The 1st World Taekwondo Championships organized
by the Korea Taekwondo Association were held at the Kukkiwon
with participation of 200 competitors and officials from 19
The World Taekwondo Federation was established
at the inaugural meeting held at the Kukkiwon with participation
of 35 representatives from the world. Dr. Un Yong KIM was elected
President for a four-year term.
The Secretariat of the WTF was placed at the Kukkiwon
and began operation.
1st Asian Taekwondo Championships were held in
The WTF was affiliated to the General Association
of International Sports Federations [GAISF].
The International Military Sports Council [CISM]
adopted Taekwondo as its 23rd official sport for the World Military
European Taekwondo Union's inaugural meeting was
held in Barcelona, Spain on the occasion of the 1st European
The World Taekwondo, English quarterly magazine,
was first published as the official organ of the WTF [Later
changed the name to the WTF Taekwondo on March 10, 1981].
Preparatory inaugural meeting of the Asian Taekwondo
Union was held in Melbourne, Australia.
Inaugural meeting of the Pan American Taekwondo
Union held on the occasion of the 1st Pan American Taekwondo
Championships held in Mexico City, Mexico.
African Taekwondo Union was inaugurated in Abidjan,
Ivory Coast on the occasion of the 1st African Taekwondo Championships.
Program Commission of the IOC in its meeting in
Lausanne decided to recommend recognition of the WTF to the
IOC Executive Board and Session.
Taekwondo, English handbook, was first published.
The International Olympic Committee recognized
WTF at its 83rd Session in Moscow. The IOC granted its recognition
to the WTF, following the recommendation of the IOC Program
Commission to the IOC Executive Board.
The WTF was affiliated to the International Council
of Sports Science & Physical Education [ICSSPE]
Taekwondo participated in the first World Games
as an official sport.
Taekwondo was adopted by the Pan American Sports
Organization [PASO] as an official sport of the Pan American
Games at the its General Assembly. Accordingly, Taekwondo made
its debut in 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis, USA.
The WTF was affiliated to the International Group
for Construction of Sports and Leisure Facilities [IAKS].
28-Dec. 1, 1983
Taekwondo was adopted by the Supreme Council for
Sports in Africa [SCSA] as an official sport of All Africa Games
at its 10th General Assembly.
Taekwondo was adopted by the Olympic Council of
Asia [OCA] as an official sport of the 1986 Asian Games in Seoul,
Korea at its 3rd General Assembly.
Taekwondo was adopted as a demonstration sport
of the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea at the 90th Session
and Executive Board of the IOC in Berlin.
The Federation International du Sport Universitaire
[FISU] adopted Taekwondo as an event for World University Championships
at the FISU Executive Committee meeting in Zagreb, Croatia.
The WTF was affiliated to the Committee International
pour le Fairplay.
WTF President and Secretary General gave a presentation
of the sport of Taekwondo to the IOC Programme Commission Meeting
at the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne in the presence of all 14
members of the commission at the invitation of the commission.
The WTF News, English quarterly newsletter, was
first published. The publication stopped in January of 1990
and resumed in January 1997.
Taekwondo was first staged in the Olympic Games
as one of the demonstration sports in the 24th Olympic Games
at Changchung Gymnaisum in Seoul, Korea. 120 male and 63 female
athletes from 34 countries competed in respective eight weight
classes for male and female division. It also had attendance
of 243 Taekwondo instructors, including 58 officials from WTF
member national associations.
The Central American Sports Organization adopted
Taekwondo as an official sport of the Central American Games.
Taekwondo was adopted by the Bolivarian Directive
Council as a regular program of the 1993 Bolivarian Games in
Goodwill Games, Inc. adopted Taekwondo as an official
sport of the 3rd Goodwill Games.
Taekwondo was adopted by the Olympic Council of
Asia [OCA] at its general meeting in Hiroshima as an official
sport of the 1994 Asian Games in Hiroshima, Japan.
The WTF appointed unremunerated Regional Deputy
Secretaries General in European, African and Pan American regions
to activate Taekwondo promotion in these regions.
