Anti-Doping Control for ITF Taekwon-Do World Championships

For the first time there will be an Anti-Dop control test at the ITF Taekwon-do World Championships in New Zealand.  This actually really pleases me!!  Several countries pay their athletes for their medals and for some athletes this can be the main source of their family income so they are willing to do whatever it takes to win. They have a lot more at stake if they lose.  When I competed in the GTF Taekwon-do World Cup two years ago, I had a long conversation with the organizers about how some of the kids never saw their parents since they were taken away for training.  They knew that it might be the only way that they could pay for their education. It really made me think about how lucky I was to live in Canada.   Since I’m in the Hyper Weight division for sparring it makes me feel more comfortable knowing that I’m not against someone who is stronger because of the steroids.  I just want an equal playing field.