“Success always needs to take responsibility”, declared IOC President Thomas Bach at the last meeting of the THF Board of Trustees, which took place on June 30 at the occasion of the World Taekwondo Championships 2017 in Muju, South Korea. Honouring the THF Board with his presence, IOC President saluted Dr. Chungwon Choue’s and World Taekwondo’s proactive humanitarian stance through the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation, and the Foundation’s contribution to address the world refugee crisis through sport.
Sport can plan a major role in today’s society, and sport can be one of the tools that can have a preventive effect on war and violence, reminded IOC President Bach.
IOC President Thomas Bach addressed the THF Board Trustees on the role of sport as a tool to prevent violence and conflict, congratulating the initiative of the Foundation to empower people living in refugee camps through taekwondo.
The THF Board Meeting took place on the last day of the World Taekwondo Championships 2017, a seven-day tournament where taekwondo’s world best athletes from 183 countries competed. At this occasion, the Foundation kicked off a worldwide online petition campaign and animated an information booth outside the competition venue.
The opening ceremony of the Championships was attended by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who also praised the THF and World Taekwondo for its efforts to promote peace through sport.
More than 120 Member National Taekwondo Federations also pledged to support the THF’s online petition campaign and to further raise awareness about the Foundation’s activities within their countries, by signing a Humanitarian Charter. After having signed the charter, federation presidents had the chance to take a picture with World Taekwondo’s Choue Chung-won. These pictures can be found here: