POSTED: September 22nd 2015

Olympics: World Taekwondo launches new sports refugee assistance foundation at the United Nations

The demonstration team put on a show for the UN Officials and about 700 students / WTF
The demonstration team put on a show for the UN Officials and about 700 students / WTF

World Taekwondo Federation President (WTF) Chungwon Choue addressing the UN / WTF
World Taekwondo Federation President (WTF) Chungwon Choue addressing the UN / WTF

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) World Taekwondo Federation President (WTF) Chungwon Choue announced at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York plans to create the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation. The foundation will use the sport of taekwondo to promote physical fitness, respect and understanding in refugee camps worldwide.

The WTF is looking to officially establish it before the end of the year in the Olympic capital of Lausanne, Switzerland, then a pilot project will be launched later this year in an as-yet-undecided refugee camp.

After his speech the WTF Taekwondo Demonstration Team performed for the assembled UN officials and some 700 young students.

President Choue said, "It was a tremendous honour for me to speak to the U.N. and present the WTF Demonstration Team, particularly on the International Day of Peace, which was proposed by my father in 1981. My father often said, 'peace is more precious than triumph' and it is for this reason that I know he would support our plans for the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation.

"The refugee crisis is one of the biggest issues Europe and the world faces right now and it is an issue we must face together. As IOC President Thomas Bach said, sport and the Olympic Movement should play a part in bringing humanitarian help to refugees.

"We believe that the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation will do just that and it is a concept we have been planning for some time. As a sport which requires minimal equipment, taekwondo is ideally positioned to help as it is easily deployable and easily accessible to all. Taekwondo will bring hope and joy to young people in refugee camps, keep them active and promote our global values."

Choue met with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on 20 September and they discussed the WTF's plans to assist the global community with the growing refugee crisis.

The Foundation's mission will be to send teams of taekwondo instructors to teach the sport to young people in refugee camps around the world. Not just sport, this will instill in them the taekwondo philosophy and values of Olympism.

Taekwondo is a relatively easy sport to practice and requires little or no permanent infrastructure.

President Choue was also invited to visit the UN Women Headquarters to discuss ideas on how to work with young people to promote gender equality and help young women to build leadership skills through taekwondo.

After the visit to the UN, the WTF team is scheduled to demonstrate at the West Point Military Academy and the World Bank.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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