Until recently, one of my long term goals for KO Podium was to build a database with the results of the main events (world and continental championships), in order to identify champions – promising young athletes or experienced veterans – who deserve more coverage. I finally changed my mind for two reasons:
- It’s a really teadious work. All in all, each federation (keep in mind that there are numerous national federations and continental unions for each martial art…) publishes its results with a different format, which usually changes every 5 years or so. Therefore it’s quite complicated to automate the data gathering. Doing it in a consistent and comprehensive manner requires long hours of meticulous, laborious (and monotonous) work. I praise the fantastic job done by specialized websites like Taekwondo Data.
- Gathering information makes sense if it’s really useful. If you live in Spain, you are likely not interested in the last South-East Asian championships raw results. As a martial art fan, you would probably be if I added beautiful pictures and jaw dropping videos of the event. Truth is, I clearly can’t do that for now.
Besides, I had an easy-to-carry-out idea to leverage the now dropped database architecture : study the results of the nations – ranked according to the medal tally – over a long period of time in the main international events. To be more precise, I modified the database to count the nations’ results instead of the athletes’. For my first experiment, I will study the European Taekwondo Junior Championships results of the last 15 years. Which are the top tier performing countries ? Which country made the most impressive progress ? There is a lot to learn from such a study!
These results could be even more interesting once combined with others. This very first test is a good example. Afterwards, we could compare the findings with the senior championships data and then identify the countries with the best junior to senior/elite evolution rate.
Stay tuned, first report next week!