Embassy News
 Arts & Living
 Travel & Hotel
 Medical Tourism New
 Letters to Editor
 Photo Gallery
 News Media Link
 TV Schedule Link
 News English
 Hospitals & Clinics
 Flea Market
 Moving & Packaging
 Religious Service
 Korean Classes
 Korean Weather
 Real Estate
 Home Stay
 Room Mate
 English Teaching
 Job Offered/Wanted
 Hotel Lounge
 Foreign Exchanges
 Korean Stock
 Business Center
 PR & Ads
 Arts & Performances
 Restaurants & Bars
 Tour & Travel
 Shopping Guide
 Foreign Missions
 Community Groups
 Foreign Workers
 Useful Services
 ST Banner Exchange
S. Korean Taekwondo Medalist Elected to IOC Athletes' Commission
Athens Taekwondo Champion Moon Dae-Sung
Photo Courtesy of Joynews

Athens taekwondo champion Moon Dae-Sung of South Korea was elected on Aug. 21, 2008 to the athlete's commission of the International Olympic Committee.

Moon finished first among the 29 contenders that stood in the election at the Olympic Village during the Beijing Games. The 32-year-old, who took 3,220 of 7,216 ballots cast, is the first Asian athlete to be elected by peers as a member of the commission founded in 1981 to serve as a link between Olympic athletes and the IOC.

Representatives from the 19-member commission are allowed to join meetings of other IOC commissions to deliver athletes' perspectives and voice their opinions on various matters, including doping and Olympic preparation.

"I have rammed home the message that my leadership is going to be pure, powerful and peaceful," Moon said. "The world of sports is revolving around Europe and the United States, but I will work hard to voice Asian athletes' voices as well."

South Korea has attempted to produce members of the commission since 2002, but has failed until Moon — a taekwondo icon and professor at home — became one of the four athletes to be newly elected for the eight-year term.

Former Samsung Group chairman Lee Kun-Hee is the only non-athlete South Korean member on the IOC, after two others resigned over the years amid corruption scandals. (Yonhap News)






The Seoul Times Shinheungro 25-gil 2-6 Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea 04337 (ZC)
Office: 82-10-6606-6188
Copyrights 2000 The Seoul Times Company  ST Banner Exchange