World Taekwondo Federation forced to cancel inaugural Beach Championships

The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) has cancelled its inaugural World Beach Championships, which were scheduled to take place next month, due to financial difficulties at the local organising committee.

The event was due to be held on the Indonesian island of Bali from July 23-24 but is now set to be rescheduled for next year.

In a letter to national federations, WTF secretary general Hoss Rafaty said: “Like you, we were very excited about the very first championships and were in the final stages of our preparation. However, (the) financial situation of (the) organising committee in Bali, Indonesia forced us to cancel the championships.

“We will find another hosting member national association in the first half of next year and as soon as the venue and dates are finalised, we will dispatch your information.”

The two-day event had originally been due to take place from June 4-5 but was rescheduled so it would not coincide with Ramadan. The Championships would have consisted of competitions in the recognised poomsae, freestyle poomsae, technical breaking, freestyle dynamic kicks and team demonstrations disciplines.

The event would have featured two male and two female age divisions, with the WTF having planned to use the Championships as a showcase for the sport in the build-up to the first-ever ANOC (Association of National Olympic Committees) World Beach Games in San Diego, California next year.