World Taekwondo Global Integrity Unit

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Safe Sport is about enabling participants in the Taekwondo Movement to practice Taekwondo in a safe and respectful environment free from all forms of harassment and abuse.

In accordance with the WT Safeguarding Policy:

WT adopts the definition of harassment and abuse as set out in the IOC Consensus Statement (2016). Harassment and abuse can be expressed in five forms which may occur in combination or in isolation. These five forms are:

i. Psychological abuse - means any unwelcome act including confinement, isolation, verbal assault, humiliation, intimidation, infantilisation, or any other treatment which may diminish the sense of identity, dignity, and self-worth.

ii. Physical abuse - means any deliberate and unwelcome act – such as for example punching, beating, kicking, biting and burning – that causes physical trauma or injury. Such act can also consist of forced or inappropriate physical activity (e.g., age-, or physique- inappropriate training loads; when injured or in pain), forced alcohol consumption, or forced doping practices.

iii. Sexual harassment - any unwanted and unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, whether verbal, non-verbal or physical. Sexual harassment can take the form of sexual abuse.

iv. Sexual abuse - any conduct of a sexual nature, whether non-contact, contact or penetrative, where consent is coerced/manipulated or is not or cannot be given.

v. Neglect - within the meaning of this document means the failure of a coach or another person with a duty of care towards the athlete to provide a minimum level of care to the athlete, which is causing harm, allowing harm to be caused, or creating an imminent danger of harm.

For more information about these five forms, visit the IOC page.

To understand this area better, take IOC’s Free Safeguarding Certification Course.

And for more information, see: WT Rules and list of Sanctioned Athletes and Officials