[By NBC-1TV K. Y YI]ABIDJAN, Cote d’Ivoire(Dec. 4, 2017) - On the evening of Dec. 4, Team GB’s Bianca “Queen Bee” Walkdencrowned a perfect year by being named World Taekwondo’s Best Female Athlete ofthe Year at the federation’s fourth annual Gala Awards at Abidjan’s RadissonBlue Hotel. The normally eloquentBriton seemed overcome with emotion as she took to the podium. “I want to‘thank you’ to everyone, I am still shocked, I am so pleased,” she said. The glittering (and wellair-conditioned) gala dinner was light years away from where she had writtenhistory just two nights earlier. In the sapp
[By NBC-1TV K. Y YI]ABIDJAN, Cote d’Ivoire (Dec. 3, 2017) – Team Koreasuperkicker Dae-hoon Lee won a historic third consecutive Grand Prix Finaltitle in Abidjan – a feat never before achieved - while golds on the second andfinal day of the 2017 World Taekwondo Grand Prix Finals in Cote d’Ivoirian citywent to Great Britain, Russia, Korea and China. Once again, the heat in Abidjan’s Palais de Sports de Treichvilleproved grueling for the players, but there was much to fight for. Athletes werecompeting not only for Olympic ranking points, but also for prize money –USD6,000 for gold medalists, US
[By NBC-1TV K. Y YI]SEOUL, South Korea (Nov. 22, 2017) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees was today awarded an unusual honor: A high-level black belt in the combat sport of taekwondo. World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue awarded Filippo Grandi, who heads the UNHCR,8th degree honorary black belt rank at WT’s Seoul headquarters on Wednesday. In fact, the two organizations had much to discuss. World Taekwondo’s in-house World Taekwondo Cares program, or WTCP, and its Lausanne, Switzerland-based charity initiative, the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation, or THF, are active helpers of re
[By NBC-1TV K. Y YI]LONDON, UK (October 21, 2017) - Jordan, Great Britain and Korea all won gold medals today on the opening day of the World Taekwondo Grand PrixSeries 3 in London, which attracted some of the world’s very best taekwondo athletes. Taking place in the London 2012 Olympic venue, The Copper Box, the crowd summoned memories of the famous Olympic Games with their loud and passionate support. Spectators were assisted by the ‘Power Bar’, which was introduced by World Taekwondo for the very first time as part of the federation’s commitment to enhancing fan engagement and making the sp
[By NBC-1TV K. Y YI]LONDON, UK (October 19, 2017)- The record-breaking 7th World Para Taekwondo Champions drew to a close today with nearly 200 elite Para Taekwondo athletes from around the world battling it out to become world champion. Russia finished top of the medal table with six gold medals, while Turkey finished second on four gold medals and Kazakhstan and Mongolia finished joint third with two gold medals. The remaining gold medals were shared equally between hosts Great Britain, Spain, Iran, Serbia, Ukraine, Denmark and Rwanda. Russia finished top of the male medal table for the four
[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 Se
[By NBC-1TV K. Y YI]MUJU, Korea (June 30, 2017) - The gold medals on the seventh day of the WTF World Taekwondo Championships were won by Korea, China, Cote d’Ivoire, Azerbaijan as the finals of the F -57kg, M -63kg, F -62kg and M -80kg were contested. On the longest day of the championships, silvers were won by Turkey, Iran, Iran (again) and Russia. Bronzes were won by Great Britain, Sweden, Great Britain (again), Azerbaijan, Korea, Russia, Great Britain (yet again) and Moldova. With Day 7 being the final day of the tourney, the overall winner was Team Korea with five golds, one silver, a
