Ji-Ho Coi, reelected as PATU President
Mr Ji-Ho Choi was reelected yesterday as President of the Pan American Taekwondo Union (PATU) after receiving 27 favourable votes, 3 contrary ones and 1 abstention during the General Assembly of the organization, which was held in Queretaro (Mexico) prior to the Pan American Championships 2013 competition.
President Choi will be accompanied by the following Council members during the next 4 years:
– Frank Silva (Nicaragua), Vice-president for Central America
– Francisco Camacho (Dominican Republic), Vice-president for Caribbean region
– Su Hwan Chung (Canada), Vice-president for North America
– Alejandro Mansilla (Bolivia), Vice-president for South America
– Raúl Pinzón Salamanca (Colombia), auditor
– Ricardo Torres (Argentina), Council member
– Eduardo Labadie (Uruguay), Council member
– Juan Manuel López Delgado (Mexico), counselor
– María Borello (Guatemala), counselor
– Yunggi Jeon (Peru), counselor
Apart from the Presidential elections, there were other relevant decisions made during the PATU General Assembly. Costa Rica, Colombia and Dominican Republic showed their interest in organizing the next qualifying torunament for the Central American and Caribbean Games 2014, to be held in Veracruz (Mexico) in 2014.
Canada demanded the organization of the upcoming Senior Pan American Championships 2014, a request that is now pending on the decision of the Executive Committee as no other country applied for it.
The only candidate country for the organization of the qualifying tournament of the XVII Toronto Pan American Games 2015 was Mexico, who plans to hold the event at the end of 2014 or beginning of 2015.
On the other hand, Argentina and United States pooposed themselves as candidate nations for the next Cadet and Junior Pan American Championships, to be organized in 2015.
Regarding the number of events that will award points for the WTF World Ranking, the Pan American Taekwondo Union won’t set a limit for year 2014, but has agreed to propose a maximum of 5 G-2 events to the WTF to be approved by the Taekwondo governing body worldwide.
During the Asembly, some of the attendees proposed to create an American Tour that would assemble the US Open, the Canada Open and the Mexico Open within a 2 months period, which would enable the European and Asian countries to compete in more than one of them by dropping the expenses.
Those events, considered as the most relevant G-2 competitions, would be organized between February and March 2014.