World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) President, Chungwon Choue, today emphasized the WTF’s complete support for Olympic Agenda 2020 and expressed his 100% commitment to working with the IOC to make a valuable contribution to the development of the Olympic Movement.
The IOC publicly launched the 20+20 recommendations that make up Olympic Agenda 2020 on Tuesday this week at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. Taekwondo star, Jade Jones, was one of eleven athletes who attended a round table in Lausanne led by IOC President Thomas Bach to discuss the recommendations.
Jones won gold at London 2012 and her presence reflected taekwondo’s commitment to having a voice in discussions about the future of the Olympic Movement. The WTF has taken an active role in promoting sport, healthy lifestyles and Olympism in young people since it was first included in the Olympic Games in 2000.
Speaking about Olympic Agenda 2020, WTF President Chungwon Choue said:
“At the WTF we have always taken our responsibility to the Olympic Movement very seriously. As President Bach has stated, the time for change is now and we are ready to work closely with the IOC to contribute as much as we can to the long-term benefit of the Olympic Movement.”
“We fully support all 40 recommendations of the Olympic Agenda 2020 which we have read with great interest. We have every confidence that under the leadership of President Bach the recommendations that are voted in by the IOC Session in December will have a real and positive impact on the future development of the Olympic Movement.”
“To be successful in taekwondo, you need to be able to react quickly to the situation you are in and take the necessary actions. The same principles apply to the WTF. To be successful as an organisation, we have always been ready to adapt and evolve to ensure that we are providing the very best service for athletes and fans. Working with the IOC, we will continue to innovate to demonstrate our long-term value to the Olympic Movement.”
Jade Jones added:
“It was a real honour to be invited to Lausanne to meet with IOC President Bach and discuss the 40 recommendations that will make up Olympic Agenda 2020. As an athlete it is great to see that the focus is really being put on ensuring that the we have the best possible environment to compete in”.
“This is a very exciting time for Olympic sport and I have no doubt that the WTF will work closely with the IOC to make taekwondo as exciting and appealing to athletes and fans as possible.”