WTF General Assembly Approves to Establish Ethics Committee, Adopts Poomsae Competition Uniforms
The General Assembly also approved the adoption of a new WTF poomsae competition uniform, which will be used for the first time at the 2nd WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in September this year in Incheon.
The Assembly also adopted a WTF taekwondo anthem, which will be played for the first time at the 2007 Beijing World Taekwondo Championships, which kick off tomorrow for a five-day run at the Changping Gymnasium in northern Beijing.
The Assembly approved American Samoa and Montenegro as new members of the WTF. With the new additions, the WTF has a global membership of 184.
At the General Assembly, Copenhagen, Denmark, earned the right to host the 2007 WTF World Taekwondo Championships. Baku, Azerbaijan, offered to withdraw its candidacy as the host site of the 2009 World Taekwondo Championships at the last moment, for the solidarity and unity among the global taekwondo family.
The Copenhagen delegation promised to make the 2009 World Taekwondo Championships the best ever taekwondo event.
WTF President appointed Mr. Dae-sung Moon of Korea, the gold medalist in the over 80kg weight class at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and now a professor at a Korean university, and Ms. Myriam Baverel from France, the silver medalist in the over 67kg category at the Athens Olympic Games and now the national coach of the French team, as athlete Council members of the WTF. They will serve a two-year term to the WTF Council.
The General Assembly gave the green light to set up a TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemptions) Committee within the WTF Medical Committee. The TEU Committee will function as a subcommittee of the WTF.
Concerning proposals for the amendments to the WTF Competition Rules, the General Assembly decided to gather more feedbacks from member national associations and taekwondo experts before putting them to vote for approval. The date for the approval will be decided at a later time.
Mr. Dai-soon Lee, a vice president of the WTF and chairman of the Coordination Committee for Taekwondo Integration and the WTF’s ad-hoc Committee on Dan Certification, made progress reports on the ongoing WTF-ITF discussions and Dan certification. Several delegates raised their concern and worries over the ongoing WTF-ITF talks.
Delegates were also briefed on updated activities of the WTF’s ad-hoc Committee on Electronic Protectors, the WTF Paralympic Committee and the Reform Evaluation Committee meeting.
Dr. Nat Indrapana, a vice president of the WTF and IOC member of Thailand, made a report on the Reform Evaluation Committee. Dr. Nat was recently appointed as deputy minister of sports and tourism in Thailand.
Delegates also heard from representatives from the Organizing Committee of the taekwondo competition of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, world and continental qualification tournaments for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and the 2007 WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships.
“As president of the WTF, I have devoted most of my time and energy to the following tasks: to make taekwondo more attractive and action-packed, to ensure fairer judgment and refereeing through the introduction of an electronic protector system and stepped-up referee education, to strengthen solidarity between the WTF and member national associations and continental unions by expanding financial support and strengthening solidarity programs, and to enhance financial stability of the WTF through promotion of marketing activities and transparency in the management of finance matters,” said WTF President Choue in his welcome speech at the General Assembly.
Delegates at the General Assembly received an 11-page WTF President’s Special Report on WTF Activities, which details major WTF activities since June 11, 2004, when Dr. Choue was elected to president of the WTF.