[By NBC-1TV H. J Yook]Dear World Taekwondo Family: We begin the New Year with a great deal of excitement and optimism. Thanks to the work of all of you, last year was not just another great year for taekwondo it was possibly our best ever.
The highlight was obviously the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In keeping with Rio’s carnival spirit, we promised a “Festival of Fight” and we delivered. We also made history as Jordan won its first ever Olympic medal, Côte d’Ivoire won his country’s first ever Olympic gold medal and Iran won its first-ever female Olympic medal.
2017 is time for a new mission. After the huge success of Rio 2016 now is the time to build on this momentum– we cannot be complacent. We are always looking to evolve and improve our sport and together we must continue to push forward and realize the immense potential of taekwondo.
We must ensure that the best fighters and the best techniques come to the fore. Taekwondo is a fast, exciting and dynamic sport and we want to make it a sport that always “dazzles and excites.” The first step has already been taken. We have made significant adjustments to WTF competition rules which is applied from 2017 and will ensure more free-flowing and spectacular matches.
We will see this on display during the 2017 WTF World Taekwondo Championships, which will take place in Muju, Korea. The 2015 World Championships in Chelyabinsk, Russia were our best ever and I have no doubt Muju will build on their success. We expect athletes from more than 200 countries will take part demonstrating the truly global strength of the sport.
But WTF is about more than sport. We take our social responsibility very seriously and are committed to harnessing the power of taekwondo for good. Our charity initiative, the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation, or THF, and our World Taekwondo Cares Program (WTCP) have been busy. The THF Taekwondo Academy in Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan, is now teaching more than 60 Syrian refugee children. Our work was even recognized by Peace and Sport as we were honored with Federation of the Year. Thanks to a generous donation from China’s Huamin Charity Foundation, we will build a Taekwondo Academy in the Refuge camp this year.
2016 was a tremendous year. Everything we achieved by working together. But in 2017 there is even more we can accomplish. It is an honor to work with you all and I wish good luck and success to all in 2017.
Yours in taekwondo –
President, World Taekwondo Federation and Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation
[By NBC-1TV H. J Yook]BAKU, Azerbaijan (Dec 9, 2015) - On the first day of the 2016 WTF World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final, Charlie Maddock of Great Britain, Milad Beigi Harchegani of Azerbaijan, Hyeri Oh of Korea and Carlos Navarro of Mexico captured gold medals in the last elite tourney of the year, on the coast of the Caspian Sea. There was hurricane force action in the Sarhadchi Olympic Sports Complex in Baku – “The City of Winds” – as the event, which pits 118 athletes from 41 nations against each other for medals, prize money and early ranking points ahead of the 2017 fighting season. Th
[By NBC-1TV Lena Kim]When you turn on TV and watch political news, whom are person you mostly face with? Nowadays, spokeswomen make a really main stream of Korean politics. These three main spokeswomen are Na Kyung-Eun of the Grand National Party, Yoo Eun-Hye of the United New Democratic Party and Lee Hye-Yon of the Liberty Forward Party.Today, we have a interview with Lee Hye-Yon who appeared in Korean politics like a shooting star. We asked her several questions to listen her story. Q: "Thank you very much for letting us have a change to interview you. People say that your outspoken attitude
[By NBC-1TV H. J Yook]Spain's Eva Calvo Gomez shows off her gold medal during the awarding ceremony for the women's -57kg category on the third and final day of the 2014 WTF World Taekwondo Grand Prix Series 2 at the Sport Center Daulet in Astana, Kazakhstan on Aug. 31, 2014.
[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.