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Moldovan Prime Minister Pledges to Promote Taekwondo Across Nation
Country Lays out Plans to Become Taekwondo Hub in Eastern Europe
WTF President Poses with Moldovan Prime Minister and Sports Minister — WTF President Chungwon Choue poses with Moldovan Prime Minister Valeriu Strelet (first from right) and Youth and Sports Minister Loretta Handrabura at the premier's office in Chisinau, Moldova on August 14, 2015.

MOSCOW, Russia (August 15, 2015) – The Republic of Moldova will strategically promote the Olympic sport of taekwondo nationwide, the country’s prime minister and sports minister have pledged.

In a meeting on August 14, 2015 in the Moldovan capital of Chisinau attended by Moldovan Prime Minister Valeriu Streleț, Moldovan Youth and Sports Minister Loretta Handrabura, WTF President Chungwon Choue and Moldovan Taekwondo Federation President Igor Iuzefovici, Premier Strelet said he was committed to opening a WTF Regional Training Center by 2018.

The facility would be the first dedicated sport academy in the nation, Handrabura added.

At a subsequent press conference, also in Chisinau, Handrabura announced that taekwondo would become an optional sport in elementary schools nationwide and expressed Moldova’s interest in hosting one of the World Taekwondo Grand Prix series events in 2016.

Iuzefovici, a strong patron of taekwondo in Moldova, stated that the center would serve as an excellent training hub for neighboring countries as Moldova, at the heart of Eastern Europe, is easily accessible.

“I was deeply gratified to hear of Moldova’s ambitious plans for taekwondo from the prime minister and sports minister,” said WTF President Choue, who flew into Moldova on the first day of the 2015 WTF World Taekwondo Grand Prix Series 1 in Moscow for the meetings.

“The WTF stands ready to fully support these ambitious programs, which have the potential to propel Moldova forward as a regional force in taekwondo,” Choue added.

In a kick-start to its taekwondo offensive, Moldova has already secured the services of one of taekwondo’s most prominent athletes.

With the sponsorship of Iuzefovici, Aaron Cook, formerly of Team GB and Isle of Man, adopted Moldovan citizenship this year. The world-ranked number two in the highly competitive men’s -80kg division, Cook is representing the country as a strong Olympic hopeful for Rio 2016. If successful, Cook would deliver Moldova’s first-ever Olympic medal.






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