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[TAEKWONDO] Congratulatory Speech- Taekwondo Day Ceremony(4 September, 2015)

 

 

Congratulatory Speech- Taekwondo Day Ceremony

 

4 September, 2015

At Ritz Carlton Hotel Seoul

 

 

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It is with great pride and privilege that I celebrate Taekwondo Day with all World Taekwondo family and congratulate them in my capacity as Founding President of Kukkiwon and World Taekwondo Federation and as IOC Vice President(R) who has made Taekwondo an Olympic Sport. It was achieved in only 20 years what other sports took 100 years.

 

Modern Taekwondo started with inauguration of Kukkiwon in 1972 and of World Taekwondo Federation in 1973 with vision of developing Taekwondo as national sport and universal sports.

 

With construction of Kukkiwon, Taekwondo history was researched, 30 Kwans were unified; Dan Promotion system was unified; Competition rules were reformulated; Poomsee were ordained; Instructor Training Course was established; Dobok, protective gear, electronic protective gear and scoring system were developed.

 

In 1973, World Taekwondo Federation was inaugurated at Kukkiwon. World Taekwondo Championships, Asian Taekwondo Championships, Pan American and European Taekwondo Championships were inaugurated. WTF joined GAISF, CISM, IFPC, FISU. In 1980 IOC Session in Moscow, WTF was recognized by IOC.

 

Taekwondo was featured as demonstration sport in 1988 Seoul Olympics and 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Finally, at 103rd IOC Session in Paris on 4th September 1994, Taekwondo was accepted as official Olympic sport. To commemorate its glory, Taekwondo Day was ordained for world Taekwondo family.

 

As were Kukkiwon, WTF and KTA united in the course of globalization, all related Taekwondo organizations should unite to develop Taekwondo to be able to appeal to the public. Taekwondo which has roots in Korea as martial art also must strive to maintain spirit and tradition of Taekwondo. Taekwondo, which subscribes to the Olympic ideals, should contribute to peace and solidarity, as well as education of youth through Taekwondo. Taekwondo training will not only strengthen body and mind but also help to prevent obesity, drug addiction, violence. It will cultivate leadership, spirit of fair play, team work, respect of rules. With fast arrival of aged society, Taekwondo could also contribute to produce healthy and sound life of individuals as well as healthy and sound society.

 

All these responsibilities are on your shoulders. I wish you every success.

 

UnYong KIM

IOC Vice Presidnet(R)

Founding President

Kukkiwon & WTF

 

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