[By NBC-1TV K. Y YI]MUJU, Korea (June 30, 2017) – Taekwondo’s largest ever World Championships ended today with host nation Korea in first place overall, followed by Turkey in second place, Serbia in third place and Russia and Great Britain rounding out the top five.
In the female division, Korea came in first place, followed by Turkey, Serbia, USA and Great Britain. In the male division, Korea again came first, followed by Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan and Great Britain.
The Female MVP Awardee was Ah-reum Lee of Korea; the Male MVP was Abdoul Issoufou of Niger. Team Korea’s Mun-hee Cheon and Serbia’s Dragan Jovic were named Best Coaches.
Tarik Benrodi of Morocco, Andrey Khegay of Russia, Song-chol Kim of Canada, Neydis Tavarez of Puerto Rico and Julie Dib of Lebanon were named Best Referees.
The “Active Participation” award was won by Greece; the “Good Fighting Spirit” award was won by Djibouti.
Closing Ceremony: A Spectacle of Taekwondo
Seven days of high-octane sporting action at Taekwondowon in Muju were concluded by a closing ceremony that featured spectacular demonstrations.
The ceremony got underway with a deafening performance of traditional Korean music, sung by a national treasure. Next up was the International Taekwondo Federation Team. Their performance included synchronized group poomsae, self-defense moves, breaking and a comedic staged fight.
The World Taekwondo Demonstration Team followed with their usual slick presentation – equal parts athleticism and showmanship. It included stick fighting, banner dances, group poomsae, self-defense, freestyle flips, tricks ‘n kicks - and of course the group’s trademark high-altitude breaks. The performance featured a kaleidoscope of colored doboks, and was set to music - thunderous, evocative and funky as the mood of the demo shifted.
A photo session with the ITF and World Taekwondo teams and VIPs, including International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue and ITF officials, followed, before a Mixed Gender Team demonstration match between Spain and USA. This high-tempo, action-packed “battle of the nations” format is an event that World Taekwondo would like to see enter the Olympics. Spain emerged victorious, 43-24.
The Leaders Speak
With the opening ceremony having been attended by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the highest profile guest at the closing ceremony was visiting IOC President Thomas Bach.
Muju featured “exciting competitions, great sportsmanship and unforgettable moments,” Bach said. Addressing the athletes, Bach said: “You amazed us with your performances and the energy that defines your sport…We have seen that taekwondo, more than ever before, is a global sport with athletes form 183 countries, and 26 countries winning medals. You are a powerful example of the universal appeal of taekwondo.” He finished by noting that, “Sport has the power to change the world.”
Korea’s Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Jong-hwan Do thanked the world taekwondo family for realizing “the promotion of peace through sport,” and thanked Bach and the IOC for realizing the 2014 meeting in Nanjing, China, that led to ITF-WTF cooperation. He added that he is looking forward to the World Taekwondo Demonstration Team attending the ITF World Championships in Pyongyang, this September.
The speeches were followed by a promotional video for Manchester, Great Britain, the host of the next World Taekwondo Championships in 2019. The championship flag was then handed to a representative from Manchester.
Finally, the championships were declared closed by representatives of the organizing committee and a blast of ticker tape descended on the field of play. And that was it for the 2017 WTF World Taekwondo Championships in Muju, Korea.
Championship Highlights and Review
The seven-day festival of fight featured 183+1 teams – the “+1” being a refugee - making it the largest championships in the sport’s history. The WTF took the opportunity to reveal its new logo at the championships, as it begins a global rebrand from “WTF” to “World Taekwondo.”
The championships featured new rules instituted after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and designed to add more spectacle to the game. The consensus on the sidelines was that the new rules have achieved what they set out to do to a large extent - although the officiating will need some fine tuning before Tokyo 2020.
The tournament took place in the Muju Valley in Korea’s southwest, noted for some of the nation’s loveliest scenery. The venue, Taekwondowon features accommodation, restaurants, training facilities and a taekwondo museum, making it the world’s largest purpose-built taekwondo center.
To entertain visitors in the breaks between matches, spectator engagement was in full swing outside the venue, with food stalls, sportswear vendors, a musical stage featuring genres as eclectic as traditional dance performances and Beatles tribute bands - even a taekwondo virtual reality experience center.
The top players from the championships will next meet and do battle in the elite Grand-Prix Series 1 in Moscow in August.
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[By NBC-1TV K, Y Yi]WUXI, China (Jan 6, 2018) – A highly entertaining second Saturday of the super-elite World Taekwondo (WT) Grand Slam 2017/18 series, which pits the best twelve athletes in each Olympic weight category against each other, took place today, with athletes competing in the Female -67kg and male -68kg categories. In the unpredictable female competition, third seed Ruth Gbagbi of Cote d’Ivoire came out on top after impressively defeating dark horse YunfeiGuo of Team China in the final by 10:6. The Rio 2016 bronze medallist has been in excellent form recently and her fearsome, al
[By NBC-1TV K, Y Yi]WUXI, China (28 Dec. 2017) – Two days before the inaugural edition of the Wuxi 2017 World Taekwondo Grand Slam Champions Series kicks off on Saturday, the WT’s finest athletes and senior officials got their first look at the bespoke venue at a press conference held in the Wuxi Taihu International Expo Center in Wuxi, China. The Grand Slam Series – to be held over five consecutive Saturdays in this city in eastern China–will be fought under amended rules designed to upgrade the sport’s spectacle, and offers the biggest prize money in taekwondo history: USD70,000 for first p
[NBC-1TV 이경찬 기자]문재인 대통령은 2일 오전 국립서울현충원 참배로 새해 첫 공식일정을 시작했다. 문 대통령은 이날 오전 8시 이낙연 국무총리와 김동연 경제부총리, 김상곤 사회부총리, 김부겸 행정안전부 장관을 비롯한 각 국무위원, 임종석 대통령 비서실장 등 20여 명과 함께 현충원을 찾아 현충탑에 헌화하고, 순국선열과 호국영령의 넋을 기렸다. 현충탑에 도착한 문 대통령은 '대통령 문재인'이라고 적힌 화환을 순국선열과 호국영령에게 헌화한 후 분향·묵념했다. 한편 이 총리와 각 국무위원은 미리 현충원에 도착해 문 대통령을 영접했다.
[NBC-1TV 이광윤 보도국장]문재인 대통령이 3박 4일의 중국 국빈방문 일정을 마치고 16일 늦은 밤 서울공항을 통해 귀국했다. 문 대통령의 이번 방문에서는 국빈의전에 심각한 민낯을 보인 중국측의 외교상 결례가 발생하여 양국이 앞으로 풀어야 할 과제가 남게 되었다. 문 대통령은 15일 충칭에 있는 대한민국 임시정부 청사를 방문하고 김구 선생의 흉상에 헌화한 후 독립 유공자 후손들을 만났다. 이어 현대지동차 충칭공장을 방문해 현장 근로자들을 격려하고 협력사 대표들을 만나 양국 경제협력의 가교가 되어달라고 당부했다.