26th WTF General Assembly held in Chelyabinsk
The 26th WTF General Assembly was successfully held today in Chelyabinsk, Russia with the special presence of the IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell as another proof of the ascent that our sport has achieved in the Olympic scene over the last few years.
Mr. McConnell underlined the progress Taekwondo has made in terms of spectacularity, universality, fairness and transparency lately, which in his own words, makes our sport “an example of what an Olympic sport should be in many ways”.
The event started with an emotional opening speech by WTF President Chungwon Choue, who encouraged all MNAs to help the Nepalese Federation in any possible way after the devastating earthquake suffered by this country last month.
Dr. Choue also hihglighted the inclusion of Para-Taekwondo in the Paralympic programme for the Tokyo 2020 Games as the most important fact of this year, congratulating and thanking the Para-Taekwondo committee led by Mr. Koos Engelbrecht for their effort and success.
The 2015 Assembly did also confirm Muju, Korea, as the 2017 World Taekwondo Championships host city, Mexico as the host country of the 2016 WTF World Junior Taekwondo Championships, and Lima, Peru as the host city of the 2016 WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships.
Other relevant decisions were made today in Chelyabinsk: Iranian-American Rafaty was named the WTF’s new secretary general, Korean Yang Jin-bang was named director general of the WTF Seoul headquarters. Also, it was announced that the WTF’s headquarters, currently based south of Seoul, is going to move to the capital’s downtown, close to the presidential mansion and City Hall in early June. Frenchman Roger Piarulli was named director general of the WTF’s Lausanne headquarters. Korean Choi Chang-shin was named standing advisor to the WTF.
The second part of the Assembly confirmed the approval of full membership to the Kosovo Taekwondo Federation.
At the end of the sesión, and regarding the upcoming World Combat Games promoted by Sportaccord, President Choue announced that Taekwondo will “sadly” not be involved in the event.
The WTF President concluded the event by calling together all MNAs to attend the 27th edition of the WTF General Assembly, which will take place in Mexico on the occasion of the 2016 WTF World Junior Taekwondo Championships. The hosting city will be announced soon.