POSTED: January 31st 2017

The city of Paris and Taekwondo Federations team up to support refugees through sport

The ‘Discover Taekwondo Workshop’ kicks off new agreement © Paris 2024
The ‘Discover Taekwondo Workshop’ kicks off new agreement © Paris 2024

Discover Taekwondo Workshop © Paris 2024
Discover Taekwondo Workshop © Paris 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) A major agreement was signed by the city of Paris with Taekwondo Federations to support refugees in the city through sport. It allows for international refugees to practice sport as a means for social inclusion in Paris.

"Paris is an open, sharing city that is committed to helping people improve their lives...Paris has made aid to refugees a priority. In two years, we have welcomed 30,000 people who have escaped war in their countries. We ensure that they are welcomed and help them integrate well in France," expressed Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo.

Mayor Hidalgo; President of World Taekwondo Federation and Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF), Chungwon Choue; and President of French Taekwondo Federation (FFTD), Denis Odjo gathered in the AccorHotels Arena to formally sign the agreement. In addition, Paris was named the Taekwondo Humanitarian Federation Ambassador City. The 'Discover Taekwondo Workshop' kicked off the initiative at the Humanitarian Aid Center in the French capital.

Mayor Hidalgo added, "We are convinced that sport is useful in helping them. This partnership agreement between Paris, the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation and the French Taekwondo Federation reflects this city's commitment to use sport as a means of changing the lives of those less fortunate."

Paris 2024 Bid Committee Co-Chairman, Tony Estanguet, stated, "This initiative between Paris, the Taekwondo Federations, and the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation is very special. We want to show the people of the world that we are ready to share our city with them, wherever they may be from, and this scheme really highlights that important mission...Sport can be an incredibly powerful tool to offer people hope and opportunity when they are faced with very tough challenges, and we are delighted that Paris is supporting those in the Taekwondo community to help better the lives of refugees through participation in this Olympic sport."

This new agreement was praised by the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Bid Committee as it aligns perfectly with their Games Vision of "sharing" to address critical contemporary challenges. It also reaffirmed their vision to welcome the world to Paris in 2024 for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"At Paris 2024, we fully support this initiative and it underlines our vision to create a Games of passion and purpose - highlighting through the power of sport that we can support those less fortunate, promote sport and healthy lifestyles and celebrate openness and tolerance by welcoming the world to our city," commented Co-Chairman Estanguet.

Mayor Hidalgo concluded, "By working on projects like this, we can leverage the power of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to create real positive change across all aspects of society."

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

Keywords · Paris · Paris 2024 · Olympics · Olympic bidding · refugees · Taekwondo · France

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