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2011 World Taekwondo Hanmadang in Namyangju

?? Openning Ceremony of 2011 World Taekwondo Hanmadang.

The “2011 World Taekwondo Hanmadang” was opened on the 10th of August in Namyangju city, in the province of Kyung-ki, South Korea.

The Namyang Sports and Culture Center gathered in one place 3,700 taekwondo practitioners from 53 countries, which will compete in 11 events and 52 fields until the 13th of August.

The opening ceremony was held at 4 P.M. and counted with the presence of personalities related to the world of Taekwondo such as Joo-Hoon Kim, Chairman of Kukkiwon, Won-Sik Kang, President of Kukkiwon, Dae-Sun Lee, Chairman of the Taekwondo Promotion Foundation, Young-Ki Cho, KTA Vice-Chairman, not to mention political personalities such as Seon-Kyu Park, 2nd Vice-Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Seok-Woo Lee, Mayor of Namyangju city, Ki-Choon Park, Congressman and President of the Namyangju Taekwondo Association.

Won-Sik Kang, President of Kukkiwon said in the opening speech that “the World Taekwondo Hanmadang has not only served as a place for members of the Taekwondo family worldwide to show their techniques, but also as an opportunity for them to improve their skills. We sincerely hope the World Taekwondo Hanmadang will be full of new dreams and new friendships. Let us all unite this world through Taekwondo, the true value of this World Taekwondo Hanmadang.”

The Mayor of Namyangju, Seok-Woo Lee, said in the welcome speech that “all the 570.000 inhabitants of Namyangju, are very proud to host the World Taekwondo Hanmadang, which could be regarded as the Taekwondo Olympics, in our city. We hope you make happy memories while you stay in our city.”

Seon-Kyu Park, 2nd Vice-Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, who attended the event instead of the Minister, said in a congratulatory message that “the participants will be able to give full play of their skills and abilities during the Hanmadang – prepared by the Kukkiwon, center and Mecca of Taekwondo – letting all the people know about the excellence of Taekwondo. At the same time, this event will serve as a confirmation of the bright future of a dynamically developing Taekwondo. The Government will also do its best to support the acceleration of the development of Taekwondo through the construction of the Taekwondo Park, the construction of infrastructure for Taekwondo and provide financial and political support for the globalization of Taekwondo.

The opening ceremony started with “Opening the Path to Hope”, performed by the National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts, followed by a fusion performance, demonstrations by the Kukkiwon team and traditional Korean dances.

On the second day of Hanmadang, several events took place, such as many types of breaking, creative poomsae, official poomsae, team events, etc.

<World Taekwon Media>

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