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            Taekwondo


            Taekwondo is a traditional Korean martial art practised in 206 countries.

            What is Taekwondo?

            Taekwondo is a traditional Korean martial art, which means "the way of kicking and punching". In taekwondo, hands and feet can be used to overcome an opponent, but the trademark of the sport is its combination of kick movements.

            A Long History

            The origin of taekwondo dates back to Korea's Three-Kingdom era (c.50 BC) when Silla Dynasty warriors, the Hwarang, began to develop a martial art - Taekkyon ("foot-hand").

            Go Global

            During the early 20th century, taekwondo became the dominant form of martial arts practised in Korea. Subsequently taekwondo was designated as the Korean national martial art to be promoted internationally. In 1973, the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) was founded as the worldwide legitimate governing body of the sport, and the first World Championships were held in Seoul, Korea that year.

            Recent Olympic history

            Taekwondo is one of the two Asian martial arts included on the Olympic programme. Taekwondo made its debut as a demonstration Olympic sport at the 1988 Seoul Games, and became an official medal sport at the 2000 Sydney Games.

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            Buenos Aires 2018 - Taekwondo - Men’s +73kg
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            Buenos Aires 2018 - Taekwondo - Men’s +73kg

            Meng-En Lee of Chinese Taipei (red) in action against Mohammadali Khosravi of the Islamic Republic of Iran (blue) in action during the the Taekwondo Men +73kg Gold Medal Contest on Day 5 of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games in the Oceania Pavilion, Youth Olympic Park on October 11, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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            Buenos Aires 2018 - Taekwondo - Women’s +63kg
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            Buenos Aires 2018 - Taekwondo - Women’s +63kg

            Fatima-Ezzahra Aboufaras of Morocco (blue) in action against Kimia Hemati of the Islamic Republic of Iran (red) during the the Taekwondo Women +63kg Gold Medal Contest on Day 5 of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games in the Oceania Pavilion, Youth Olympic Park on October 11, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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            Buenos Aires 2018 - Taekwondo - Men’s +73kg
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            Buenos Aires 2018 - Taekwondo - Men’s +73kg

            Meng-En Lee of Chinese Taipei (red) in action against Mohammadali Khosravi of the Islamic Republic of Iran (blue) in action during the the Taekwondo Men +73kg Gold Medal Contest on Day 5 of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games in the Oceania Pavilion, Youth Olympic Park on October 11, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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            Buenos Aires 2018 - Taekwondo - Women’s +63kg
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            Buenos Aires 2018 - Taekwondo - Women’s +63kg

            Fatima-Ezzahra Aboufaras of Morocco (blue) in action against Kimia Hemati of the Islamic Republic of Iran (red) during the the Taekwondo Women +63kg Gold Medal Contest on Day 5 of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games in the Oceania Pavilion, Youth Olympic Park on October 11, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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            Taekwondo - Men’s 48-55kg
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            Taekwondo - Men’s 48-55kg

            Kangmin Kim of Republic of Korea (silver), Georgii Popov of Russian Federation (gold), Mahamadou Maharana Amadou T of Niger (bronze) and Zaid Mustafa Mahmoud Abdul Kareem of Jordan (bronze) stand on the podium after the Taekwondo - Men’s 48-55kg on Day 2 of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games at the Oceania Pavilion, Youth Olympic Park on October 8, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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            Taekwondo - Men’s 48-55kg

            Georgii Popov of Russian Federation and Kangmin Kim of Republic of Korea compete in the Final of the Taekwondo - Men’s 48-55kg on Day 2 of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games at the Oceania Pavilion, Youth Olympic Park on October 8, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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