It has come to our attention that some national federations do not adhere to the safety requirements under the Kumite rules, specifically the use of protective helmets for those under 14 years of age. This is not acceptable.
Article 2 of the Kumite Rules clearly states that for competitors under 14 years of age the use of WKF approved WKF Helmet and External Chest Protector is compulsory. Should a shortage of helmets occur, it is acceptable to provide sets of helmets per tatami, and then disinfect the helmets between different users.
Article 17 gives NFs some lenience in adopting the rules for national competitions but at the same time clearly prohibits any alteration of the rules pertaining to the safety of the competitors. Not adhering to the safety rules is unacceptable, especially when it comes to the youngest competitors. Ignoring these rules will also give any organizer serious legal and financial exposure if an incident should occur as a plaintiff would be able to point out negligence in compliance to the safety considerations of the WKF competition rules.
Any federation that finds itself in non-compliance must immediately take action to remedy the situation.