Responding to feedback from coaches and team managers, the Singapore Taekwondo Federation (STF) Management Committee in its monthly meeting in September decided to restrict the participation of red belt holders in all competitions organized or sanctioned by the STF to a maximum of two years from the date they obtained their grades.
Safety and fairness are the primary reasons for the decision. The Committee agreed that it would be dangerous for a red belt player with many years of fighting experience to compete with a fresh red belt holder. It was also unfair to allow players whose standards were vastly different to participate in the same event.
The period of eligibility to compete in the red belt category means that, if a player obtains his red belt (Grade 2) on 4 October 2008, he can compete in any tournament up to 3 October 2010 as a red belt. It does not matter when he achieves his red belt (Grade 1).
The Committee is also looking into allowing head kicks for junior players (14 to 17 years old). There are two strong opposing views. In the nutshell, one group objects to the introduction because of safety reason. The other group supports it because it will better prepare the players for international competitions.
Team managers, coaches and players are invited to email the STF at firstname.lastname@example.org their views on the matter.