Taekwondo demonstration team toured to Spain,
Portugal and Morocco on the occasion of the EXPO '92 in Seville,
Taekwondo participated in the 25th Olympic Games
at the Palau Blaugrana in Barcelona, Spain as a demonstration
sport. The competition had participation of 64 male athletes
from 27 nations and 64 female athletes from 25 nations, 86 officials
and 30 International Referees in respective eight weight classes
for male and female division.
WTF Vice President Josiah Henson, WTF Technical
Committee Chairman Bong Sik KIM visited the IOC headquarters
in Lausanne, Switzerland to give presentation for promotion
of Taekwondo as an official Olympic sport.
Sydney Olympics 2000 Bid Limited invited a WTF
official to visit Sydney, expressing a strong interest in inclusion
of Taekwondo in the official programs of the Sydney 2000 Olympic
Games if their bid had been successful.
The IOC informed WTF "Taekwondo is on the
list of sports to be studied for their inclusion in the program
of the Games of the 27th Olympiad in 2000."
The 11th World Taekwondo Championships and the
4th Women's World Taekwondo Championships were held at the Madison
Square Garden in New York, USA with 443 male athletes from 82
countries and 226 female athletes from 54 countries, 474 officials
and 100 International Referees participating.
Dr. Un Yong KIM was awarded the Order of Commander
by King of Monaco Rainier in recognition of his contribution
to the Olympic Movement.
IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch made a visit
to Dr. Un Yong KIM at the Kukkiwon during his visit to Korea
on the occasion of the IOC Pavilion set up in the EXPO '93 in
Sydney Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games
would choose two among Taekwondo, gold, triathlon and women's
softball if permitted to select several events of the games,
President of the Australian Olympic Committee President and
SOCOG Olympic Commission Chairman John Coates was quoted as
saying, according to the AP.
26-Dec. 11, 1993
WTF dispatched a 14-member Taekwondo demonstration
team to Southeast Asia.
The Promotion Committee for Taekwondo's Olympic
Status was set up at a meeting held in Seoul, Korea with 49
sports and social leaders from Korea and other countries participating
The IOC Centenary Seoul International Taekwondo
Championships took place at the Changchoong Gymnasium in Seoul,
Korea with 32 male and 32 female athletes participating from
Australia, Korea, Spain and USA. Six IOC Members attended the
event sponsored by the WTF and organized by the Korea Taekwondo
Association in commemoration of the centennial of the IOC.
Beijing University of Physical Education and WTF
Vice President Chong Woo LEE who visited China agreed that the
university would include Taekwondo in its regular curriculum
beginning in September 1994.
Taekwondo was adopted as an official sport of
the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games at the 103rd IOC Session in Paris,
KBS Cup International Taekwondo Tournament was
held at Changchoong Gymnasium in Seoul, Korea with 31 male and
30 female athletes from 12 countries participating in commemoration
of the inclusion of Taekwondo in Sydney 2000 Olympic Games as
an official program.
The WTF was affiliated to the Association of Summer
Olympic International Federations [ASOIF] as a provisional member.
Taekwondo symposium was held at the Star Gaze
Room in Grand Boulevard Hotel in Manila, Philippines with about
100 people attending on the occasion of the 12th World Taekwondo
Championships and the 5th Women's World Taekwondo Championships.
IOC Executive Board decided at its meeting in
Cancun, Mexico to expand the entries of Taekwondo athletes in
Sydney 2000 Olympic Games to 100 in respective four weight classes
for men and women from the originally planned 64.
SOCOG announced the change of the dates and the
venue of the Taekwondo competition of the Sydney 2000 Olympic
Games. Dates of the competition were extended one day to four
days from September 27 to 30, 2000. The venue was changed from
Darling Harbor to the State Sports Centre in the Sydney Olympic
Park. SOCOG also said in its letter the Taekwondo test event
would be held on December 14-15, 1999.
Taekwondo was adopted by the CISM as an official
sport of the 2nd World Military Games in Zagreb, Croatia.
