USA Taekwondo is continuing to monitor the global situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). The top priority for USA Taekwondo is the safety and well-being of all Staff, Athletes, Officials, and participants in Taekwondo events held both in the United States and Internationally.

Updates on the 2020 National Championships, State Championships, and International events will be posted on this page. 

We will continue to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and are working in partnership with World Taekwondo, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and local and state public health authorities in order to create a safe environment for all participants. 

 

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel virus in the coronavirus family, first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, Hubei province. For most people, symptoms of COVID-19 are mild and may include fever, fatigue, and cough. The illness is spread person-to-person primarily through respiratory droplets, such as from a cough or sneeze. The virus also appears to be able to survive for a short period of time on surfaces. Illness may occur from touching the surface and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes. The illness most often spreads from close contact (within 6 feet) with someone who is sick. Most people with COVID-19 recover quickly without any special treatment. In some people, especially older persons and those with chronic medical conditions, the symptoms may be severe. Anyone with cough, fever and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention and notify their healthcare team of any recent travel or possible exposure to COVID-19.

Continue to consult the CDC and WHO websites, as well as your local or state health department websites for the most current information regarding COVID-19 activity in your community. 

CDC Coronavirus Homepage

World Health Organization

U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory for COVID-19

Tips for Athletes, Coaches, Officials, Staff, etc. 

  • Stay home from practice or competition if you feel sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer with 60-90% alcohol when restrooms are unavailable. 
  • Avoid direct physical contact with others (keep a six-foot distance when possible). 
  • Bow, Salute, or elbow bump competitors, coaches and referees rather than shaking hands. 
  • Do not touch your face during a bout or training session. 
  • Do not share water bottles.
  • Do not put your mouth on water fountains. 

Tips for Club Owners and Tournament Organizers

  • Make sure to have hand sanitizer and tissues in high traffic areas throughout the training or competition space, including near bout committee tables, water dispensers, score tables, etc. 
  • Wash all shared gear and use sanitizing wipes on gear and equipment in between uses. 
  • Keep sanitizing wipes near head gear, chest protectors, kicking paddles, and other frequently touched equipment. 
  • As always, make sure restrooms and locker rooms are properly cleaned on a frequent basis. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly.

The CDC recommends preventative actions regarding respiratory illnesses, including:  

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Questions about traveling in the U.S. - CLICK HERE

For more information on travel click on the link below:

CDC updates on international travel  

At this time, USA Taekwondo remains hopeful that the situation will improve sufficiently for the National Championships in San Antonio to go ahead - safely - as planned. We are in regular contact with health and event officials in Texas and want to assure all members that the most important factor in any decision will be the health and safety of our competitors, coaches and families. 

If Nationals is rescheduled we will communicate this information to all members immediately - in the meantime, keep training at home, stay focused and we look forward to seeing you all soon.

We are working closely with State Championship organizers on necessary postponements and cancellations.

Click Here to see what state championships have been postponed or cancelled. 

2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Postponed - which will be moved to no later than summer 2021)

2020 Presidents Cup - Spokane, Washington (Cancelled)

2020 Pan Am Championships - Heredia, Costa Rica (Cancelled)

2020 Pan Am Open - Heredia, Costa Rica (Cancelled) 

2020 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships. (Cancelled)

Visit the World Taekwondo Simply Compete Website or CLICK HERE to see what other International Taekwondo Events have been postponed or cancelled.