Oceania Taekwondo Union President
Mr. Phillip Walter Coles Named as WTF Vice President
WTF President Chungwon Choue appointed Mr. Phillip
Walter Coles, president of the Oceania Taekwondo Union
and Australian member of the International Olympic Committee,
as a vice president of the WTF on Feb. 4, 2008.
Under the WTF Rules and Regulations, the WTF has six
vice presidents. Of the six, three are elected at the
General Assembly and another three are appointed by
the WTF president.
Since March 14, 2007, a vice-president position has
been vacant, following the death of Dr. Cha Sok Park,
who was a vice president of the WTF and president of
the Pan American Taekwondo Union. Mr. Coles, is serving
the remainder of the late Dr. Park’s four-year
term until the WTF’s next General Assembly in
As the fifth continental union of the WTF, the Oceania
Taekwondo Union was established on July 16, 2005 in
Sydney, Australia, with the initial 10 member nations.
Mr. Coles has since served as the first president of
the Oceania Taekwondo Union. The Oceania Taekwondo Union
now has 13 member nations.
As recently as Jan. 10, 2008, Mr. Coles visited the
headquarters of the WTF to attend the Joint Meeting
of Continental Unions.
WTF to Launch Taekwondo Web
In an effort to improve media exposure of taekwondo,
the WTF has started developing its own Web TV site and
now its effort is about to bear a fruit.
The WTF Taekwondo Web TV now test-runs at www.wtf-taekwondo.tv,
where you can watch matches of the 2007 WTF World Taekwondo
Qualification Tournament for the 2008 Beijing Olympic
Games held in Manchester, England, in September last
year, and the recent
European Qualification Tournament in
The videos are featured with graphical reinforcement
and state-of-the-art technologies, such as “tagging”
which marks the moment when each player gains a point
or a warning.
This feature is sure to help more people better understand
and enjoy the sport as well as serve as a useful tool
with which athletes and coaches can analyze their own
play and compare with those of others.
A lack of exposure of the sport on TV has been pointed
out as a weakness in the sports community.
To deal with the problem, the WTF worked out an efficient
and economic solution using high-quality fixed-type
cameras along with high-tech features for sport video
analysis. All the video feeds produced on the site can
be used when a judging protest is raised.
On top of that, the new taekwondo media is also expected
to serve as a useful marketing tool helping the WTF
get greater value of sponsorship and attracting advertisers,
therefore creating revenues.
You can visit the site and enjoy breathtaking moments
of the matches of your favorite players. Additional
events and exciting functionalities to further enrich
the experience of fans, teams, coaches and athletes
will be added during the coming months.
WTF European Taekwondo Qualification Tournament
Wraps Up in Success in Istanbul, Turkey
Host Turkey earned four berths for the taekwondo
competition at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games after
two days of the 2008 WTF European Taekwondo Qualification
Tournament, which concluded on Jan. 27, 2008 in Istanbul,
European taekwondo powers Spain and Germany clinched
three places each for the Beijing Olympic Games, while
Great Britain, Greece and Sweden won two tickets each
through the two-day event.
Eight countries grabbed one ticket each through the
qualifier for the Beijing Olympic Games. They are Portugal,
Azerbaijan, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy, Croatia,
Israel and Norway.
Through the European qualifier, a total of 14 countries
in Europe earned 24 tickets. Given the results of the
2007 WTF World Taekwondo Qualification Tournament in
September 2007 in Manchester, England, 15 European countries
clinched 32 berths for the Beijing Olympic Games.
A total of 128 athletes are scheduled to compete in
the taekwondo competition of the 2008 Beijing Olympic
Games, during which two bronze medals in each weight
categories will be awarded for the first time. Twenty-six
international referees officiated the event and there
was only one protest throughout the two-day tournament.
The European qualifying event took place at the Ahmet
Comert Sport Hall in downtown Istanbul, which drew 131
athletes, including 56 females, from 43 countries in
Among participating countries were Albania, Andorra,
Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia
& Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech
Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany,
Great Britain, Greece and Hungary. The others were Iceland,
Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova,
Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland,
Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic,
Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine.
The opening day of the two-day event featured four
weight categories: the men’s -58kg, the men’s
-80kg, the women’s -49kg and the women’s
-67kg, while the second day featured another four weight
divisions: the men’s -68kg, the men’s +80kg,
the women’s -57kg and the women’s +67kg.
The competition results of the European qualifying
event are as follows:
In the men’s -58kg category, Pedro Miguel Moreira
Povoa of Portugal placed first, while Tyrone Robinson
of Great Britain finished second and Juan Antonio Ramos
Sanchez of Spain placed third.
In the men’s -68kg division, Servet Tazegul of
Turkey placed first, while Daniel Manz of Germany and
Dennis Bekkers of the Netherlands finished second and
Bahri Tanrikuku of Turkey placed first in the men’s
-80kg division, while Azerbaijan’s Rashad Ahmadov
and Great Britain’s Aaron Cook finished second
and third, respectively.
In the men’s +80kg category, Spain’s Jon
Garcia Aguado came in first, while Italy’s Leonardo
Basile and Greece’s Nikolaidis Alexandros placed
second and third, respectively.
In the women’s -49kg class, Hanna Zajc of Sweden
placed first, while Switzerland’s Manuela Bezzola
and Germany’s Sumeyye Gulec finished second and
Croatia’s Martina Zubcic finished first in the
women’s -57kg category, while Turkey’s Azize
Tanrikulu and Israel’s Bat El Getterer came in
second and third, respectively.
