Taekwondo is a far east-originated Olympic sports branch, which is viewed among individual and combative sport. Although it has a history extending to 3 thousand years, it has become an Olympic sport in 2000. In the world, more than 40 million people in 140 countries, aging from 7 to 70, practice this sport. In this study, taekwondo sport and the concept of fair play will be investigated and the evaluation of several rituals conducted in taekwondo sport will be evaluated in terms of fair play. In the study, the books written about taekwondo sport were investigated and the necessary evaluations were interpreted by watching taekwondo competitions and taking notes. In the study, the documental survey was adopted. The documental survey method consists of the following steps: finding the resources for the desired aim, reading them, taking notes about them and the evaluation process. The definition of taekwondo includes the concept of fair play. The term, Do, is referred to as the ways, morals and ethics. In taekwondo competitions, athletes first salute the referees and the audience, shake hands with their opponents and wish luck, which covers some of the examples of fair play. The fact that it is not allowed to attack a fallen opponent in the competition and it has penal sanctions also attracts attention. Furthermore, in taekwondo centers and training, saluting the flag and the coach and taking the taekwondo oath are of importance in terms of fair play. In training, the ranks of belts among the athletes have importance in terms of the hierarchical structure in sports. Concise statements such as “Taekwondo is a race in peace.”, and “Taekwondo athletes break everything but a heart.” indicate that this branch of sports is a perfect sports branch in terms of fair play.


Taekwondo, Fair Play, Fair Play and Taekwondo

Author : Mikail TEL
Number of pages: 8-16
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The Journal of Turk-Islam World Social Studies
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