The WTF has signed the agreement with the city of Puebla, Mexico, for the celebration of 2013 World Taekwondo Championships.
The signing ceremony was hosted by the mayor of Puebla, Eduardo Rivera Perez, at the Puebla city hall. The agreement was signed by WTF President Dr. Choue, the Mexican Taekwondo Federation which was represented by its president Juan Manuel Lopez Delgado, the representatives of Puebla and the representatives of the Mexican Ministry of Sports, among others. It will be the first time that Mexico hosts a World Taekwondo Championships and the first time in Latin America after 1982.
The signing ceremony was followed by a spectacular exhibition of the WTF Demonstration Team.
The 2013 World Taekwondo Championships will take place at the Puebla Exhibition Center in July 15-21. The Puebla Exhibition Center is known to be the largest exhibition center in Latin America.
WTF President Dr. Choue said “We are delighted to be staging our World Championships at this spectacular venue in this beautiful city. It is a proud occasion when we can take our premier competition outside the Olympic Games to one of our 204 Member National Associations for the very first time. Taekwondo has experienced a huge boom in uptake globally since the success of London 2012, and we are confident that our partners in Mexico can help us continue that trend. The global Taekwondo family looks forward to an outstanding World Championships in 2013.”
Taekwondo is known to be extremely popular in Mexico and it became even more popular after Maria del Rosario Espinoza won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. At the 2012 London Olympic Games Espinoza was in charge of the Mexican flag during the opening ceremony and won a bronze medal at the Taekwondo competition.
Mayor Perez said “Taekwondo is now a global sport whose tradition has grown. The Mexican Taekwondo Federation was recognised by the WTF in 1973, making it one of the (WTF’s) first member nations. It is with huge pleasure I announce that the city of Puebla will have the honour of organising this great event, of international proportions. This is the first time that an individual international sport event will have been held in our city. We are very proud that the WTF has entrusted this to us.”
WTF Secretary General Jean Marie Ayer affirmed that “over the past two days, we have met with members of the Local Organising Committee, the city and state of Puebla and the Mexican Taekwondo Federation to discuss their preparations for the 2013 WTF World Taekwondo Championships. The venue of the competitions is a very, very impressive facility. We’re expecting big crowds, and the Puebla Exhibition Centre will have no problem accommodating them. I believe at this rate the Local Organising Committee could create a taekwondo competition every bit as extraordinary as the London 2012 Olympic Taekwondo at the ExCeL Centre.”
At the Gyeongju 2011 World Taekwondo Championships Iran beat Korea in the male division and China won over Korea in the female division at the Beijing 2007 World Championships. Spain was ranked as the Taekwondo top medalist team at the 2012 London Olympic Games. We are now anxious to know what the 2013 World Taekwondo Championships will hold and what will be the future steps of our Sport.
[WTM Sung Jin Park]