“I have the pleasure to welcome President Choue and the World Taekwondo Council today to the Olympic House. For years, World Taekwondo has been an important partner to the IOC in terms of contributing to Olympic Agenda 2020 and Olympic Agenda 2020+5, especially in humanitarian activities for refugees and displaced persons. Now, it is really impressive that World Taekwondo is becoming the leader in virtual combat sport by combining physical activity and virtual reality. We look forward to further advancing our partnership and friendship.” Said IOC president.
Among the news it was announced that 2023 World Taekwondo Championships will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan together with the 50th anniversary celebration of WT.
WT president Dr. Choue said: “We congratulate Baku on being awarded the 2023 World Taekwondo Championships and we have no doubt that with all their experience and expertise they will host a fantastic event to celebrate our 50th year. We also thank Wuxi for their bid. With the highly successful World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Goyang last month and our Rome World Taekwondo Grand Prix approaching next month we can see that Taekwondo is back in full swing. After a long time of disruption due to COVID-19, we are delighted that our athletes and fans have the opportunity to enjoy world-class Taekwondo events once again.”
Our PATU president Juan Manuel López also commented: “It is very proactive to reunite all WT Council members in person so we can work together in order to enhance our beloved sport and martial art, of course we are always looking the ways to bring the best opportunities to our PATU family.”