A new electronic scoring system will enhance Australia's Taekwondo hopes at the Olympic Games.
Sports Taekwondo Australia director of sport Daniel Trenton says the use of electronic chest pads to register successful hits will even out the playing field and reduce human error by referees in London.
"It gives every athlete a very equal chance of being victorious," Trenton says.
Taekwondo has been divided into four weight categories for both men and women at the Olympics, but traditionally the sport is divided into eight weight categories.
During the Australian qualification process, athletes first compete in their traditional weight category before moving on to qualification events for the Olympic weight categories.
Australia can nominate a maximum of four athletes - two men and two women - for London.
Australia's Olympic hopefuls will get their chance to impress in the particular weight categories at the Oceania tournament in September.
Then, once it has been worked out which events Australia has qualified for, Sports Taekwondo Australia will run a final nomination event in January next year and make their selections based on performances throughout the process.
Taekwondo first became an Olympic sport in Sydney and Australia's two medals - a gold and a bronze - were won on home soil.
As the strongest nation in Oceania, Trenton says he expects Australia will field a full team at the London games.
"We are confident that our athletes will perform very well at those Olympics, with chances of securing a medal," Trenton says.
Original article by thewest.com.au
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