Dr. Chungwon Choue: Ten years leading the WTF

June 9, 2014 marks the 10th. anniversary  of  Dr. Chungwon Choue  as President of the WTF, a decade in which he has managed to change the face of the institution and popularize Taekwondo as never done before. The confirmation of Taekwondo as core sport for the 2020 Olympics was finishing touch. ESPAÑOL

2014-06-09_(85595)x_Chungwon Choue_DSC_0551When Dr. Choue took over the World Taekwondo Federation, the institution was experiencing a tough moment.  Most of the sports institutions around the world, including the International Olympic Committee, had deep doubts about taekwondo´s transparency and, at that time, there was already a high risk of taekwondo permanence for the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

During Dr. Choue´s presidency, he has overseen the development and implementation of reforms of the WTF Statutes and Competition Rules for a more democratic, fairer, and more transparent organization and sport.

He has made efforts to diversify the WTF Council, Committees, and Secretariat in terms of gender, nationality and ethnicity.

Dr. Choue has secured important relationships with the Olympic family to build the reputation and future of taekwondo in the Olympic Games.

In ten years as president, Dr. Choue increased the number of members nations from 177 (2004) to 206 MNA´s by the end of 2012.

In this 10th anniversary, wants to travel in time to remember year after year all the achievements and actions that Dr. Choue conducted  during a decade as head of WTF.



Dr. Choue´s accomplishments over thae last ten years presented in a chronological order:



  • Elected as President
  • Established in the FISU Universiade as optional sport
  • Pushed for fair, transparent, democratic governance through calling for democratic elections
  • Established the WTF Reform Fund



  • Reelected as President
  • Establishment of the WTF-Kyunghee University Partnership Training Program for athletes and coaches.
  • Headed the movement for the inclusion of taekwondo as a corps sport for the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games
  • Inaugurated the first ever WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships



  • Inauguration of Taekwondo Day, established as September 4 of each year to commemorate taekwondo’s inclusion in the Sydney Olympic Games.  The 103rd IOC Session in Paris decided to include taekwondo on September 4, 1994
  • Implemented referee reform
  • Inauguration of first ever WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships
  • Establishment of the WTF Paralympic Committee
  • Establishment of the WTF Liaison Office in Lausanne, Switzerland



  • Introduced Taekwondo Peace Corps
  • Establishment of the WTF Ethics Committee
  • Successfully increased the number of bronze medals from 1 to 2 in the Olympic Games – began in Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
  • Introduction of the Protector and Scoring System (PSS)
  • Inauguration of the International Taekwondo Symposium to be help on the occasion of the WTF World Taekwondo World Championships (2013 will mark the 4th edition of the symposium in Puebla, Mexico)



  • Inauguration of Taekwondo Peace Corps
  • Establishment of the WTF Expansion Committee
  • Taekwondo confirmed as a sport in the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games



  • Opening Ceremeony of the Expanded WTF Laison Office in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Introduction of the WTF World Ranking System for athletes
  • Inauguration of the WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships – Baku, Azerbaijan
  • First use of the PSS and IVR in WTF Competitions in the WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships and the 1st WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships – Baku, Azerbaijan.
  • Founding of the World Taekwondo Federation Demonstration Team
  • Founding of the WTF Global Membership System
  • Inauguration of the first ever World Youth Taekwondo Camp – joint venture between the WTF and the Taekwondo Promotion Foundation (TPF)



  • Re-established the WTF Reform Fund into the WTF Development Fund
  • Nominated for the Peace and Sport award for best Peace Program – Taekwondo Peace Corps
  • Commended at the UN-IOC Forum in Lausanne, Switzerland by the UNOSDP for the WTF’s efforts in development and peace through sport –Taekwondo Peace Corps
  • Successful completion of Taekwondo in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, Singapore
  • Successfully attained a position for taekwondo in the World Masters Games (Torino 2013) and European Masters Games (Lignano 2011)
  • Acquired the status of “Category 2 sport” in the Commonwealth Games 2011 Strengthened WTF Ethics Code in compliance with the IOC Ethics Code
  • Successful display in the first ever Beijing 2010 SportAccord Combat Games



  • Enacted the WTF Dispute Resolution Bylaws
  • Introduced and implemented brainstorming sessions between WTF Council Members, MNA Leaders and WTF officials to improve communication and create complete inclusiveness in creating the vision for the future of the sport and the organization.
  • Achieved the status of a “permanent sport” in the FISU Universiade
  • Establishment and implementation of the WTF Global Athlete License
  • Introduced the category of Freestyle Poomsae at the WTF Poomsae Taekwondo World Championships in Vladivostok, Russia



  • Orchestrated an incredible display at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the most successful Olympic experience of taekwondo’s history. – the 8 gold medals available were won by 8 different nations, making it one of the most diverse and universal sports of the London Olympic Games.
  • Nominated by Peace and Sport as International Federation of the Year
  • Established the WTF World Cadet Championships
  • Established the WTF Grand Prix Series
  • Inaugurated the first ever WTF Intercontinental friendly Championships (Asia vs. Europe)
  • Achieved inclusion in the first ever European Games
  • Expansion of the WTF Liaison Office in Lausanne, Switzerland to the WTF International Headquarters
  • Inaugurated the division of Freestyle Poomsae at the WTF Poomsae Taekwondo World Championships in Tunja, Colombia
  • Enactment of the WTF Medical Codes and Bylaws on Anti-betting and Corruption



  • Successfully lobbied for inclusion of taekwondo as a core sport for the 2020 Olympic Games proposed by the IOC Executive Board
  • Restructured the WTF Development Fund to ensure more funds were available for specialized development programs.
  • Collaborated with the Olympic Council of Asia to establish the WTF-OCA Joint Youth Camp to be held in Thailand, Singapore
  • Organized the WTF Poomsae Task Force to develop the future of the Poomsae discipline of WTF taekwondo.



  • During the 2014, major efforts lie in the inclusion of Para-Taekwondo in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, where the sport has already passed the first stage and it´s awaiting confirmation next October.




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