BAKU, Azerbaijan (Dec. 10, 2016) – The World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final 2016, held in this city on the Caspian Sea concluded with a powerful message of support for the “Peace Through Sport” movement: all medallists held up white cards on the podium.
The white card is a symbolic gesture of commitment to peace efforts worldwide and shows support for the International Day of Sport for Peace.
The “White Cards for Peace” initiative is run by the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation’s partner, Peace and Sport. It started in 2014 as an interactive campaign on social media to raise awareness for sport activities as a means to promote peace and development around the world.
Ah Reum Lee (KOR), THF Ambassador Jade Jones (GBR) and Hedaya Malak (EGY), medallists in the -57kg category
Cover photo: Jaouad Achab (BEL), Dae Hoon Lee (KOR) and Konstantin Minin (RUS), medallists in the -68kg category
“The Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF) and the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) are dedicated to supporting this important initiative,” said Dr. Chungwon Choue, the president of both the THF and the WTF. “By mobilising around the ‘Peace Through Sport’ movement, the global taekwondo family shows its commitment to doing good through the sport they love.”
Convinced that sport is a barrier-breaking tool to foster inclusion, respect and world citizenship, the WTF and THF have, since 2015, been developing and operating programmes to empower refugees and displaced persons worldwide through the sport and martial art of taekwondo.
More information on the white card initiative can be found here.
Sajjad Mardani (IRI), Roman Kuznetsov (RUS) and Vladislav Larin (RUS), medallists in the +80kg category
Bianca Walkden (GBR) and Jackie Galloway (USA), Gold and Bronze medallists in the +67kg category