The Official Championships organised by the ITF are the ITF World Championships and ITF World Cups. However, other approved championships take place across the world such as Continental Championships and approved ITF Open Championships.
The Junior and Senior World Championships are held every two years in the odd-numbered years.
To compete in World Championships, participants must hold an ITF Black Belt degree certificate. They must be national champions in their own countries or be chosen by trial. Each member country National Association names a delegation of competitors and others who will represent that country at the championship tournament.
The World Cup, an open competition, is held every two years in the even-numbered years.
The World Cup competition is open to blue, red and black belts.
ITF Taekwon-Do Championships include the following disciplines: Individual & Team Patterns, Individual & Team Sparring, Individual & Team Special Technique, Individual & Team Power Breaking as well as Pre-Arranged Team Sparring. All disciplines include competition for male and females. Male and female compete separately with the exception of pre-arranged sparring where male and female may compete together.
Any school, club and/or individual who is not part of the ITF must have permission from the National Association to take part in the World Cup. Any club, school, individual or country may participate with as many individual and/or team members in the same division and or category.
The choice of location and dates of each World Championship and World Cup competition is made by the ITF Congress meeting from the list of qualified candidates submitted by the Tournament & Umpire Committee, which coordinates the calendar of events to avoid scheduling conflicts.
Each Continental Federation determines the frequency of its Continental Championships, which must receive the sanction of the ITF Tournament & Umpire Committee. Continental Federations choose the dates and location of continental and regional competitions, which also must receive ITF sanction.
ITF Tournament and Umpire rules are applied in all competitions.
The ITF strives to provide top quality competition and organization at all its tournaments. Safety is a priority, as is efficient and fair umpiring. Participants are expected to demonstrate sportsmanship and reflect the true spirit of ITF Taekwon-Do at all times.
The ITF anti-doping and medical unit works to assist and educate the ITF community, its national members, and its Instructors in standardising medical and anti-doping practices. The medical and anti-doping committee is chaired by Dr. Richard Aboud. Please visit the website of the ITF anti-doping unit for updates in relation to anti-doping, education and online-courses for athletes and coaches. The website also contains the ITF anti-doping rules, information for tournament organisers and compliance protocol.
A) Tournament Organizer obligations and responsibility in hosting an international ITF tournament: When applying to host an ITF international tournament it is the responsibility of the organizing committee to contact the Director of the Anti-Doping Unit. Each Organizing Committee must include an anti-doping officer who will liaise with the ITF anti-doping unit, the National Association and the host countries National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO). Drug testing will be undertaken through the structures in place by the NADO. The number of tests required will be decided by the ITF Anti-Doping Unit Chairman with the approval of the ITF Board of Directors. The cost of testing is the sole responsibility of the Tournament Organizers.
If an athletes “A” sample is found to contain a prohibited substance the athlete has the right to have the “B” sample analyzed this additional cost will be the responsibility of the athletes National Association (NA).
The Anti-Doping Unit will instruct, support, advise organizing committees. The Anti-Doping Unit will be present at ITF International tournaments to assist and observe.
B) CoachTrue on-line tool for all coaches and will be a prerequisite to obtaining an “coaching pass” at ITF International tournaments
1) Play True Quiz: This is an information based quiz for athletes.
2) Play True Challenge: Is ideally for athletes under 18 years of age.
3) Coach True: This is an online course for all ITF coaches. This course will become a compulsory requirement to accessing an ITF Tournament “coaching pass” in the future.
4) National Anti-Doping Officers: Have the responsibility of ensuring that all athletes and coaches from their respective countries are informed and educated as to prohibited substances and to the consequences for the athletes and the significant cost that will be the responsibility of the NA should the athlete test positive for a prohibited substance. the link below will assist Anti-Doping officers – please click on the link to continue:
At-a-Glance Doping Control:
Click on the link above to help you familiarize yourself with the process of going through and anti-doping drug test.
Helpful hint: do not over hydrate when asked to provide a urine sample as a very dilute sample will not be accepted and you will be asked to repeat the test.
Check your Medications:
Inform your Doctor and Pharmacist that you are an international athlete liable to drug testing. Make sure they check all medications that you are given. Click on the link below to check your medications.
WARNING: you are the only one responsible for what goes into your body if you are found to have taken a prohibited substance you can not blame anyone else and you will be banned form all ITF competitions and of having any connection with competitive ITF Taekwon-Do.
If you are taking a medication on the prohibited list (hhttps://www.wada-ama.org/en/what-we-do/prohibited-list) you must inform your coach and NA who will contact the Anti-Doping Unit for further advice. A Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) can be applied for through your country’s NADO (National Anti Doping Organization). The Anti-Doping Unit must also be informed.
Therapeutic Exemption Form – (TUE) ( Download click here ): Please Complete this form and forward by registered post to ITF Anti-Doping and Medical Unit. Applications can take up to 6 weeks for a decision. (you can email a scanned copy of the form to the Anti-Doping Unit however you must stillpost the original)
NB: Please note for now you may apply for a TUE retrospectively – that is after you have been tested. This will ultimately change when we have a Registered Testing Pool.
A) All coaches are advised to register with WADA and take the online coaching course at this link (please click on the link to continue) :
This is an advisory request from the Anti-Doping Unit at this time. In due course coaching passes at ITF tournaments will not be issued to anyone who has not taken the online course. The Anti-Doping Unit will be notified by WADA of all those who have registered and completed the on-line course.
B) Please check any medications your athlete is taking on this link ( click the link to check medications) :
If your athlete is taking a medication on the prohibited list inform the Anti-Doping Unit immediately for further advice: ITFantidopingunit@eircom.net
C) If your athlete is found to have taken a “prohibited substance” ITF legal & enforcement will prosecute the athlete either locally through the NADO structure or through ITF Anti-Doping Unit disciplinary committee at the head office in Ireland. Please refer back to the ITF anti-doping rules.
Dr. Richard Aboud
Medical Director & Anti-Doping Officer ITF
The Forge Building
Master Paul Delea VII – DCO Support and Liaison
Therapeutic Exemption Committee: Appointed and Specialist Invited to contribute as needed
Disciplinary Committee: Appointed and Specialist Invited to contribute as needed
Therapeutic Exemption Form (TUE) ( Download click here ): Please Complete this form and forward by registered post to ITF Anti-Doping and Medical Unit. Applications can take up to 6 weeks for a decision. (you can email a scanned copy of the form to the Anti-Doping Unit however you must still post the original)
Tel: 00 353 (1) 89 497 568