do friends met for a chat, dance, and a drink. 

Results of the 4th World Cup in Brighton, England:

In General Medal Classification for National Teams on the winner’s podium climbed:
1 – Irish Taekwon-Do Association (Ireland) - 23 gold, 17 silver, 33 bronze;                                                                                                         
2 – ITKD New Zealand (New Zealand) - 18 gold, 15 silver, 13 bronze;
3 – FETRA (Argentina) – 14 gold, 7 silver, 20 bronze.

General Medal Classification for Clubs/Schools:
1 – Klub Sportowy DRAGON (Poland) – 8 gold, 9 silver, 11 bronze;
2 – Vision Taekwon-Do (England) – 7 gold, 5 silver, 12 bronze;
3 – Taekwon-Do Dolny Slask (Poland) – 6 gold, 2 silver, 4 bronze. 

General Countries Classification:

Place

Country

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Number of competitors

1.

Poland

24 (2)

21 (2)

29 (1)

97

2.

Ireland

19 (5)

17 (1)

34

157

3.

Argentina

17 (4)

14 (6)

34 (2)

185

4.

New Zealand

15 (3)

15

13

54

5.

England

13 (4)

13 (4)

29 (3)

161

6.

Scotland

12

16 (1)

15

105

7.

Russian Federation

11

7

10

56

8.

Norway

10

15

28

162

9.

Romania

6

5

8

17

10.

Sweden

5

1

6

36

11.

Finland

4 (2)

7

9

52

12.

Germany

3 (1)

7

11

51

13.

The Netherlands

3

4

9

37

14.

Canada

3

3

10

68

15.

Japan

3 (2)

1

9

24

16.

Belgium

3 (1)

1

4

6

17.

Hungary

3

0

5

11

18.

Slovenia

2

2

7

26

19.

Moldova

2

0

1

5

20.

Israel

1

3

7 (1)

49

21.

Uzbekistan

1 (1)

2

3

33

22.

Italy

1

2

2

11

23.

Greece

1

1

3

8

24.

Jamaica

1

1

0

15

25.

France

1

0

0

5

25.

Wales

1

0

0

2

26.

United States

0

4 (3)

6

44

27.

Kazakhstan

0

1

0

4

27.

Slovakia

0

1

0

8

27.

Ukraine

0

1

0

1

28.

Hong Kong

0

0

2

13

28.

Kyrgyzstan

0

0

2

20

28.

Spain

0

0

2

4

28.

Switzerland

0

0

2

11

29.

Colombia

0

0

1

10

30.

Australia

0

0

0

1

30.

Austria

0

0

0

1

30.

Georgia

0

0

0

1

30.

Grenada

0

0

0

1

30.

India

0

0

0

2

30.

Nepal

0

0

0

2

30.

United Arab Emirates

0

0

0

1

 

All Medals given

165 (25)

165 (17)

301 (7)

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Numbers of medals in divisions that are not taken into account in general classification enclosed in parentheses (with less than 4 competitors).

More Classifications, Statistics, and detailed Reports at http://wcup2012.pztkd.lublin.pl/index.php 

 




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