Executive Council of the WTF at its meeting in
Hotel Miramar in Hong Kong, China on the occasion of the 13th
World Taekwondo Championships and the 6th Women's World Taekwondo
Championships passed the proposal for regulation of "Standing
Procedure for Taekwondo Competition of the Olympic Games"
that defines the details of the Taekwondo competition of the
The 17th General Assembly of the SCSA [Supreme
Council of Sports in Africa] resolved to include Taekwondo in
the official programs of the 7th All Africa Games in Johannesburg,
Greek Taekwondo delegation, including Athens Olympic
Games Organizing Committee [ATHOC 2004] Competition Manager
for Taekwondo Michalis Fissentjidis, visited WTF President Dr.
Un Yong KIM to the Kukkiwon.
July 14, 2000 FISU Executive Board meeting in
Beijing selected Taegu, Korea as the host city of the 22nd Universiade
in 2003 and Taekwondo was adopted as one of the programs of
the 2003 Universiade.
Taekwondo competition of the 26th Olympic Games
as an official sport in respective four male and female weight
classes at the State Sports Centre in the Sydney Olympic Park
in Sydney, Australia. It had participation of 55 male athletes
from 39 nations and 48 female athletes from 32 nations [51 nations]
and 25 International Referees.
Taekwondo became an `Olympic sport' as the IOC
Executive Board meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland confirmed Taekwondo
as an Olympic sport for 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
Chinese Olympic Committee announced that Taekwondo
is participating in the Chinese National Sports Meeting to be
held in November 2001 for the first time. This national sport
event of China with 1.2 billion people is held every four years.
Taekwondo entry at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games
was expanded to 124 at the IOC Executive Board Meeting in Lausanne.
January 11-12, 2002
FISU Executive Committee Meeting in Tarvisio, Italy decided to include taekwondo also in 23rd Summer Universiade to be held in Izmir, Turkey on July 16-26, 2005 as an optional sport.
IOC Executive Board decided the sports programs
of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games to be 27, including Taekwondo,
at its meeting in Lausanne.
The 114th IOC Session held in Mexico City confirmed
the inclusion of Taekwondo in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
October 14-20, 2003
Taekwondo will take part in the 5th Central Asian Games to be held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan for the first time.
The Extraordinary meeting of the Executive Council
of the WTF held in Bangkok, Thailand elected Dr. Sun Jae PARK,
Vice President (Italy), as Acting President of the WTF as the
meeting accepted the resignation of Dr. Un Yong KIM from the
presidency of the WTF.
Dr. Chung Won CHOUE was elected as new President
of the WTF at the Extraordinary General Assembly held in Incheon,
Korea. Dr. Choue will serve Dr. Un Yong Kim’s remaining term
of office that will end at the 17th General Assembly to be held
on the occasion of the 17th (10th Women’s) World Championships
scheduled for 2005 in Madrid, Spain.
Taekwondo competition of the 28th Olympic Games
as an official sport in respective four male and female weight
classes at the Sports Pavillion in Athens, Greece. It had participation
of 64 male athletes and 60 female athletes from 60 nations and
24 International Referees .
FISU Executive Committee Meeting in Innsbruck,
Austria, confirmed Taekwondo as an optional sport for the 24th
Summer Universiade to be held in Bangkok, Thailand in 2007,
for third time in a row.
July 8, 2005
117th IOC Session in Singapore (July 7-9) decided on the programs of 2012 London Olympic Games. Out of 28 Summer Olympic sports, 26 sports, including taekwondo, were confirmed as programs of the 2012 London Olympic Games. Baseball and softball were dropped from the programs of 2012 London Olympic Games but still remain as Summer Olympic sports.
July 16, 2005
Oceania Taekwondo Union was recognized as the 5th Continental Union of the WTF, bringing the number of Continental Taekwondo Unions of the WTF from 4 (Asia/Africa/Europe/Pan America) to 5 (Asia/Africa/Europe/Pan America/Oceania).
February 5-7, 2006
IOC Executive Board decided at its meeting in Turin, Italy to expand the number of taekwondo entry in Beijing 2008 Olympic Games from 124 to 128 (two males and two females were added).
July 25, 2006
The number of member nations rose to 182 at the 17th WTF General Assembly held in Hochiminh City, Vietnam on July 25, 2006