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WT plans to use state-of-the-art 4-D cameras at Tokyo 2020Upgrade athletes' uniform... ‘To prove the superiority of taekwondo’

World Taekwondo(WT) plans to use cutting-edge 4-D cameras that provide 360-degree at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

In addition, new taekwondo uniforms, which have enhanced the philosophy and functionality of taekwondo, will be shown in the end of 2018 international competitions.

WT President Chung-won Choue has revealed a roadmap of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at WT headquarters in Seoul.

Especially, taekwondo and Japan’s karate will have an uncompromising match at the Olympics, as karate has been picked for inclusion as an official 2020 Olympic event.

The new E-Body protector and taekwondo suit Test Event was held during the World Taekwondo Grand-Prix Rabat 2017 in Morocco.

"WT is working to adopt the new video technology at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for its accurate video review system and fancy kick highlights in taekwondo competitions.

A video replay time will be shortened, improving the visual quality of images and removing blind spots in bouts.

"We plan to show videos that include 360-degree images, adding more cameras," President Choue said. "It will cost quiet big money, but a time for video replay will be shortened, providing 360-degree images and removing blind spot of courts."

WT is planning to test the 4D cameras at the Grand Slam Champions Series in Wuxi, which will be held every Saturday from December 30, 2017.

WT plans to upgrade the design of taekwondo uniforms, which have made its first change at the 2016 Rio Olympic.

The organization already started upgrading the modern taekwondo uniforms with enhanced functionality while maintaining the uniqueness of taekwondo to improve its image.

The competition rules are supposed to revise for more exciting games at the next WT Council meeting, which will be held in Tunisia in April 2018.

On the other hand, WT did not accept a Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee's proposal that how to arrange the schedule of taekwondo events on the last half of the Olympics.

Taekwondo and karate are supposed to be held at the end of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games from July 24 to August 9, 2020.

Taekwondo will be held at the Makuhari Messe Convention Center in Chiba City, which is about an hour's drive from central Tokyo, and Karate is held at the Budokan in Tokyo.

It seems a strategic decision of the Tokyo Organising Committee to avoid confrontation between similar sports.

"Taekwondo is a much more competitive sport for the Olympics, and our executives wanted to show its superiority." Choue said.

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