Dae-Sung Moon: "IOC's support for Taekwondo is over 50%"
Dae-Sung Moon, Korean congressman and member of the IOC stated that the “IOC’s support for Taekwondo is now over 50%”.
According to Yonhap News, Moon visited Cairo for an inspection of the Korean Embassy in Egypt as a member of the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Unification Committee and had a meeting with Korean residents, where he was asked if “what are the probabilities of Taekwondo staying as a core Olympic sport”.
His answer was “in the past, support for Taekwondo within the IOC was around 40%, but now it is apparently over 50%. The Korean government and myself need to pour more efforts in order to change the mind of the IOC members”.
Moon emphasized that “since the 2012 London Olympic Games, Taekwondo is no longer seen as a martial art from the past, but as a fun and international sport”.
During the 125th IOC Session which will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina in September 2013, the IOC may add new sports to the summer Olympic Games and will also decide which ones will remain as core sports. Moon explained that if Taekwondo receives more than 50% of the votes, Taekwondo will stay as an Olympic core sport.