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WTF approved 4 new members, total membership increased to 201

?? WTF General Assembly held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

WTF General Assembly Approves 4 New Members to Increase Global Membership to 201

The World Taekwondo Federation approved four new members at its General Assembly in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt on April 3, 2012 to increase its global membership to 201.

The approved new full member countries are the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Seychelles. With the new additions, the WTF ranks among the top eight International Sport Federations, in terms of the number of affiliated member associations.

The WTF General Assembly took place at the International Congress Center in Sharm El Sheikh, one day before the opening of the 9th WTF World Junior Taekwondo Championships. The five-day championships, which will run until April 8, drew 749 athletes from 88 countries.

“Our family has grown and developed so much of the past years. We are now one of the biggest sports in the world as we recognize a new member into our large family,” said WTF President Chungwon Choue at the General Assembly.

WTF President Choue said, “With 201 member national associations, our sport reaches far and wide on every continent around the world. But size is just one of the ways that our great sport has developed.”

The WTF General Assembly also approved amendments to the WTF Statutes, the WTF Competition Rules and the WTF Poomsae Competition Rules. It also approved the amendments to Rules on Organization and Operation of International Taekwondo Championships. Most of the changes were made to help further ensure the safety of athletes and fairer refereeing and judging.

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