Number of Taekwondo Spots Increased for 2010 World Youth Olympic Games

June 18, 2009, 6:02 p.m. (ET)

The United States Olympic Committee has granted USA Taekwondo two additional spots to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games in 2010. This marks an increase from the original allocation of four spots up to six possible places. 

"We are very pleased that the USOC has extended us the privilege of qualifying six places in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games," said USA Taekwondo CEO David Askinas. "This shows their faith that our organization will put a competitive team in the rings.  Right now we are planning to have a qualifying tournament this coming winter to choose the athletes who will represent the USA in the World Taekwondo Federation qualifying tournament in Mexico next spring.  This is subject to anticipated USOC approval of our selection procedures which will be submitted in the near future."  

Singapore will be hosting the first Youth Olympic Games August 14-16, 2010. It will receive some 3,600 athletes and 800 officials from 205 National Olympic Committees, along with estimated 800 media representatives, 20,000 local and international volunteers, and more than 500,000 spectators. Young athletes - between 14 and 18 years of age - will compete in 26 sports and take part in Culture and Education Programs.

"The ability to represent the USA at the Olympic level is another benefit offered exclusively by USA Taekwondo," added Askinas. "As the National Governing Body for taekwondo in this country only USAT has the privilege and responsibility to select and send national teams to official WTF- and International Olympic Committee-sanctioned championship events like the Youth Olympic Games.  We have a promising young group of junior athletes who will compete with great effort to represent the USA. This winter's qualifying event should be a great showcase for the future stars of taekwondo.  Our goals are to qualify all six spots and win six medals." 

For more information on the Youth Olympic Games visit the IOC website HERE.