April 28, 2020 - Due to ongoing issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 USA Taekwondo National Championships in San Antonio, TX this summer have been canceled in order to protect the health and safety of athletes, coaches and spectators. With the entire world of competitive sport currently paused, and mass gatherings prohibited around the globe it became impossible to host such a major event on the planned timeline.
We would like to thank the state of Texas and our friends in San Antonio and at the Alamodome for their professionalism and understanding in needing to cancel the event. Discussions are already underway to host a National Championships there in the near future.
The USATKD National Championships are by far the largest Taekwondo event in America and we understand athletes, coaches, officials, and families look forward to this tournament, which brings the very best from across the nation together to compete each year. USA Taekwondo remained hopeful that Nationals could still be held, and explored every option, however after speaking with health officials in Texas and Colorado, a final decision was made that it would be impossible to ensure the health and wellbeing of participants and their families at this time.
Finally, discussions were held around simply postponing the event until later in the year, however it was deemed highly unlikely that hosting such a huge event - usually attended by upwards of 10,000 people - would be permitted, or safe, in the current climate, and with the possibility of another wave of infection later in the year.
USA Taekwondo understands the need for and wants to return to producing high quality competitions as soon as it is safe to do so. It is our fervent hope that we will still be able to crown 2020 National Champions in all the divisions and disciplines that we always have, however the health and safety of our participants is our first priority. If it becomes safe and permissible to do so, USA Taekwondo plans to run a series of smaller events designed to reduce the need to travel for participants, and to enable us to implement safety measures such as maintaining social distancing guidelines and protective hygiene.
USA Taekwondo would therefore like to announce plans for ‘The USA Taekwondo 2020 National Championship Series’. The series will consist of 3 qualifying events spread across the country in which athletes will compete to qualify for a Prestigious National Championships Final, at which they will then compete to become the US National Champion.
USA Taekwondo is currently working with cities and venues to hold the 3 qualifying events in September and October and tentatively planning the National Championships Final in November. In hopes that hosting these events later in the year helps reignite high quality Taekwondo competition, and gets us back on the path to dominate in ’28.
Please note this plan is provisional, and will not be confirmed until it is clear that it is permissible and safe to return to competition. Venues, dates, and detailed schedules will be confirmed at that time. We will also endeavor to create a schedule for school age competitors that will minimize disruptions to their schooling. We will continue to provide regular updates during this process.
We hope that you all are keeping safe and healthy, and we can’t wait to welcome you all back to competition. Keep training, stay positive and we will get through this challenging time.
As the State Championship season was decimated by the virus, the vast majority of athletes have not had a chance to qualify. As the intent is to reduce the size of events for safety reasons it no longer remains possible to qualify all athletes who either competed in one of the small number of states that took place before the virus struck or who live in a state where their State Championship was cancelled. However, athletes who qualified for the now cancelled National Championships through competing at a State Championship will be accommodated in this process - more details will be published if and when the new program is confirmed.
Medalists only from each championship qualifier will gain entry into the National Championships final. This will enable a smaller, safer National Championship final and reduce the number of people needing to travel. All divisions and disciplines normally included in Nationals will be included in this process.