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WTF Council Approves Aruba as Host of 2012 World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships
WTF Council Approves Aruba as Host of 2012 World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships

The World Taekwondo Federation held its Council meeting at the Yin Du Hotel in Urumqi, China on July 19, 2010, in which Council members decided on important issues.

The Council gave the Aruba Taekwondo Association the right to host the 2010 WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships and the 3rd WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships in 2012 in Santa Cruz, while it approved the Egyptian Taekwondo Federation to host the 9th WTF World Junior Taekwondo Championships in Sharm El Sheikh in November of 2012.

The Council also approved the Burundi Taekwondo Federation as the WTF’s 191st member national association pending the final approval of the WTF General Assembly in October 2010 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. In recognition of its efforts for the promotion of taekwondo, the Council also promoted Macao from a provisional member to a full member.

The Council approved the amendment to the Standing Procedure for the Olympic Games and the amendment to the byelaw of the WTF World Ranking.

Council members were briefed on the establishment of the proposed ‘WTF Academy,’ which will be in charge of international referee seminars, coach seminars, and taekwondo symposiums, as well as studies for the practical use of the WTF-designated training centers around the world.

They were also briefed on the launch of the WTF’ Global Membership System (GMS) and the establishment of a preparatory committee for the WTF’s 40th anniversary in 2013, as well as the operation of a new system for a referee pool and a judge pool.

The next Council meeting will take place on October 6 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on the occasion of the 5th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships.

At the very beginning of the Council meeting, WTF President Chungwon Choue introduced Grandmaster Won-sik kang, new president of the Kukkiwon, to the Council members.

“On this occasion, I hope and believe that a closer relationship will be established between the WTF and the Kukkiwon,” WTF President Choue said.

In his remarks for the Council members, Grandmaster Kang said, “We must seek continuous change in order to survive. Listening to and reacting to changes in a creative way is the key to success in this modern era.”

“Those who are insensible and dread to the reformation can no longer remain. Thus, I will make the Kukkiwon a creative and changing organization,” Kang said. “My dear taekwondo family, I will bring out the energy required for the future development of taekwondo. Through the Kukkiwon, I will harmonize the thoughts and attitudes of our taekwondo family and I will bring about an era of trust.”

Mr. Kang said, “I will take the initiative in the turnaround of the Kukkiwon. The Kukkiwon and the WTF are partners in taekwondo. I ask you to please give me your interest and support as our partner. Our mutual cooperation will work synergetically toward the future development of taekwondo.” “I believe with your participation and support will the Kukkiwon, the WTF and taekwondo in a more progressive way. Together let us create a brighter future for the Kukkiwon and our beloved taekwondo family.”

In the afternoon, there was a joint press conference for WTF President Choue, Kukkiwon President Kang and Mr. Dai-soon Lee, a vice president of the WTF and chairman of the Taekwondo Promotion Foundation.






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