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WTF Chief Lectures at Beijing University
WTF President Chungwon Choue shakes hands with Liu Peng, minister of the General Administrative of Sports of China and president of the Chinese Olympic Committee, prior to exchanging opinions on ways of how to develop Taekwondo and other sports in the two countries at their meeting at the Beijing Hotel in downtown Beijing, China, on Dec. 8, 2005.

BEIJING, China — Dr. Chungwon Choue, president of the World Taekwondo Federation, delivered a special lecture on "Taekwondo's Future and Prospects" for hundreds of Chinese students and sports leaders at Beijing University in Beijing, China, on Dec. 9, 2005.

During his lecture, Choue explained in detail about the processes in which Taekwondo was included in the official program of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the 117th IOC Session in Singapore in July 2005.

To help usher in the Taekwondo renaissance, Choue revealed the WTF's plans to increase the number of its member nations from the present 179 to 202 over the next four years, which he said would help raise the number of worldwide Taekwondo population from the current 60 million to over 100 million.

Choue also said that the WTF will strengthen its marketing activities, thereby helping expand its assistance to the so-called Taekwondo-developing countries.

"We plan to create the so-called 'Taekwondo Corps,' the Korean version of the United States' Peace Corps, to help Taekwondo developing countries," Choue said in his lecture.

WTF President Chungwon Choue poses with students of Beijing University shortly after deliveing a speical lecture on "Taekwondo's Future and Prospects" at the university in downtown Beijing on Dec. 9, 2005.

He also said that the WTF is pushing ahead with a plan to construct a four-year Taekwondo college, called "Taekwondo Academy," in Korea and several other countries around the world to bring up talents with global minds.

Choue said the WTF is developing electronic protectors to help ensure fairness in judging at Taekwondo competitions and hopes to introduce the new system during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, if possible.

Choue stressed that there are three "faces" of Taekwondo – Taekwondo as a traditional martial art, Taekwondo as an Olympic sport, and Taekwondo as a social sport.

"The tradition of Taekwondo as a martial art should be kept and respected for long, but much should be changed constantly about Taekwondo as an Olympic sport," Choue said.

On Dec. 8, Choue met with Liu Peng, minister of the General Administrative of Sports of China and president of the Chinese Olympic Committee, to exchange opinions on ways of developing Taekwondo and other sports in the two countries.

Liu was quoted as saying to Choue that "China has for now more than 1 million Taekwondo practitioners." Liu also expressed his appreciation to the WTF president for China's winning three gold medals at the past two Olympic Games. China earned one gold medal in the women's Taekwondo division at the 2000 Sydney Olympic and two gold medals in the women's division at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

The Beijing lecture is part of the WTF's efforts to promote its reform activities at home and abroad.

Choue began his lectures starting with the Suwon campus of Kyung Hee University for Taekwondo leaders and students in Suwon on May 16; followed by lectures at Keimyung University in Daegu on Oct. 31; at Chosun University in Gwangju on Nov. 1; at Gyeongju University on Nov. 28; and at Korea Nazarene University in Cheonan on Nov. 30.

Choue plans to continue his special lectures for other regions of the country next year.




 

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