Taekwondo's past and future will be examined during the conference ©WTF

The world’s leading taekwondo academics are set to descend on San Francisco to take part in the 2016 International Academic Conference for Taekwondo (iACT).

Organised by the iACT and the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) Scientific Research Committee, the conference will discuss the sport’s past and future on April 2, at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel.

Among the key topics on the agenda of the all-day event, which is sponsored by the WTF, will by the examination of controversies in the sport’s history.

It is likely that the judging failures at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, which left the sport at risk of being removed from the Olympic programme, will be one of the areas discussed.

Britain's Sarah Stevenson was not given two points for a high-kick to the head in the Chinese capital, and only advanced from her quarter-final with China's Chen Zhong after a team protest and the studying of video evidence.

The sport introduced a video technology system following the controversies, which helped the London 2012 Olympic Games pass without similar problems.

The conference will aim to focus on driving the sport forward in the future, but will begin with a presentation by Hyeong-seok Song, Steven Capener and George Vitale, who research taekwondo’s history.

John A. Johnson will then make a presentation to the speakers and introduce the Journal of the International Association for Taekwondo Research.

The first edition of the conference was attended by former world champion Je Gyeong Kim who held a practice event
The first edition of the conference was attended by former world champion Je Gyeong Kim who held a practice event ©WTF

Taekwondo grandmaster Woo-jin Jung will make a keynote speech on the issues facing International Taekwondo Federations and the WTF, while Franjo Prot will outline the history of the European Taekwondo Union.

The conference will also see Udo Moenig discuss taekwondo’s transformation from a "martial art to a martial sport", and Allan Bäck will present on its past and future.

Grandmaster Alexander Choi and Ron Dziwenka will then draw the conference to a close with a round-table discussion also examining the past and future of the sport.

The conference, which was staged for the first time in 2015, will seek to highlight the contribution of the taekwondo community to education, as well as celebrating their educational leaders.