WTF President Visits Europe to Attend ETU, FISU Events
BONN, Germany --- Dr. Chungwon Choue, president of the ETU and WTF, made a weeklong visit to Europe for various taekwondo events in late May.
On May 24, Dr. Choue arrived in Bonn, Germany, to have a meeting with leaders of the European Taekwondo Union.
The following day, the WTF president attended a media seminar for sports journalists, which was for the first time ever jointly organized by ETU and WTF.
The media seminar was held to mark the 30th anniversary of the founding of ETU, the first regional taekwondo union of WTF and the largest with a membership of 47 countries. The ETU was founded on May 2, 1976, with an original 12 founding member national associations.
The seminar was mainly aimed at providing sports journalists with accurate and up-to-date information about taekwondo, as well as the WTF’s reform process toward a more media friendly Olympic sport.
The WTF currently has a worldwide membership of 181 countries as of the end of May this year.
Later in the day, Dr. Choue also participated in a commemorative event to mark the 30th ETU anniversary, which drew representatives from 42 ETU member associations.
On May 26, the WTF president attended the opening ceremony of the 17th European Senior Taekwondo Championships held at the Hardt Halle Stadium in Bonn.
The three-day event, organized by the German Taekwondo Federation, drew hundreds of athletes and players from 42 ETU member associations. Mr. Heinz Gruber heads the German Taekwondo Federation.
“Since its founding on May 2, 1976, ETU has worked closely with WTF in the development of taekwondo in Europe,” said WTF President Choue in his congratulatory speech during the opening ceremony.
He added, “We are also grateful of having passionate taekwondo grandmasters who took it upon themselves to venture in Europe.” “The successful dissemination of taekwondo in Europe would not have been possible without such a pioneering spirit.”
“The status of taekwondo as an Olympic sport is not the only significant change. Over the past year, WTF has implemented new reform measures to enhance the operations of the world governing body of taekwondo,” he said. “For our innovative measures to succeed, we need the continued support of our global partners like ETU.”
On May 27, Dr. Choue traveled to Brussels, Belgium, to attend a ceremony to mark the inauguration of the new headquarters of the International University Sport Federation (FISU).
Dr. Choue had a meeting with FISU President George E. Killian to exchange opinions on how to better cooperate with each other for the promotion of taekwondo and other sports. The WTF and the FISU have agreed to sign a Collaboration Convention soon.
During the three-hour-long ceremony, WTF President Choue also met with Aleksandar Sostar, director of the Ministry of Education and Sports of the Republic of Serbia; and Sinisa Jasnic, general director of the 25th Universiade Belgrade 2009, to exchange opinions of common concern.
The next World University Taekwondo Championships are scheduled to take place in Belgrade in 2008, the venue for the 2009 Summer Universiade.
Taekwondo was an optional sport at the 2003 Universiade in Daegu, Korea, and 2005 Universiade in Izmir, Turkey. The sport will also be an optional sport at the 2007 Universiade in Bangkok, Thailand.