The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) has decided to use the PSS from the Spanish brand Daedo at the inaugural WTF World Taekwondo Grand Prix, which will be held in Manchester (UK) between the 13th and 15th of December 2013.
Furthtermore, Daedo PSS has also been selected to complement the upcmonig edition of the World Team Cup, which will take place in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) from the 28th to the 30th of November.
This second edition of the World Team Cup will be played again following the TK-5 competition system, which was already used at Aruba 2012. This format, which was used for the first time in 2010 (Russia at the WTF World Taekwondo Tour) consists on 5-on-5 team matches, where each athlete of the 5-member teams must compete for one minute each before tagging out in the first round. In the subsequent rounds to follow, an athlete must use three offensive moves before they are allowed to tag out with a teammate.
It must be reminded that the PSS from Daedo has a significant experience as one of the key players of relevant events such as the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Puebla 2013 World Championships and, more recently, the 2nd Intercontinental Asia-Europe Taekwondo Championships, held last weekend in Shenzhen, China.
In addition, the E-Head protector from Daedo is already being used at some competitions and is only pending on a field test organized by the WTF for its approval and further use at official events.
Municipal Sports Palace, Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto, September 27th 2013
When the demo of the E-head Protector by Daedo was announced the response was the arousal of doubts and questions about the technological progress which could have taken place.
At 15pm local time the demo started in the eyes of not only all the participants and coaches of the 19th edition of the Porto 2013 ETU Junior Championships but also of senior executives as Mr. Sakis Pragalos, president of the ETU, Sun Jae Park, honorary vice president of the ETU and vice president of the WTF, Michael Fysentzidis, ETU Secretary General, Philippe Bouedo, ETU games committee chairman, Chakir Chelbat, referees chairman of the WTF, and other executive and senior positions.
All viewers of the demo were surprised by the strong technological breakthrough, which the system incorporates. Among its many strong points we find that it is perfectly applicable to taekwondo competitions and how it will facilitate the work of the judges by eliminating doubts about head points and therefore greatly reducing the application of the Video Replay. We should note that the Video Replay is currently stopping championship competitions, resulting in a significant time loss.