British Taekwondo has grown ‘significantly’ since London 2012 due in part to the heroic efforts of gold medallist Jade Jones, who won British Taekwondo's first ever gold at an Olympic Games.
Jones, 20, struck gold for Team GB in the women’s 57kg category during last summer’s Olympic Games and the President of British Taekwondo said her efforts have helped grow the sport in her home nation.
Speaking exclusively to iSportconnect, Adrian Tranter said: “We really are a household name and sport now, with our athletes so well known.
“The level of TV and media was of course unprecedented with it being a home Olympic Games and with Jade Jones securing that elusive first Gold medal for us it provided a most timely catalyst for our sports wider appeal.”
Immediately after London 2012, British Taekwondo recorded a 30% spike in activity through their website that resulted in a 20% increase in memberships during September and October 2012.
Tranter also added that the federation had a ‘wide range of other martial arts’ contacting them to transfer their style over to the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), something Tranter described as ‘very encouraging.’
For now, Tranter and British Taekwondo are looking to the future and maximising the impact of London 2012.
“The legacy the Olympics have provided is where we have to focus a great deal of our energies, making sure that these once in a lifetime opportunities are maximised to their fullest potential,” said Tranter.
Some interesting replies. I agree with Maria and the general consensus that seeing a traditional sport like wrestling, ousted from the Olympic programme is a real shame, and one that could reflect badly on the IOC decision makers.
Rick I find your suggestion of giving the five sports on the short-list, a number of days to respond, very interesting. Why don't they do something like this?
The other thing to mention is FILA President Raphael Martinetti has now stepped down from his post. Is wrestling in a serious mess do people think? I can't say I'm too surprised at the news.
There won't be any impact on the sponsors -- the IOC will have thought this issue through carefully (and despite our government's positioning as their hard work being responsible for this landmark deal!) it will have needed the folks at Lausanne to approve it. The sponsor categories will of course be protected but those outside them -- for example, the builders and portable toilet providers -- will benefit greatly. It may even go as far as the programme producers (Haymarket) and the concourse caterers (Amadeus). But it's a great way forward, and hopefully one that will be replicated for Rio 2016 and with other international events (we've got RWC2015 and IAAF 2017 to come yet!) London 2012 was, without a doubt, a catalystic Summer Olympics, and without a doubt LOCOG have a lot to be proud of -- this announcement is just another step forward in how we can use sport to achieve great things -- for businesses, our communities, individuals, etc.
Last replied by Fiona Green on Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Russia first needs to worry about publicity of the games in Sochi. I would suggest that the attendance at the games will be on the low side, as Russia certainly has not done much to promote the games to this point. If people from the U.S. don't feel comfortable in a.) getting there with ease b.) moving freely without having to deal with problems in finding food, lodging, medical assistance (if needed), etc., they are not going to go, so forget about the price touting...that's the least of Russia's problems...they will be giving away the tickets a below face value. And with the rest of Europe's economy in as bad of shape as the U.S.A., they are not going to have to worry about ticket touting. The current available cash for most of Europe's leisure travel is nil. It's so bad right now that there was a story on the news last night that the Futbol League in Spain may "crash" due to lack of supporters able to pay for tickets to come to games, so I don't think they would be flying to Russia. The same holds true for much of the rest of the global economy!
World Squash Day gives us an annual opportunity to promote squash locally, regionally and nationally, using a theme. Last year, for example, it was ‘Bring on the Girls’. This year we combined the opportunities for clubs and centres to do this by introductory offers with an opportunity to take part in the World Squash Day Challenge, to be part of a unified demonstration of just how universal we are, and how passionate our players are. With 40,000 players registered from over 70 countries I think that has been clearly shown!
Overnight I have received group photo from clubs in places as diverse as the Cook Islands, Nigeria and Ecuador, amongst others. The enthusiasm to get involved everywhere has taken my breath away.
There have also been media reports circulating from all over the place too, which is just what promoting our sport is about. There are a bunch of videos on YouTube and I have heard about various TV interviews too.
World Squash Day wasn’t a success, it was a roaring success!
I am very touched and very proud that I could achieve re-election in such a unanimous way after 19 years in front of the most amount of nations present at a UIPM congress. I will now continue my vision for the union together with the EB members to continue the modernisation and stabilisation of our sport in the Olympic Movement.
Priority is development of: Marketing, TV, creating new federation’s, education & youth. My idea is to give more technical knowledge and support to the federations, especially to developing countries.
Though the UCI did accept UASADA's report their detailed reasoning of it did show an almost reluctance to & they again completely refuted any of the criticism's of the UCI that UASADA made. This, alongside McQuaid's further musings about Landis & Hamilton as "scumbags", surely means that McQuaid & Verbruggen need to go so a new regime can lead the UCI going forward & build the clean sport that we know can exist now. However, not convinced they will on their own volition given the implications for them, but they may have it forced upon them if SCA or indeed any of Armstrong's other sponsors pursue him in the courts for repayment of monies. I think this one has a long way to run yet!
The USADA case against Lance Armstrong is massively damaging for the sport of cycling. This is both in terms of the testing authorities inability to catch the cheats over a prolonged period and Lance Armstrong's decision not to come clean. However, the real damage of Armstrong and his team's deceit is the doubt it will inevitably cast on the success of any individual or team who wins the right way. Thus Bradley Wiggins and Sky will always face suspicion that their achievements are the product of doping rather than of preparation, attention to detail and exceptional performance.