New Year, New Calendar, New Management at WT? What can we expect for 2022?
Coaches César Valentim and Peter Nestler discuss the 2022 "World Taekwondo" calendar. The upcoming Ranking Events and the fact that every Continental Open is now a G2. The new competitions in the calendar and the postponement of the World Taekwondo Championships.
How will training and traveling will look like this year? What restrictions and challenges will we face?
Coaches Valentim and Nestler comment on the renovations on the World Taekwondo Committees, the big changes on the pan-American and African Continental Unions and the most recent developments in the European Taekwondo Union.
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Do world, well, you found it. This is the TaeKwonDo podcast, TaeKwonDo news competitions, and other events, training and sports science, keeping the fans, coaches and high performance athletes up to date with the latest news and trends on Olympic TaeKwonDo. Let's do this is, is the Teon do podcast. And now your host coach Caesar Valenti team and Peter Nestle.Speaker 2:
Hello and welcome to the first episode of the Teon do podcast. We're a podcast based out of Austria in English language for everyone out there who likes Teon do the coach is the athlete sports scientist, the fans of families. On this episode, we are discussing 2022, the upcoming calendar, and more Welcome to our first official episode. I'm coach Caesar Valenti, and with me, coach Peter Nestler. Hello, Peter, how are you? Uh, this is the first episode we are talking about upcoming events and most recent news. What do you think 22 is gonna be like?Speaker 3:
Well, uh, the first version, let me say it like this of the calendar from WT and also the continental federations is out. It is, uh, surprisingly full in my opinion. Uh, see how many events will stay like that. We saw that, uh, they already had to move the event date for the world championship, uh, to later, uh, in the year also, not China anymore, someone, some, some other country we will see, um, Kru is clearly picking up, um, lots of events. Um, well, um, I'm a little skeptical about, um, some countries putting their events without, uh, considering the COVID season. So you could watch that, uh, COVID is peaks in the year, which is one after the wintertime or during wintertime in the second one in the early autumn. And, uh, I, I'm not really sure if, uh, all the dates are set really, really carefully. So there's still not many events going on in summertime where for COVID it's, uh, the best time of, of the year, but we will see how it develops. And, uh, yeah, I'm, I'm open for all theSpeaker 2:
Events. Well, the calendar this year is very interesting because we see Patto, especially since the pan American te union has for the first time, uh, someone from Latin America as the president, the one Manuel is the, the new president, uh, of the PTUI was the president of Mexico before. And he introduced a big, uh, calendar, a lot of changes, new chairmans, a lot of committees, big changes over there on the other side of the pond. And of course he bringing a lot of events to that region will allow the ATS over there to get more medals, more points, especially considering that this year, all the events are G two events. So instead of being a 10 points event for the normal opens and the president's cup, and one other event being a 20 point event, all the events will be a 20 point event. I don't know if they will keep the 40 points, uh, point cap per year, or if they will move it to 60. That would make more sense considering that every event is a, um, a 20 point event, but allows the players not to go to all the events. Uh, even if it's a 40 or 60 point cap, the top players will be done pretty soon, two, three events, and it's over and allows the smaller, uh, fish in the pond to try to get some and try to climb the ranking. The ranking is a little bit, uh, unfair for the newcomers. You come out of junior division without, uh, a world championship that allows you to give points to, to start with points in the ranking. You come into, uh, the big pond with the big sharks and you have, uh, immediately be seated against the top one or two. It's a little bit unfair for the newcomer, but that's the ranking, uh, system is something we'll leave. And we'll talk about in the next episode, the calendar being out there, having a lot of events, it's actually quite refreshing. It is, uh, a little challenging because the first event is right around the corner. We have, uh, next episode, we'll talk about, uh, the first competition is being Turkish shop and then the president's cup. Um, the fact that every little, every second week there's a big event makes a little more interesting for the teams. Of course, it looks a little bit like 20, 19, 20 18, where all the events were pretty close to each other. Belgium, Netherlands. We