WTF and ITF double proof their cooperation
Chelyabinsk, Russia 12/05/2015
The WTF and the ITF today proved in a double way that they are both keen to follow the cooperation agreement singed last year in order to unite the two main Taekwondo governing bodies in one and only big family.
Joint press conference
Representatives from both major international bodies made a joint press conference at Traktor Arena on the occasion of the 2015 WTF World Taekwondo Championships.
“Everyone involved with Taekwondo has been waiting for this moment for a long time; we hope this new beginning will open the door for all the family of our sport to become one unit”, said the newly appointed WTF Secretary General Hoss Rafaty.
Everything started last August when ITF President Ung Chang and WTF President Chungwon Choue signed a protocol of accord in Nanjing, China, in what was a historical day for our sport. The act was attended by Mr Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee. The agreement stated that the two bodies would allow athletes from both federations to compete in each other’s competitions as long as the other federation’s rules and regulations are followed.
“During the period of cooperation, both presidents agreed to deepen discussions to eventuate the possibility of getting athletes from both federations to attend Olympic Games and other international games”, commented Kim Seung-Hwan, Secretary General of the ITF.
Another ITF representative attending the conference was George Vitale, who said today was a “truly historic day in the history of Taekwondo, as both bodies prove we acknowledge our common roots, we respect each other and pledge cooperation moving forward”.
Joint demonstration during ceremony
The press conference was followed by the real first step of this new relationship, as at the end of the opening ceremony of the 2015 WTF World Taekwondo Championships and for the first time ever, the Demonstration teams of both federations joined to perform a spectacular demonstration.
The spectators gathering at Traktor Arena attended a unique moment in our sport’s history after enjoying the fantasy festival created by the Organizing Committee to officially open this event.