December 7,  2011

        WTF Press Release 

This edition provides you with background information and news on the WTF activties and upcoming taekwondo events 

African and European Athletes Gear up for Upcoming Continental Qualification Tournament 



2011 World Qualification Tournament
2011 WTF World Qualification Tournament for London 2012 Olympic Games held at Baku, Azerbaijan.



With the London 2012 Olympic Games only eight months away a total of 41 countries have secured 84 out of the 128 allocated places including four (4) places automatically granted to the host country, Great Britain.


Of the remaining 44 places, 16 places will be awarded during the African Qualification Tournament which will be held in Cairo, Egypt, on January 11th -12th , 2012, while 24 will be decided at the European Qualification Tournament which will take place in Kazan, Russia on January 27th-29th, 2012.


The last four (4) allocated places, so called "wild cards", will be decided through the tripartite consultation among the IOC, the WTF and the ANOCs. (Refer to the WTF website ( for more detailed information on the events)


The athletes who will participate in the upcoming qualification tournaments have being working hard with the hope of achieving a ticket to London as the Qualification events are only weeks away. The competition in the upcoming events will be foreseen to be extremely competitive due to this being the last opportunity to qualify for the London Olympics.  At the World Qualification Tournament held in Baku, Azerbaijan, 11 out of 24 allocated places went to European countries.



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Upcoming Events


- Arab Games (Taekwondo)

December 14, 2011, Doha, Qatar


- African Taekwondo Qualification Tournament for  London 2012 Olympic Games

January 11-12, 2012, Cairo, Egypt


- European Taekwondo Qualification Tournament for London 2012 Olympic Games 

January 27-29, 2012, Kazan, Russia


* Correction of the Date for African Qualification Tournament : In the previous press release issued on December 5, 2011, the date was incorrectly marked as January 3 and 4, 2012  


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