WTF President Tours 4 European Countries to Meet with Ranking Sports and Political Officials
As part of his efforts to promote the Olympic sport of Taekwondo, he traveled to Bulgaria, Croatia, Belgium and Denmark before coming to Manchester, the United Kingdom for the WTF World Taekwondo Qualification Tournament scheduled for Sept. 28-30, 2007.
During his visit to Sofia, Bulgaria Sept. 15-18, WTF President Choue met with Mrs. Stefka Kostadinova, president of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee; Mr. Ivan Lekov, deputy chairman of the State Agency for Youth and Sports; and Mr. Feim Chaushev, deputy minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Bulgarian NOC president won the silver medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Silver and the gold medal at the 1006 Atlanta Olympic Games both in high jump.
Mr. Lekov proposed holding a Taekwondo symposium next year in Sofia, to which WTF President Choue made a favorable response.
While in Sofia, Dr. Choue also visited the Sports Museum in downtown Sofia to present a Taekwondo poster to the museum head.
After his four-day visit to Bulgaria, Dr. Choue flew to Zagreb, Croatia on Sept. 19 for a three-day visit.
He met with, among others, Mr. Tomislav Sepec, president of the Zagreb Sports Association; Mrs. Ljiljana Kuhta Jelicic, deputy mayor of the City of Zagreb; Mr. MSci Slobodan Mikac, managing director of the Trade and Investment Promotion Agency of the Republic of Bulgaria; Mr. Dragan Primorac, minister, the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports; and Prof. Dinko Vuleta, dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb.
On Sept. 20, WTF President paid a courtesy call to His Majesty Mr. Stjepan Mesic, president of the Republic of Croatia. At the meeting, the Croatian president asked for the WTF’s continued support for the promotion of Taekwondo in Croatia, showing his great interest in the Olympic sport of Taekwondo.
Croatia won one gold, one silver and one bronze medal at the 2007 WTF World Taekwondo Championships in Beijing, China.
After his meeting with the Croatian president, Dr. Choue met with Mr. Zlatko Matesa, president of the Croatian Olympic Committee, to exchange opinions on how to develop Taekwondo in his country.
WTF President, then, traveled to Belgium on Sept. 20 to attend the inaugural International Workshop on Sport and Peace, which kicked off on Sept. 21 for a two-day run.
At the workshop, Dr. Choue proposed the creation of the so-called “Sport Peace Corps” in coopration among the WTF, the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee.
On Sept. 23, WTF President visited Copenhagen, Denmark for a four-day run.
While in Copenhagen, Dr. Choue met with Mr. Lars Lundov, executive director, Sports Foundation Denmark; Mr. Niels Nygaard, president of National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark; and r. Kai Holm, member of International Olympic Committee, executive member of the European Olympic Committee and president of International Master Games Association.
Dr. Choue also visited the venue of the 2009 WTF World Taekwondo Championships to be briefed on the progress.