have, uh, um, a few surprises. We have the, as we mentioned, uh, on the, one of the bono episodes, we have the women's championships. In this case in Europe will have, uh, European championships. We direct quota for the, uh, regular Europeans and of the championships together with the quotas, from the president's cup, that brings even more quotas, um, to the, to the European championships. It will allow the bigger powerhouses of TaeKwonDo to bring even more athletes and will allow also the independent athletes that don't, uh, are so not so dependent from the national governing bodies to qualify for the events. The event is, um, uh, definitely the good, the calendar is definitely a very, uh, good calendar spread out through the year. We know that in the August, um, we have for the juniors and cadets big events again in, so the, the world championship and cadets and, and juniors, but for the university athletes, also the university games, the former universities. So together, if we, they don't get canceled, because again, if in China, they cancel the world championships. The fact that fi zoo is going to do a multi-sport event is even riskier. So I'm pretty skeptic about the, the event in August in China, but the G two S are out there, the calendars out there. Are you planning, um, uh, to visiting, uh, a few of them this year, many more than last year? Uh, we, we were having some of the, the Chila eventsSpeaker 3:
On our schedule. Um, I hope, I hope it stays like that because, uh, arranging for all these, uh, travels is at, at the moment, uh, lot of work to do. And, uh, yeah, I, I mean, uh, there is a lot of events out there for us. The good thing is that those things getting canceled are very far away. As we, as you mentioned, like China, it's a big travel.<laugh> also Oceanian at the moment, uh, quite close. So not a big deal for us. We can stay in Europe for, for many Chi class events, we can collect points. So, uh, I've heard that the 60 points is already decided, uh, so let let's start collecting the points. Yeah,Speaker 2:
Well, the we're all vaccinated. So Australia is definitely not a big problem for us. Um,<laugh> the, the, the problem with the events being canceled is that most of the expenses you have don't get refunded so far. The, the organizing committees of the competitions are refunding all the teams, but it's harder with the hotels. I never got the money from Belgium, open 20, uh, 20, um, from the hotels, the plane tickets, they do, uh, get refunded in a way or another. Most of the times they try push you for the vouchers. At least in European union, we have a little consumer protection that allows us to get our money back. It's not the same for everyone else. And I know that in other continents is not the same. I hope that, uh, the competitions will happen. Uh, WT has great, uh, calendar decisions because it's spread out events all, all over the world. I would love to go to open or to Costa Rica, um, financial reasons. Uh, I will be a little bit constricted to Europe, I guess you and many other teams in Europe will have the same and other teams in, uh, um, in Pan-American region will enjoy the fact that they will have competitions over there with more, um, frequency. They will have the Brazilian, the, a Colombian and all these events that were not, uh, so traditional and will allow them to compete without having to go through jet lag, not go through different, uh, um, nutrition, all these training away, even more expensive because of course for, uh, life in Europe, hotels and training are not so cheap the same as for us when we go to, to the middle east, but there are at least a little more democratic and fair distribution of events. It used to be 25 events in Europe and five in the rest of the world. At least now there's 25 events in Europe, and there's also 25 in the rest of the world. And it also reflects the, the amount of players. Of course, we have many more players here in Europe than the rest of, it's also fair that, uh, most of the events are here. The countries are closer to each other and very well connected. Um, the events are there, continental competitions are scheduled. The world is still an uncertainty. Everything else in more than two, three weeks away is, uh, always an uncertainty in pandemic times. But one thing is for sure, we have new committee chairs and we have for the first time in rota, a woman in charge of refereeing. I don't know if you know her I've, uh, did the recycling course with her in Brazil a few years ago. And I've been in touch now. And then with her Emily Morris, you probably know her sister. She, she was training with us in Spain a few years ago, Sam, and it does move in a new direction. Not only because it's a woman in charge of re because it's also younger people in charge of the committees, the technical director, um, and the world Tado, the referee director in world TA all being under 50. It's a big surprise.Speaker 3:
