Series of WTF Committee Meetings Slated for Late October and Early November
The topics to be dealt with at the meetings of three different WTF committees are dan certification, paralympics, and reform evaluation.
On Oct. 30 and 31, the WTF’s ad-hoc Committee on Dan Certification will hold its first meeting at the headquarters of the WTF in Seoul.
The committee, headed by Mr. Dai-soon Lee of Korea, a vice president of the WTF, is to examine the general dan certification practices by WTF member national associations and to recommend the best dan certification procedure to the WTF president.
The committee members are WTF Council members Mr. Sang-keun Song and Prof. Kyu-seok Lee, both Korean; Egypt’s Hossam Morsi, secretary general of the African Taekwondo Union; Korea’s Ki-chul Choi, secretary general of the Asian Taekwondo Union; the Netherlands’ Gerrit Eissink, a WTF Council member and secretary general of the European Taekwondo Union; Australia’s John Kotsifas, secretary general of the Oceania Taekwondo Union; and Colombia’s Helder Navarro Carriazo, secretary general of the Pan American Taekwondo Union.
On Nov. 3-4, the WTF Paralympic Committee is to convene its inaugural meeting at the headquarters of the WTF.
The Paralympic Committee is led by Mr. Tae-eun Lee of Canada, who also serves as auditor of the WTF. The committee members, whose term of office will be from Aug. 25, 2006 to Sept. 7, 2007, are Mr. Gerrit Eissink of the Netherlands; Dr. Paul Viscogliosi of France; Prof. Yun-hyuk Kim of Korea; and Mrs. Maria Rosario Borello Castillo of Guatemala.
The committee will exchange opinions on ways of helping taekwondo to be included in the official program of the Paralympic Games. The WTF is striving to put taekwondo poomsae in the program of the Paralympic Games.
The WTF approved the establishment of the WTF Paralympic Committee at its general assembly on July 25, 2006, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
On Nov. 7-9, the WTF will hold the first meeting of the WTF Reform Evaluation Committee in Bangkok, Thailand; almost two years after initiating its reform project.
The Reform Evaluation Committee is led by Thailand’s Nat Indrapana, a member of the International Olympic Committee and vice president of the WTF. Dr. Nat served as the chairman of the ad-hoc WTF Reform Committee, which produced an 188-page reform report in February 2005 after months of hard work and extensive research.
The committee members are Korea’s Dai-soon Lee; Chinese Taipei’s Coleman Lee; and Jean-Marie Ayer of Switzerland. Invited persons for the meeting are Mr. Eui-min Ko of Germany, chairman of the WTF Technical Committee; Mr. Soo-nam Park of Germany, chairman of the ad-hoc WTF Committee on Electronic Protectors; and Mr. Hong-ki Kim of the United States, chairman of the WTF Refereeing Committee.
“The main purpose of the committee meeting is to check the progress of the WTF’s ongoing reform programs,” said WTF President Chungwon Choue.