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2 taekwondo bodies to hold talks in China to discuss integration

All Headlines 16:34 December 11, 2018

SEOUL, Dec. 11 (Yonhap) -- Two taekwondo international governing bodies will hold a meeting in China this week to further discuss integration of the sport, officials here said Tuesday, following their historic agreement in Pyongyang last month.

World Taekwondo (WT) and the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) will convene a meeting in Wuxi, China, the host city for the 2018 WT Grand Slam Champions Series, on Saturday, Seoul-based WT said.

The two sides will touch on issues related to forming a joint organization, tentatively named "One World One Taekwondo Committee," and having joint taekwondo demonstration performances in Europe next year to commemorate the 25th anniversary of taekwondo becoming an Olympic sport.

Such issues were on the agenda at their meeting last month in Pyongyang, where they signed the agreement that pushes for integration of the sport. In the upcoming meeting, WT and ITF will discuss their cooperation in detail.

The WT delegation for the Wuxi meeting will be led by WT's South Korean chief Choue Chung-won and will include Ahmed Fouly, President of the African Taekwondo Union, and Lee Kyu-seok, President of the Asian Taekwondo Union.

From the ITF, President Ri Yong-son and Secretary General Kim Sung-hwan of North Korea are expected to attend the meeting.

Like the divided Koreas, taekwondo shares the same roots but is now separated by the WT and ITF styles of taekwondo. The WT, headquartered in Seoul, is currently the official international taekwondo governing body as recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The ITF has a different set of rules than the WT.

This file photo taken on Nov. 2, 2018, shows World Taekwondo President Choue Chung-won (L) shaking hands with International Taekwondo Federation President Ri Yong-son after signing an agreement at a hotel in Pyongyang. (Yonhap)

kdon@yna.co.kr
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