WTF - ITF Talks Move On


Saturday, April 21, 2007
The World Taekwondo Federation and the International Taekwon-Do Federation held their first meeting of the Coordination Committee for Taekwondo Integration in Beijing, China, on March 31, 2007. The meeting is the results of a Mutual Agreement between WTF President Chungwon Choue and Mr. Ung Chang, president of the ITF. The two takwondo bodies held four rounds of working-level talks so far for the full-fledged meeting, with the first working-level talk taking place on June 27-28, 2005 in Beijing.

So far no spectacular agreements have been reached, the two parties confirmed their respective positions on the mission, authority and operation procedures of the Coordination Committee for Taekwondo Integration. Other than the exchange of materials related to taekwondo poomsae and kyorugi, both parties decided to deal with technical matters first, in the hope of producing tangible results. The two parties also agreed to decide on the date and venue of the next meeting through consultations later with each other.

The sheer fact that the two Taekwondo Federations are talking has to be seen as a positive act for the future development of Taekwondo. There may be a combined tournament of WTF- and ITF-competitors some time but we will see which changes of tournament rules will have to occur to make this happen. Anyway, the General Assembly of both Federations will have the last word at the end.

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