[By NBC-1TV K. Y Yi]SEOUL, Korea (June 16, 2017) – The upcoming World Taekwondo Championships 2017 in Muju, Korea, will be the biggest ever, featuring the largest number of participants in the sport’s history.
Nine hundred and seventy one athletes from 183 countries are registered to fight at the World Championships, which run from June 24–June 30. In addition, a refugee from Iran, who is now resident in the Netherlands, will compete as a one-person refugee team under the WTF flag - a first for a World Taekwondo Championships.
Previously, the 2009 World Taekwondo Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, had been the biggest ever with 928 athletes from 142 nations competing.
The event will be officiated by 796 officials and 100 international referees. The venue is Taekwondowon, a massive, purpose-built taekwondo training and competition facility set in the scenic Muju Valley in southwestern Korea.
The first World Championships were held in Seoul in 1973, and take place once every two years. Muju will mark the seventh time the championships have been held in Korea. The 2017 World Championships are the 23rd edition of the event.
Every gold medalist from the 2016 Rio Olympics, in four female and four male weight categories, will be competing in Muju. Among the female fighters, Great Britain’s Jade Jones is the only double gold medalist competing, while hometown favorites Hye-ri Oh and Sohui Kim are sure to set the crowd on fire. Among the male fighters are Ahmad Abughaush, who won Jordan its first-ever Olympic medal ever, and Cote d’Ivoire’s Cheick Sallah Junior Cisse, who won his nation its first-ever Olympic gold medal in the last second of his bout in Rio.
Moreover, of the total 24 overall medalists from Rio, 21 will appear in Muju. However, the World Championships have double the number of weight categories as the Olympics – eight female and eight male – so some athletes who faced each other in Rio will be fighting in different categories in Muju.
In a show of taekwondo unity and sportive goodwill, a demonstration team from International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) will perform alongside the WTF Demonstration Team during both the Opening Ceremony on June 24 and the Closing Ceremony on June 30..
During the Closing Ceremony, a mixed-gender team competition – a new format for taekwondo, first tested in December 2016 at the World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final in Baku, Azerbaijan – will take place.
A very special guest will attend on the last day, June 30: International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. Other IOC members in attendance during the championships will be Aicha Garad Ali, Ung Chang, Ivan Dibos, Camiel Eurlings, Ser Miang Ng, Seung Min Ryu, Tsunekazu Takeda, Ching-kuo Wu and Zaiqing Yu. Also, ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti will be attending.
Just prior to the championships, a WTF Council Meeting will be held on June 22 in Muju. And on June 23, a WTF General Assembly and leadership election will take place.
“I am confident that these are going to be not just the biggest, but also the best championships in taekwondo history,” said WTF President Chungwon Choue. “I am tremendously pleased to welcome the ITF Demonstration Team to Muju, for their participation shows how sport can bypass politics and operate as a vehicle for unity, goodwill and peace.”
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[NBC-1TV 이광윤 보도국장]문재인 대통령이 독일 공식 방문과 주요 20개국 정상회의를 마치고 10일 오전 서울공항을 통해 귀국했다. 7일 함부르크에서 개막한 G20에서 첫 다자외교 무대에 선 문 대통령은 북한 핵·미사일 위협 해결을 위한 G20 정상들의 적극적 역할을 촉구하며, 우리나라 위주의 대북 외교 기조를 각인 시켰다. 앞서 지난 5일 앙겔라 메르켈 독일 총리의 초청을 받았던 문 대통령은 5일 베를린에서 프랑크-발터 슈타인마이어 독일 대통령을 만났으며, 6일 시진핑 중국 국가 주석과 잇따라 양자회담을 진행했다. 이후 함부르크로 이동한 문 대통령은 한·미·일 정상회담을 가졌으며, 아베 신조 일본 총리와 블라디미르 푸틴 러시아 대통령, 나렌드라 모디 인도 총리, 에마뉘엘 마크롱 프랑스 대통령, 맬컴 턴불 호주 총리, 응웬 쑤언 푹 베트남 총리, 쥐스탱 트뤼도 캐나다 총리 등 9개국 정상들을 만났다.
[NBC-1TV 이광윤 보도국장]문재인 대통령이 5일 오전, 주요국 20개국(G20) 정상회의 참석차 서울공항을 통해 출국했다. 첫 다자외교에 나선 문 대통령은 특히 G20정상회의에서 북핵문제에 대한 주요 정상들과의 외교전이 불가피해 보인다. 방독 첫날인 5일엔 독일 메르켈 총리와 프랑크-발터 슈타인마이어 대통령과 각각 정상회담을 갖고, 양국 우호관계 발전과 한반도 평화 방안 등에 대해 논의한다. 6일에는 시진핑 중국 국가주석과 첫 정상회담을 갖고, 주요 논의 사안인 북한의 무력 도발과 사드(THAAD·고고도미사일방어체계) 배치 문제를 둘러싼 안보외교를 펼친다. 이후 7일 오전 아베 신조 일본 총리, 오후 블라디미르 푸틴 러시아 대통령과의 첫 정상회담을 갖고, 도널드 트럼프 미국 대통령 초청으로 열리는 한·미·일 정상 만찬회동에도 참석할 예정이다.