Under President Terekhov’s leadership, Russia has hosted the 2015 World Taekwondo Championships in Chelyabinsk and the 2018 World Taekwondo Grand Prix and 2019 World Taekwondo Grand Prix Finals and Gala Awards in Moscow. The country’s athletes have also enjoyed great success internationally with all qualified Olympic athletes winning medals at Tokyo 2020 (two golds, one silver and one bronze) and three of their four Paralympic athletes winning medals in Tokyo (three bronze). They also won one gold, two silver and one bronze at the 2019 World Taekwondo Championships in Manchester and one silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
World Taekwondo President Choue, who nominated the Russian Taekwondo Union for the commendation and presented the certificate virtually, said:
“It is my pleasure to present this certificate on behalf of the Korean Ministry of Sport and Tourism to my friend and colleague Anatoly K Terekhov. President Terekhov has made a huge contribution to the development of Taekwondo in Russia and led them to be one of the sport’s most successful countries. Their outstanding performance at Tokyo 2020 in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games reflects how far they have come under his leadership. Russia has also hosted many excellent and prestigious Taekwondo events. As a member of the World Taekwondo Council, President Terekhov continues to support in the global development of Taekwondo as well and he thoroughly deserves this commendation.”
Russian Taekwondo Union President Terekhov said:
“I am honoured to have received this commendation and would like to sincerely thank the Korean Ministry of Sport and Tourism and President Choue for his nomination. My team and I at the Russian Taekwondo Union have worked very hard over the last seven years to raise the standards of Taekwondo in Russia and this commendation is a tribute to our collective success.”
During the call President Terekhov expressed his hope of meeting President Choue in person soon and President Choue proposed they meet during SportAccord this year.