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Chungwon Choue Succeeds in Retaining Presidency of World Taekwondo Federation
Chungwon Choue

Dr. Chungwon Choue was elected a third time as president of the World Taekwondo Federation at the WTF General Assembly at the Scandic Copenhagen Hotel in Copenbhagen, Denmark on Oct. 13, 2009.

Out of a total of 150 votes cast, Dr. Choue garnered 104 votes against 45 by Thailand's Nat Indrapana, with one vote invalid. Choue was first elected president of the WTF in June 2004 for the remainder of his predecessor, and then was re-elected in May 2005 for a four-year term.

In the vice presidential elections, Mr. Sun-Jae Park, president of the Italian Taekwondo Federation; Gen. Ahmed Fouly, president of the African Taekwondo Union and vice president of the WTF; and Mr. Kamaladdin Heydarov, president of the Azerbaijan Taekwondo Federation and vice president of the WTF, were elected vice presidents of the WTF. There were five candidates for the vice presidency.

The General Assembly also elected 14 WTF Council members. They were 2 from Africa - Driss El-Hilali (Morocco) and Issaka Ide (Niger); 5 from Asia - Mohamed Al-Sulaiti (Qatar), Hong Sung-Chon (Philippines), Lee Kyu-Seok (Korea), Zhao Lei (China) and Sayed Mohammad Pouladgar (Iran); 4 from Europe - Fuzuli Musayev (Azerbaijan), Roger Piarulli (France), Jesus Castellanos Pueblas (Spain) and Metin Sahin (Turkey); 2 from Pan Am - Moon Dai Won (Mexico) and Mario Mandel Vaisman (Chile); and 1 from Oceania - Kim tae Kyung (New Zealand).

The two elected auditors were Ali Sagirkaya of Turkey and Dalibor Krpan of Croatia.

Shortly after the announcement of the results of the presidential election, Dr. Choue and Dr. Indrapana embraced each other and raised their hands in the air, showing their unity and harmony.

In his acceptance speech, Dr. Choue said, "Now it is time for us to put aside our differences and rivalry. We are one family sharing the same vision for the progress of taewkondo."

"Dr. Nat Indrapana made some important suggestions for the future of taekwondo. With renewed spirit as one, we need to move forward for the further development of our sport of taekwondo," Choue said.

He continued to say, "From this day, I will commit myself to carrying out my campaign pledges step by step. I want you all to be part of the way." "With the new leadership and new Council, I wish to make the next four years exciting and memorable."

"Let us unite for the new chapter of taekwondo history and for the amazing evolution of taekwondo," Choue concluded.

In his campaign speech before the election, Choue said, "Fair play has been the guiding principle for my entire life. Fair play has been the main principle for he election campaign because how we behave as leaders of the taekwondo family reflects what we are."

"Although there have been some difficulties with untrue allegations, I have kept my principles during this campaign, and I am standing humbly, but with dignity, before you on this final stage," he said.

Choue said, "We gathered here, not to reveal how we are divided, but to demonstrate how we are united. We gathered here, not to go backward, but to move forward. We can not stop here. We have to keep moving forward."

"Four years ago, before you and the entire taekwondo family members around the world, I solemnly pledged to bring some fundamental changes and innovations to taekwondo."

He said, "We have to keep reforming, updating, and working together, because we have responsibility to bring out taekwondo's true potential as an international sport."






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