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BACK   25th May 2011

TAEKWONDO PLAYERS WEIGH UP OPTIONS FOR 2012

GB Taekwondo and the British Olympic Association (BOA) have today announced the selection of weight categories in which British athletes will compete at the 2012 Olympic Games in London next year. As the host nation, Great Britain is automatically granted four places within the Olympic Taekwondo competition: two weight categories in the male Taekwondo events and two in the female.

The selected weights for Team GB are:
 
Male -68kg
Male -80kg
Female -67kg
Female –57kg
 
Gary Hall, Performance Director of GB Taekwondo said:
 
“We have had to select our weight categories for the Games now so as to allow the World Taekwondo Federation to stage their global and continental qualification events over the coming months. Clearly we’d love to be able to select GB athletes in each of the male and female categories, giving us eight medal chances, but we only have four spots available and therefore it’s a very difficult decision to reach.
 
“We’ve looked at performances across recent international events as well as the major championships such as the Europeans, and the recent World Championships, and have selected the weight categories that we feel give us the best chance of medal success in London next year. We have a fantastic squad in Manchester as well as other talented athletes across the country and I’m confident that there will be keen competition within the squad to fill the places on Team GB over the next 12 months.
 
“We also shouldn't lose sight of the fact that our Performance Programme is also geared at taking a longer term approach to developing talent which we hope will deliver success at future Games, such as Rio 2016.”
 
Team GB Chef de Mission Andy Hunt commented:
 
“The confirmation of the weight categories in which Team GB taekwondo players will compete at the London 2012 Olympics brings clarity to the athletes and allows them to focus on a tangible goal. This announcement allows GB Taekwondo to build on their fantastic performances at the World Championships this month.
 
Taekwondo is a very exciting and dynamic sport with a great atmosphere in the venue so anybody who has bought tickets to these weight categories at the London 2012 Olympics can be sure that they will see the best of British challenge for a medal next year.”
 
GB Taekwondo will select and nominate the names of the athletes who will compete at the Games in London to the BOA in May 2012, soon after the European Taekwondo Championships in Manchester. Ahead of that, and following their successful performance at the 2011 World Championships in Korea, British athletes are likely to make their reappearance at the British Open, also in Manchester, on 1-2 October 2011.
 
 
NOTES TO EDITORS
Competing nations can take up a maximum of 4 places, for which they have to qualify. Team GB is automatically granted 4 host nation places.
 
GB Taekwondo:GB Taekwondo is the organisation responsible delivering the sport’s World Class Performance Programme and for the preparation, management and performance of Britain's elite taekwondo players. GB Taekwondo’s role is also to recommend the selection policy and the subsequent nomination of British athletes for Olympic Games and for major championships. In addition, GB Taekwondo is responsible for the delivery of a number of major taekwondo events, including the BTCB National Championships (18-19 June 2011), the British Open (1-2 October 2011) and the 2012 European Taekwondo Championships (3-6 May 2012). For further information, go to: www.britishtaekwondo.org.uk or follow GB Taekwondo on Twitter: @TeamGBTaekwondo
 
BOA: The British Olympic Association (BOA) is the National Olympic Committee for Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Its mission is to transform British lives through the power of the Olympic values and the success of Team GB. The BOA’s role is to prepare the ‘Best of British’ athletes for, and lead them at, the summer, winter and youth Olympic Games. The BOA delivers extensive support services to Britain’s Olympic athletes and their National Governing Bodies to enhance Olympic success and is responsible for championing the Olympic values and brand in the UK.
The BOA receives no funding from the lottery or government, has no political interests and is completely dependent upon fundraising income to achieve its mission. The BOA is the strong, independent voice for British Olympic Sport. For further information, go to: www.olympics.org.uk
 
Team 2012: Team 2012, presented by Visa, is the official support programme for British athletes striving to be selected for Team GB and ParalympicsGB. Team 2012 is raising funds for vital support services assisting over 1,200 athletes across 47 Olympic and Paralympic sports and disciplines who are in training to be selected to represent Great Britain & Northern Ireland at the London 2012 Games.
 
For more information and interview requests contact:
 
·         GB Taekwondo Commercial Manager Steve Flynn on 0161 230 1136 or steve.flynn@gbtaekwondo.co.uk
·         BOA Head of Communications Miriam Wilkens on 0207 8425720 or miriam.wilkens@boa.org.uk

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