[By NBC-1TV K, Y YI]MUJU, Korea (June 28, 2017) - The gold medals on the fifth day of the 2017 WTF World Taekwondo Championships were captured by Turkey, Korea and Great Britain as the finals of the F -53kg, the M -58kg and the F +73kg categories were contested. Silvers were won by Russia, Russia (again) and USA, while bronzes were awarded to Uzbekistan, Latvia, Mexico, Spain, Korea and China. F-53kg Category In the first semi-final, European Champion Zeliha Agris of Turkey went in against Dinorahon Mamadibragimova of Uzbekistan. Agris was behind 5-1 in the first two rounds against a nimble
[By NBC-1TV K. Y Yi]MUJU, Korea, (June 23, 2017) – One day ahead of the opening of the 2017 WTF World Taekwondo Championships, the WTF General Assembly convened in Muju, Korea, to review the last four years’ progress and to prepare for this afternoon’s quadrennial leadership elections. Among other business, the Assembly approved two new championship formats - Beach Taekwondo and a super-elite Grand Slam series - as well as changes to poomsae competition rules. It also adopted a “Muju Declaration.” One hundred fifty eight delegates from 102 countries took part in the Assembly at the Muju Nat
[By NBC-1TV K. Y Yi]MUJU, Korea (June 23, 2017) – Dr. Chungwon Choue of Korea won his fifth consecutive term as the president of the WTF, after the federation held its quadrennial leadership elections at the Muju National Sports Center in southern Korea today. “Thank you for your confidence in me,” Choue said, to a standing ovation as he was returned to office. In addition to its chief executive, elections also took place for the headships of the WTF’s five Continental Unions and its Council. The newly elected and re-elected officers take up their duties after the conclusion of the upcoming
[By NBC-1TV K, Y YI]WUXI, China (Jan. 20, 2018) - The final weekend of the super-elite World Taekwondo Grand Slam Champions Series brought yet more excitement, thrilling action and shock defeats as Turkey’s Irem Yaman won the women’s -57kg and Korea’s Tae-Hun Kim took home gold in the men’s -58kg. Irem Yaman, who qualified for the event through the qualification tournament, came into the Grand Slam as a relative underdog. Many predicted that it would be Jade Jones, Ah-Reum Lee or HaticeIlgun who would take home the gold. However, in the quarterfinal, Yaman managed the shock defeat of the day,
[NBC-1TV 박승훈 기자]이종철 미국 뉴저지 팰리세이즈팍 부시장이 타운의회에서 시의장으로 재선출돼 팰팍 타운에서 부시장과 시의장을 겸직하게 됐다. 팰팍 타운의회는 6일 이 부시장의 시의장 임명안을 표결에 부쳐 만장일치로 선임했다. 이 부시장은 지난 2012년에도 시의장직을 수행한 바 있다. 팰팍 시의장은 1년 임기로 타운의회를 이끄는 최고 의사 결정권자로 시장이 공석 등으로 업무를 수행하지 못할 경우 시장 권한대행을 할 수 있다. 한편 이 부시장은 일본군 위안부 기념비를 팰팍시에 세계 최초로 설치했으며, 공립학교에 한글을 제2외국어로 지정하고 한식을 공립학교에 점심 급식으로 제공하는 추진력을 발휘했으며, 팰팍 중심도로에 Korea Way 설치에도 발벗고 나섰다.
[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
[NBC-1TV 이광윤 보도국장]칼 구스타브 16세 (Carl XVI Gustav, Carl Gustav) 스웨덴 국왕이 17일 오전 인천국제공항을 통해 입국했다. 국왕은 방한 즉시 KTX 승강장으로 이동해 평창으로 향했다. 우리나라와 스웨덴과의 인연은 1926년으로 현 국왕의 할아버지인 구스타프 아돌프 6세 전 국왕이 왕세자 시절 신혼여행차 아시아를 여행하던 중 한국을 방문한 바 있다. 세계스카우트지원재단 명예총재로서 스카우트 활동에 지대한 관심을 갖고 있는 국왕은 이번 방한 중에 자국 선수들을 격려하고 문재인 대통령과 환담을 가질 예정이다.