Press Release: July 17, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 17, 2020
Chief Master Candidate Betsy Stevens
International Chairman of Tournaments
ATA Tournament Department
2020 District Championships, 2020 World Championships, &
all ATA Sanctioned Tournaments Canceled for 2020
LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS (July 17, 2020) – ATA International announced today that the 2020 District Championships, the 2020 World Championships, and all ATA sanctioned tournaments have been canceled for the remainder of the year.
The decision for this cancellation centered on three factors:
1) The health & safety of our ATA licensees, members, and community.
2) The financial hardship presently endured by many of our licensees and members.
3) The general uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, ability to travel, and anticipated guidance by respective health and governmental agencies.
ATA International Board of Directors and the Masters Council are currently discussing and working on a plan for the tournament season to resume in January 2021. We are looking into how to address both Tournament of Champions and the Masters’ Ceremony; further correspondence will be provided in the coming weeks.
While ATA International remains hopeful to be able to commence by 2021, it is still too early to reach any decisions or offer guidance at this time. In providing further guidance to the ATA community, ATA International will continue to provide updates as decisions are made to eliminate any confusion during this time of constant change.
Information will be communicated via www.ataonline.com/newsroom and ATA Martial Arts Facebook page as it becomes available.
About ATA International
The ATA was founded in 1969 by Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee. The organization is internationally headquartered in Little Rock, AR and has called the state capital home since 1977. With active membership approaching 300,000 worldwide, ATA is North America’s largest martial arts organization
dedicated to the discipline of Taekwondo. ATA is a pioneer in the martial arts industry because of its unique Songahm style curriculum.
For more information about ATA, visit www.ataonline.com.