Taekwondo enthusiasts around the world now have a reason to rejoice. World Taekwondo has announced the inclusion of 360 degree 4K video technology at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Fans will be able to watch taekwondo in a 360-degree 4K video during 2020 Tokyo Games. The ultra high-definition panoramic cameras would bring fans unprecedented views, capturing fighters’ technique and providing referees with a video replay for more accurate calls.
The fans will get various views to enjoy those super-fast and powerful turning kicks.
Taekwondo is one of the last events scheduled for the 2020 Games, according to the Yonhap News Agency, meaning that the international governing body for the sport could have a prime opportunity to show off the new system.
World Taekwondo’s president Chungwon Choue has stated that the sport is in close proximity in the Games’ calendar to karate, which will make its debut in Tokyo 2020. “Taekwondo is the more experienced sport at the Olympics (compared with karate). Our executive members want to show Taekwondo’s power,” said Choue.
Choue’s statement indicates that karate is considered one of the fiercest rival-competitor of Taekwondo.
The decision to bring 4K 360-degree video to taekwondo stems from similar technology being used to capture archery. “Archery earned popularity with a high-speed camera despite the simplicity of the sport, and we realized that it’s important to provide dynamic images,” Choue said at a World Taekwondo press conference, according to the Yonhap agency. “In Tokyo, we want more cameras and to provide 360-degree images.”
It is not the first time the apex governing body of taekwondo has introduced technology. Taekwondo noticeably has been the leader among other martial arts and combat sports in embracing technology.
World Taekwondo in the last Olympics at Rio, had introduced the sensor equipped headgear which teams up with the sensor equipped Chest protector introduced in 2012. Both the Chest protector and the headgear forms the part of Electronic Protective Scoring System (PSS).
PSS works with the sensor socks the competitors wear to measure the impact of any strikes delivered and automatically record valid points for those strikes.