[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]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,
[By NBC-1TV K. Y Yi]VATICAN CITY (May 11, 2017) -There are moments when you are utterly thrilled: Rejoicing at a result, at the winning of a medal or at some other historic success that will remain forever in your memory. This was a moment like that. On May 10, WTF President Chungwon Choue, accompanied by President of the Italian Taekwondo Federation Angelo Cito, was received by Pope Francis in the Saint Peter’s Square in Vatican City. With them were Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Holy See Jong-hyuJeong and Honorary President of the Italian Taekwondo Federation Young-gilPark. After
[By NBC-1TV K. Y Yi]SEOUL, Korea (April 24, 2017) - The WTF has announced the candidates for the WTF President and the WTF Council in advance of its General Assembly election, which will take place in Muju, Korea on June 23, 2017. WTF elections take place every four years. The 2017 election for the WTF President, WTF Council Members and WTF Auditors will take place at the WTF’s General Assembly in Muju, Korea. The election will select the organization’s president, 12 council members and two auditors. There is one applicant for the post of WTF President: Incumbent leader, Dr. Chungwon Choue of
[By NBC-1TV K, Y YI]SEOUL, Korea (Oct. 3, 2017) – Dr. Un Yong Kim, founding president of World Taekwondo and former vice president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) passed away on October 3. He was 86 years old. In 1971, Kim was elected president of the Korean Taekwondo Association. In 1972, he founded the Kukkiwon to operate as a brick-and-mortar “Mecca” for global taekwondo training and grading in Seoul’s Gangnam district. In 1973, he became the founding president of the newly inaugurated World Taekwondo Federation, or WTF. (Today, World Taekwondo, or WT.) The federation held the
[NBC-1TV K. K YI]he inaugural World Taekwondo President's Cup-Asian Region Taekwondo Championships kicked off in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on August 11, 2017. The three-day G-2 event, which features cadet, junior and senior divisions, drew a total of 620 athletes and 140 officials from 26 countries. Reflceting the high popularity of taekwondo in Uzbekistan, the opening ceremony of the event took place at the Universal Sports Palace, with the attendance of Mr. Rozukulov Ulugbek, deputy prime minister of Uzbekistan; Mr. Kurbanov Rustambek, chairman of the State Committee for Physical Culture and Spor
[By NBC-1TV K, Y YI]LAUSANNE, Switzerland (July 13, 2017) - World Taekwondo delegates headed by President Dr. Chungwon Choue visited the Olympic Museum in Lausanne to donate the PSS (Protector and Scoring System) used at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The ceremony was attended by staffers from both World Taekwondo and the Olympic Museum. Olympic Museum Director Francis Gabet said he appreciated the donation of the set of PSS, which had been signed by 28 taekwondo Olympic medalists including Cheick Sallah Junior Cisse, So-hui Kim and Ahmad Abughaush. The PSS, which embeds electronic impact sensors
[NBC-1TV 이광윤 보도국장]반기문 전 UN 사무총장이 8일 밤 서울특별시 서대문구 신촌동 연세대세브란스장례식장에 마련된 김운용 세계태권도연맹 창설 총재 빈소를 찾아 조문했다. 경찰청 외빈경호대 경호를 받으며 빈소에 도착한 반 전 총장은 최대웅 9단의 안내를 받으며 빈소를 참배한 후 유족들에게 다가가 "고인이 올림픽을 유치하는 등 한국 스포츠에 큰 획을 그었다."며 위로의 마음을 전했다. 이어 VIP 접견실로 이동한 반 전 총장은 미리 대기중이던 이동섭 의원과 홍성천 국기원 이사장, 명재선 국회의원태권도연맹 이사장 등과 대담을 나눈 후 빈소를 떠났다.
[NBC-1TV 이광윤 보도국장]문재인 대통령이 제72차 유엔총회 참석 등 3박5일 일정의 미국 뉴욕 방문 일정을 마치고 23일 밤 귀국했다. 대통령은 이번 방문에서 UN총회 기조연설에서 "대북제재에 국제사회가 공조하되 결국은 북핵 문제가 평화적으로 해결해야 한다"고 강조했다. 문 대통령은 또 안토니우 구테흐스 유엔 사무총장, 주요 유엔총회 참가국 정상과 회담하는 등 다자 정상외교 일정을 소화했다.