In his New Year message, WTF President Choue also called for the global taekwondo family`s full support for and trust in the new WTF leadership.
“Now is the time for us to put aside our difficulties and rivalries. We are one family sharing the same vision for the progress of taekwondo,” said President Choue.
He continued to say, “With renewed spirit as one, we need to move forward for the further development of our sport. In the year 2010, let us unite for a new chapter in taekwondo history and toward a groundbreaking evolution of taekwondo.”
“Acting together as one, nothing will be impossible,” WTF President Choue said.
At the WTF General Assembly in Copenhagen, Denmark on Oct. 13, 2009, the WTF elected a new leadership and Council which will shape the course of development over the next four years.
“I ask for your full support and trust in this new leadership, and in the World Taekwondo Federation, to carry out our duty to bring a better future of taekwondo as a permanent Olympic sport,” Choue said.
He said that taekwondo has been evolving as an Olympic sport.
“In the year 2009, we saw many significant achievements for taekwondo as well as several noteworthy developments as the World Taekwondo Federation,” Choue said.
First, he said, taekwondo was confirmed as one of the 26 core sports for the 2016 Olympic Games at the IOC Session in Copenhagen, Denmark on Oct. 8, 2009.
“The evolution of taekwondo from a demonstration sport at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games into a core Olympic sport today owes itself to your heartfelt sacrifice and passion,” he said. “The evaluation of taekwondo in the IOC Report on the 26 core Olympic sports was quite impressive and shows that we are moving in the right direction.”
Taekwondo now retains considerable status in the international sports community. In November, taekwondo was accepted as a compulsory sport in the program of the Summer Universiade from 2017 onward and was also included in the official program of the 2013 Mediterranean Games. “We are now making efforts to introduce taewkondo to the Paralympics after witnessing the success of the 1st WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan in June 2009.”
“It has now reached a new juncture which could determine our course toward the future of taekwondo,” Choue said. “Taekwondo is now moving beyond sport and serving as a tool for world peace and youth education.”
He said, “Since its launch in the summer of 2008, the WTF Taekwondo Peace Corps have dispatched 107 taekwondo instructors to 25 countries. With growing popularity and a positive evaluation, the World Taekwondo Peace Corps Foundation was established in September 2009 to facilitate the efforts by volunteer taekwondo instructors to reach more regions in the world that are in need of help.”