Uh, that is, is, uh, that is one of the main goals from Dr. Cho control that, uh, he wants to have more, uh, women in, in the structures. So, uh, many wanna say is, is one of them. Uh, we have, we, we started getting younger people. That's true. Let's see how long they stay in their, uh, committee. Uh, um, the development in the moment is positive in my opinion, to have, uh, more women in there and, and also more spreading out the CIES to people really working in the CIES, uh, for me, it's, it's a good way.Speaker 2:
No, it, it is a sport getting younger by the time the number of players, the events for the younger players is, are also there. And I'm happy to, to see that we move away from the older man will get the position in, in the case of Teon is not even older white, uh, man, it's, uh, older man in general because it's a continental distribution would be the same. And it's nice to see that actually you younger people and, uh, uh, women are also getting these positions. Um, we talked already about Patou having a new chairman, um, of course for, uh, unfortunate circumstances when, uh, general, uh, Foley passed away, uh, African union had to have a new chairman. Um, so we have now, uh, also some changes over there move also a little more away from Northern Africa to central Africa. We have, uh, south Korean in charge of the, of the Asian TEDu union a little bit, and, uh, changes are coming. Do you think Europe is, uh, changing in some way,Speaker 3:
Uh, European tecu or did to, to, to, to get more independent in the last month that what everybody could, uh, see, they even changed their name and back again, uh, from world te one Europe to ETU back again. So I think they're positioning themselves, uh, much more than before, uh, but also for the, for the rest of the community, it means that the support from ETO to WT regarding maybe events or whatever is in the moment not so good. So I'm a little skeptical that, uh, the, the path is, is a perfect one on the other one. Um, PR is a long time president, um, as long as he could keep up with good ideas, it's okay for te oneone Europe. Say if it says like that in the moment, his team works a lot to develop TaeKwonDo, as we could see, they tried a lot of, uh, formats for the events. And so in the moment it's, it's okay for me, let's see howSpeaker 2:
It keeps. They do have a new secretary general that is famous for being innovative and to having a very pro professional approach to the competitions. Uh, I think the president's cup is actually an idea from him and most of these big events, the quotas, uh, come from, uh, uh, Barba and I Barbarino is definitely one of the most, um, odious in terms also innovative, uh, leaders in, uh, in sports worldwide. We're lucky to have him in Tedo. Um, if, if the countries, uh, in Europe, uh, are aligned together into these strong events, are you, do you think we will have more country European level events? Uh, like they used to have in America, remember for example, that USA, they would have their huge, um, us open, but they would also have the us nationals and they would gather for almost 10 days a of events. Do you think Europe will also move it to that format of the big events we see it with the president's cup, but you think it's going to grow even more?Speaker 3:
Uh, the problem is that COVID, um, made, uh, caused a little halt of all these things. President president's cup was well on its way developing very nice. Um, last one was, was, uh, Helsing park. We will see now in Elbe, the next edition, let's see how they managed to do this. Um, you're very right. I met Antonio about a few weeks or months ago in Portugal to PO Europeans talking a little bit. Uh, and I was, uh, I'm positive on him because he always keeps, uh, keeps to focus on the ideas he has and no matter what happens out there. So that's a good mul for, for the development. That's good.Speaker 1:
You're listening to the tech one do podcast. Now back to your hosts, coach Caesar, Valenti team, and Peter Nestler.Speaker 2:
We talked about the calendar and what we expect to have it. So in terms of competitions, but also in terms of training, we need to understand what is coming. Um, up. We have pandemic we're in the middle of a<inaudible>, uh, wave. Most of, uh, countries are getting record, uh, numbers of infections every day, even record numbers of people dying. Some countries are more vaccinated than others, therefore, they're not so, uh, worried about the intensive stations being overloaded, but we all know sports are not that important. Especially the non-com competition sports. We have our professional athletes will be able to train at least with some restrictions, even if they're not allowed to travel. They still allowed to have some training camps, meet some other professional teams in organizing smaller groups, but that still keep active and, uh, look the perspective, uh, train with the goal, but how will COVID letters, uh, train? How will COVID letters move with our te programs, our schools, our centers, our other activities.Speaker 3:
