[By NBC-1TV H. J Yook](December 2, 2016) - Following taekwondo’s successful run at the Rio Olympic, the sport’s star athletes are gathering to close 2016’s event calendar with three consecutive top-tier events in Baku, Azerbaijan.
On Dec. 9-10, the World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final will take place in Baku’s Sarhadchi Olympic Sports Complex. The event invites 128 top Olympic-ranked athletes, fighting in four female and four male weight categories, to earn ranking points in advance of the 2017 fighting season. A host of Olympic medal winners will be in action, but all local eyes are sure to be fixed on Radik Isaev, Azerbaijan’s gold medalist in the men’s heavyweight category.
On Dec. 11, the World Taekwondo Federation Gala Awards will take place in Baku’s Badamdar Hotel. The ritzy, black-tie event will reward the best players, best kick, best referees, best coach and best member national association of the year, as chosen by their peers in on-site voting. The event, now in its third year, is designed to get the athletes out of their tracksuits and into their evening dress, and adding a touch of glitz to the sport.
On December 12-13, the World Taekwondo Team Championships will take place, also at the Sarhadchi Olympic Sports Complex. Eight national teams per gender division – i.e. eight male and eight female teams - are competing for honors. Widely seen as the most exciting format in sport taekwondo, the five-person teams, which include an additional substitute, do battle in an ultra fast-paced, action-packed tag-team format.
In a world first, mixed-gender teams will take to the field of play in an inaugural event, thus giving the championships three winning teams - one female, one male and one mixed.
“Rio 2016 was the best Olympics ever for taekwondo, but many players are already thinking about the 2020 Olympic cycle, so the Grand Prix final in Baku offers athletes on the path to Tokyo early ranking points,” said WTF President Chungwon Choue. “The Gala Awards is our way of thanking our athletes and officials by offering them an evening of glamour, then we end our week in Baku with the Team Championships, which always deliver edge-of-seat action.”
The week of events will be preceded, on December 8, with an all-day meeting of the WTF Athletes' Committee. The agenda includes discussions with members of the WTF Technical Committee.
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[NBC-1TV 이광윤 보도국장]방한중인 누르술탄 나자르바예프(Nursultan Nazarbayev) 카자흐스탄 대통령이 11일 오후, 2박 3일간의 국빈일정을 마치고 전용기편으로 서울공항을 통해 출국했다. 나자르바예프 대통령은 10일 박근혜 대통령과 정상회담을 갖고 한-카자흐스탄 전략적 동반자관계를 평가하고 교역·투자와 에너지·자원 인프라·보건·의료 등의 분야에서 경제협력을 확대하는 방안을 심도있게 논의했다. 자원부국인 카자흐스탄은 중앙아시아에서 우리나라의 최대 투자 대상국으로 1991년 독립 이후 자발적으로 핵무기를 포기하고 중앙아시아 비핵지대화 설립을 주도하는 등 비핵화에 앞장서 오면서 북핵 문제에 대해서도 우리와 공조하고 있다. 한편 나자르바예프 대통령은 청와대 회담에 앞서 10일 오전 국립서울현충원을 참배했으며, 늦은 오후에는 연세대학교를 방문해 경영관 용재홀에서 명예철학박사 학위를 받았다.
[NBC-1TV 이광윤 보도국장]방한중인 누르술탄 나자르바예프(Nursultan Nazarbayev) 카자흐스탄 대통령이 10일 오후 연세대학교 경영관 용재홀에서 명예철학박사 학위를 받았다. 연세대는 "나자르바예프 대통령이 카자흐스탄의 경제발전과 국민 건강 및 복지 증진에 공이 크다"고 선정이유를 밝혔다. 한편 연세대는 세브란스병원과 카자흐스탄 국립대학과 의료 컨설팅 및 원격진료 체계 구축을 돕는 의료 MOU를 체결한 바 있다.