January 27, 2015
Dear Grand Masters, Masters and Instructors:
Re: NEW Taekwondo Tournament Sanctioning Policy
In late 2014, Taekwondo Manitoba was approached by the Province of Manitoba and asked to create a tournament sanctioning policy, so that taekwondo tournaments could continue to be held in the province.
This was in response to the Government of Canada's new federal law (Bill S-209) on combative sport which received royal assent on June 19, 2013. Bill S-209 is an amendment to Section 83(2) of the Criminal Code of Canada and is an act that removes the Criminal Code prohibition on professional mixed martial arts in Canada.
At the December 2014 board meeting, the Directors of Taekwondo Manitoba finalized and approved a taekwondo Tournament Sanctioning Policy. A copy of this policy can be found online here:
In essence, this policy was created to:
- ensure taekwondo tournaments can continue to be held in the province of Manitoba;
- ensure safety guidelines and competition;
- ensure fair, safe and equitable play;
- enhance participation and credibility;
- provide a mechanism for event data collection.
Effective January 1, 2015, all taekwondo tournaments in Manitoba must apply for a sanction through Taekwondo Manitoba.
This policy will help to ensure all taekwondo tournaments in the province are operating as safely and fairly as possible, with the benefits being felt by all taekwondo athletes, coaches and officials at all levels.
To help ensure all former officials/referees are given the chance to renew or gain certification prior to their club tournament, an extra referee seminar is being held this year on Saturday, March 28th 10am-2pm at the River Osborne Community Club. Registration information will appear on our website, closer to the date.
It is our hope that you will carefully read through the policy and contact us with questions you may have. We look forward to working with you to promote, foster and develop taekwondo in Manitoba.
Master Jae Park, President