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Officials: New electronic scoring system is expected to add clarity, reduce chance of protests

07/25/2012 10:06 EDT | Updated 09/24/2012 05:12 EDT
LONDON - Taekwondo officials are hoping the martial art's new electronic scoring system will eliminate any chance of controversy at the London Games.

The Korean martial art was plagued by scoring controversies at the Beijing Olympics, and the results of one heavyweight women's fight were overturned. After nearly being tossed out of the Olympics, taekwondo revamped its scoring system, introducing electronic body protectors that automatically register kicks and punches if they are executed with sufficient force.

Jean-Marie Ayer, secretary-general of the World Taekwondo Federation, said he would be "very surprised" if there were any protests over scoring at the London Games.

He said the sport's other rule change awarding more points for head kicks should make it more dynamic and action-packed for fans.

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