Uh, in last, uh, months, we could see that there is, uh, separation of clubs. Those who were able to manage a good structure to set up a good structure for dealing with all these COVID matters. Uh, they keep being successful or they keep being the only ones being successful, cuz some others were dropping out. If, if you don't, um, if you don't fulfill the criteria, if you don't do your housework, um, you will not be successful. So the professional clubs, they keep their path. That's very clear. Um, COVID is just in my opinion, it's just one thing and management, uh, thing to handle. If you have a good management in your club, you have all the direct to set up, you have all the protocols, uh, perfectly worked out, then, then it's no problem. It's it is a lot of work it's, uh, also more money than before the investments in whatever you need for dealing with all these things. Your travels, um, are more expensive, whatever it's more money. Yes. But, um, on the other end, um, you will stay, um, successful in this. What do you think?Speaker 2:
I think that in, in some countries we are lucky than others clubs that are, uh, located in countries with less restrictions or at least with less regulations, it will be able to train without much of that investment countries that are in more, um, uh, restriction mode and have a little more, um, incentives for the clubs to work in a professional way. They will also demand you more and they'll allow, will allow you to train. But if you have, you have to invest in training. As for example, contact tracing. One of the things that we have to do for contact TRAC, not only to keep, uh, sign up sheet for the members that's that works in many other countries, um, in Austria, if you don't have a digital contact tracing that you are able to share immediately and accessible and record, and also for data, uh, data protection able to disappear after for a few days, um, all those tools, all those, uh, uh, operational systems, they have to be in place. And of course in other countries it's easier than, uh, than, uh, than in Austria, but in a, another way in Austria, if you don't invest, you don't get it. The in terms of keeping your doors open, it's obviously that everyone around the world is suffering from a decline of participation in the, um, classes in memberships, because people are just afraid. The, the restrictions will not let them do it. Now we have either space limitations. We will have, uh, attendance number limitations, um, medical limitations. Um, you are, if you are not VAX and also you're not allowed to train. If you are not tested three times a week, you're not allowed to train. If you are not, uh, wearing these or wearing debt, you are not allowed to train. So there's all these restrictions, the members, even if they are, uh, willing to train at some degree, they will not go through all the hurdles to come for training. Will I really wanna go? And then I cannot. I have to drive there. Then I have to do a test before I drive there, then I have to register online. Then I have to do this. So of course, some of the, uh, of the participation numbers will decrease because the access to the sports venues itself are restricted. In some cases, sports venues are still, uh, uh, locked training will be challenging. Competitions will be challenging, but we'll try to get the best out of it and have 2022 be a successful year since 2024, just around the corner. Thank you, Peter. It was a pleasure being here with you and with everyone who's listening. This was our first episode of the Teon podcast. If you haven't already listened to our bons episodes, they are are already available online. Wherever you listen to your podcasts, we are releasing new episodes every Tuesday and the first episode is already out there. So stay tuned, subscribe to the podcast, leave us a positive review and share it with your friends. See you next timeSpeaker 1:
You've been listening to the Teon do podcast, keeping the fan coaches and high performance athletes up to date with the latest news and trends on Olympic TaeKwonDo. Your host coach Caesar Valenti team has almost 20 years of experience with high performance TaeKwonDo and has worked all around the world. As a TaeKwonDo trainer. Peter Nestler has been teaching TaeKwonDo for more than 20 years and he is currently one of, of the top referees in Europe. We hope you enjoyed the show, make sure to like rate and review and we'll be back soon. But in the meantime, find us on Instagram at tech. One do podcast on Facebook at tech, one do cast and the website tech one DOE podcast.com. See you next time. Okay.