In the women’s -67kg division, Turkey’s
Sibel Guler came in first, while Greece’s Mystakidou
Elisavet and Germany’s Pinar Budak finished second
and third, respectively.
In the women’s +67kg category, Spain’s
Rosana Simon Alamo finished first, while Sweden’s
Karolina Kedzierska and Norway’s Nina Solheim
placed second and third, respectively.
WTF Holds Joint Meeting of Continental Unions,
Executive Committee Meeting in Seoul
The World Taekwondo Federation held a joint meeting
of presidents and secretaries general of the WTF Continental
Unions, the first of its kind in the WTF’s 35-year
history, at the WTF headquarters in Seoul on Jan. 10,
A day later on Jan. 11, the WTF held its Executive
Committee Meeting, the third of its kind.
The Joint Meeting of Continental
Unions drew all the presidents and secretaries general
of the WTF’s five Continental Unions. Mr. Ji Ho
Choi of the United States attended the meeting in his
capacity as the president of the Pan American Taekwondo
Union. He was elected PATU president last December.
At the meeting, participants adopted a recommendation,
which called for the creation of an ad-hoc committee
to review the WTF Competition Rules and Standing Procedures
of the taekwondo competitions at the Olympic Games,
including the feasibility of having the WTF World Taekwondo
Championships that is held one year prior to the Olympic
Games serve as the WTF World Qualification Tournament
for the Olympic Games.
The participants also called for an immediate creation
of an ad-hoc Investigation Committee to conduct a thorough
probe of rumors and allegations as well as the sources
levied against WTF President Chungwon Choue and WTF
Secretary General Jin Suk Yang.
Based on the Committee's investigation results, the
participants urged that the WTF should take strong legal
action against those who made malicious, intentional
allegations and rumors.
The meeting gave permission to introduce the electronic
trunk protector system for trial testing in the respective
Continental Union championships, after which the Continental
Unions will report the evaluation results to the WTF.
The joint meeting recommended that an ad-hoc committee,
comprising of the presidents of the Continental Unions,
be formed to study the feasibility of an individual
It also called on Mr. Jean Marie Ayer, former CEO of
Dartfish, to contact the International Olympic Committee
regarding the proposal to create a WTF Web TV and improve
the WTF newsletter.
Evaluating the Joint Meeting “a great success,”
the WTF decided to hold the Joint Meeting of Continental
Unions on a regular basis, prior to the WTF Council
meeting and General Assembly.
“We, the WTF, are not operated by the Secretariat
alone. It is through our joint efforts that the WTF
thrives in today’s society,” said WTF President
Chungwon Choue at the Joint Meeting. “I ask that
you lay your views openly for our joint discussion.
Only through open dialogue, we will be able to eradicate
the misleading, even malicious rumors that are aimed
at undermining our efforts to enhance the status of
He continued to say, “Moving on, taekwondo’s
popularity is on the rise, and for this reason, I propose
organizing the World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships
every two years. The WTF has already sent official letters
to the member national associations to submit their
hosting applications for the 2009 edition of the championships
until the end of January. The host city of the World
Cup Taekwondo Team Championships will be decided at
the upcoming General Assembly in Izmir, Turkey, in May
WTF President Choue said, “I will form an ad-hoc
committee to review our Competition Rules. This review
is necessary to make taekwondo more exciting and relevant
in today’s society. Tradition and progress should
come hand in hand, not one over the other.” “I
will also ask the ad-hoc committee to review the possibility
of combining the Standing Procedure for the Olympic
Games into the Competition Rules,; this is to eliminate
any potential confusion and contradiction by having
only one definitive document for the rules governing
Moroccan Team Members with Disabilities Perform
It was one of the most special, moving and splendid
events of taekwondo ever held. A group of athletes with
disabilities performed a special taekwondo demonstration
during a Moroccan national competition titled "Championship
of the Champions" held at Ibn Yassine Stadium in
Rabat, Morocco, on Jan. 19, 2008.
A four-member team performed the demonstration of both
Poomsae, or fixed
taekwondo movements, and Gyeorugi,
or sparring, including a series of breakings as well
as a short play showing how they defended themselves
against gangsters by using taekwondo.
With the attendance of WTF President Chungwon Choue,
two members of the group, a blind man, and a boy without
arms, read out a message of hope and showed what they
are capable of doing through taekwondo.
One of the most moving moments was when a blind athlete
jump-kicked to scroll down a banner that reads "Overcome
Your Handicap and Practice Sport. Go for It!!!"
Their performance not only represented diverse aspects
of the sport, but also epitomized how the sport can
help them "overcome the handicap" in terms
of self-disciplining, helping each other, and protecting
themselves with self-defense.
The event was in line with the WTF’s commitment
to ensure more of the people with disabilities will
practice the sport and be benefited from it.
As part of its efforts to promote taekwondo, the WTF
has put top priority on promoting taekwondo among practitioners
To translate its commitment into action, the WTF has
taken a series of measures. It sent a letter in June
2006 to the president of the International Paralympic
Committee asking for his help in including the sport
of taekwondo in the official program of the Paralympic
Games, and on July 25, 2006, the WTF General Assembly
approved the creation of the WTF Paralympic Committee
in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Following the approval, the WTF held its first Paralympic
Committee meetings on Nov. 13-14, 2006, at the headquarters
of the WTF in Seoul.
There were demonstrations by taekwondo practitioners
with disabilities during the opening ceremony of the
1st WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Seoul,
Korea on Sept. 4, 2006, and during the opening ceremony
of the 18th WTF Taekwondo World Championships held in
May 2007 in Beijing, China.