|[ Etc ] Most Number of Participants in the History of the Event for '2016 World Taekwondo Hanmadang'|
The ¡®2016 World Taekwonodo Hanmadang¡¯, hosted by Kukkiwon(President OH Hyun-deuk), the World Taekwondo Headquarters, has recorded the most participants in the history of the event.
After closing the receiving applications on July 1st, a final count revealed that this event had the most participants, with 4,753 participants from 60 countries.
Excluding Korea, the participants according to the continents are 822 from Asia, 47 from the Americas, 49 from Europe, 55 from Africa, and 29 from Oceania. The country with the most participants is China with 297 participants.
Kukkiwon has improved the system so that application and payments for the Hanmadang can all be made online, which resolves the incoveniences that participatns had faced when applying at the site. Furthermore, as the Hanmadang event is held at Kukkiwon, which has over 40 years of history, we are doing our best to prepare for the event with safety as the foremost priority.
Particularly, since the contest is held at hottest period of the year, we are getting everything fully ready, including preparing TFS tents use as waiting rooms for the athletes and securing air conditioning. Additionally, to minimize the congestion around the contest venue, the traffic will be totally closed at the Yeoksam Cultural Park, where Kukkiwon is located, from August 2nd to August 6th.
As there have been requests from Taekwondo practitioners to participate in the women¡¯s Gyeokpa(breaking), women¡Çs Yeop-chagi(side kick)/Dwi-chagi(back kick) Gyeokpa has been newly added to this year¡Çs Hanmadang individual events. The Hanmadang contest will be broadcast live through Kukkiwon Homepage(http://www.kukkiwon.or.kr).
This event will be even more meaningful as Kukkiwon¡Çs World Taekwondo Grand Master Society, composed of 9th Dan masters, will display Poomsae and self-defense martial arts the opening ceremony.
This year¡Çs Hanmadang event will be held at Kukkiwon on August 3rd(Wed.) - August 6th(Sat.), and the preliminary round of the domestic All-round Breaking will be held on July 31st(Sun.) prior to the Hanmadang event.