Chungwon Choue, WTF President, presided over the WTF Executive Council meeting on Oct. 4 at the Sofitel Ambassador Hotel in downtown Seoul amid attendance of 29 EC members including 10 newly appointed members.
In the meeting, Choue said that the most imminent task facing our organization is to have Taekwondo remain alive on the Olympic Program permanently. For the purpose, we are required to pool our wisdom and strengthen cooperative relationship among ourselves, he said.
The IOC has announced new evaluation criteria on 2012 Olympic Program. In accordance with that, the IOC has sent us questionnaire on 33 categories, asking us to answer and send them back to IOC by Nov. 15, Choue revealed.
The IOC will evaluate all 28 Summer Olympic events together with five other candidate sports of golf, rugby, squash, karate and roller sports to decide the list of Olympic sports to be implemented from the 2012 Olympic Games, he explained.
Choue also told the EC members that “in the face grim reality surrounding our sport, we have no other choice but to change ourselves and reform our system and organization to make them fit the IOC standard.”
The just-ended Athens Olympic Taekwondo games served as an occasion to teach us that our sport still has many problems to be changed and improved to make it more interesting, thrilling and TV-friendly. The refereeing system also needs to be renovated to remove any room for causing misjudgment, he said.
The blueprint for our reform measures affecting the operation of WTF Secretariat, competition format, refereeing system and other wide range of fields will be formulated by the WTF Reform Committee soon to be inaugurated.
The members of the Executive Council showed positive response to Choue’s explanation and the general direction of the reform measures to be pushed ahead in the days to come.
Choue also made it clear to launch marketing activities more positively with a view to maximize our revenue and to start global PR campaign to increase the awareness of Taekwondo ideal and enhance brand image of our sport.