Category: Taekwondo

Iran’s female Olympic medalist seeks new life in Germany

LÜNEN, Germany (AP) — Iran’s only female Olympic medalist said Friday she wants to compete for Germany after defecting from her native country, calling herself “one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran.” Kimia Alizadeh is trying to rebuild her life and career after she announced this month she had left Iran, citing sexism…

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World Taekwondo Demonstration Team Perfoms at Italia’s Got Talent

The World Taekwondo Demonstration Team impressed the judges at Italia’s Got Talent audition, as judge Mara Maionchi secured the team’s automatic place in the final by pressing the golden buzzer. The Demonstration Team wowed the 2,000 spectators that filled the theater, who showed their  appreciation and excitement at the mastery of the power and skill…

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Iran’s Only Female Olympic Medalist Defects

Iran’s only female Olympic medalist has defected from the Islamic Republic calling herself “one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran.” Taekwondo athlete Kimia Alizadeh posted a letter on Instagram as Iran’s semiofficial ISNA news agency said she had fled to the Netherlands. She criticized wearing the mandatory hijab headscarf and accused officials in…

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The Fight Against Doping by Russian Athletes

As the saga of the doping by Russian athletes enters its fifth year, new leadership at the World Anti-Doping Agency will take over. Witold Banka takes over January 1 as president of WADA. Elected to the post in November, the Polish minister of sport is succeeding Craig Reedie, who is retiring from the IOC in…

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International Hockey Federation to Partner with Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation

International Hockey Federation (FIH) have become the latest international federation to sign an agreement with the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF). A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by World Taekwondo, the THF, the FIH and The Hockey Foundation to mark Olympic Day. World Taekwondo and THF chair Chungwon Choue joined FIH President Narinder Dhruv Batra for the…

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Repetitive Impacts and Sports-Associated Concussions

Scientists at Trinity College Dublin have announced a significant advance in our understanding of mild head trauma (concussive brain injury) and how it may be managed and treated in the future. It seems that repetitive impacts — as opposed to single events — cause the all-important damage to blood vessels in the brain. Mild head…

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