Dr Choue's new projects: IOC and UN Sports Peace Corps / Taekwondo Pro-League
As reported by Nick Butler on insidethegames, the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) President Chungwon Choue is planning on putting some pressure on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and United Nations in order to introduce a Sport Peace Corps to centralise the distribution of funding around the world.
This idea has been in Dr Choue’s mind since long ago, having already delivered five major speeches on it over recent years, in Leuven, Monaco, Busan, Lausanne and St Petersburg.
He is also expected to include this topic in the speech he will give at next month’s Turkmenistan International Sports Media Forum in Ashgabat.
Choue plans to meet both the IOC President Thomas Bach and the UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon in New York City at the end of next month, hoping this will be the right time for the project to become a reality.
“I proposed creating a Sports Peace Corps, together with the UN and the IOC,” the 67-year-old told insidethegames.
“All the IF’s (International Federations) join the Sports Peace Corps, and then the Foundation can advocate the IF’s to many countries, introducing their sport and sending equipment and instructors.
“It could be aimed at refugees even, and particularly at young kids, spreading Olympism and World Peace philosophy.
“This is my idea and my dream.”
We must highlight that the WTF has already set up a World Taekwondo Peace Corps which has acted in around 130 countries since 2008, with the objective of raising youngsters from beginners to Olympic athletes.
The best examples of this project’s achievements are Nikpai and Obame, the Afghanian and Gabonese who have won Olympic medals thanks to it.
Choue thinks it is easier for athletes from countries where Taekwondo is less developed to win medals in comparison with other sports’ practitioners, as Taekwondo’s format of play and relative cheapness,
In working with the UN, Choue would be following a path set by his father Young Seek Chou, a co-founder of the International Association of University Presidents who played a key role in the introduction of the UN’s first International Day of Peace in 1981.
Pro-Taekwondo League project
The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), is seeking to launch an international pro-taekwondo foundation within this year, in a bid to increase its popularity, said Choue Chung-won, the federation’s president, during an interview with Nam Hyun-woo from The Korea Times.
“It is time to expand the case in Mexico,” Choue said. “The professional foundation would have a pro-league based on five-person team battles. Preparations such as setting up new rules or coming up with funding sources are in full swing. All of these are part of the World Taekwondo Federation’s effort to make taekwondo a more popular sport.
According to Choue, professional taekwondo is widespread in Mexico and competitions between cities are popular among fans.
“Sports that lose audiences’ attention cannot survive, which means every sport needs to be more exciting and more entertaining. There were doubts over creating a pro-taekwondo federation, but we are pushing forward because there is a strong initiative among us that we have to keep changing ourselves constantly,” Choue said.
According to Choue, the World Taekwondo Federation has long been thinking about establishing a professional league, but undertook the project recently after the sport in January booked a spot in the official program of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, a situation that he sees as a stepping stone which will grow taekwondo down the road.