WTF Secretary General Resigns; WTF to Embark on Sweeping Internal Reforms
President Choue said he will name a new secretary general and carry out a far-reaching personnel reshuffle this month, while introducing a package of reforms to the Secretariat that include an annual salary system on a contractual basis and a quarterly performance evaluation system for WTF staff.
President Choue also said that he will gradually increase the number of non-Koreans working for the WTF Secretariat as part of his efforts to remake the WTF into a truly global sports federation.
Dr. Choue also accepted the resignation of Mr. Yoon-taek Lim, deputy secretary general for the Sport Division and Refereeing Division, and Mr. Sean Kim, deputy secretary general for marketing and public relations.
Also offering to resign to give President Choue wider latitude in implementing internal reforms was Mr. Manseek Choe, deputy secretary general for the General Affairs Division and the Planning and Finance Division. However, WTF President Choue asked him to stay to assist the incoming secretary general in carrying out major WTF projects, including the World Taekwondo Championships scheduled for May in Beijing.
During a press conference held at the WTF headquarters on Jan. 10, President Choue said that he would carry out the reform programs described in the WTF Reform Report without fail. “I will transform the WTF in a drastic way and put more internationally minded and professional staff into the secretariat to make the WTF a truly global sports federation, helping taekwondo retain its Olympic status for good.”
“Reform is the only way for the WTF to survive, and without change the WTF has no meaning to its existence. With sweeping organizational change, the WTF will soon embark on a new start,” Dr. Choue said.
On Dec. 26, 2006, WTF President Choue suspended all WTF personnel of their duties, including the WTF secretary general. The following week, on Jan. 2, Dr. Choue announced that WTF Secretary General Moon had submitted his resignation that morning.
Mr. Moon said of his resignation, “I have decided to tender my resignation, bearing responsibility for not smoothly managing overall WTF matters.” “I thought my resignation will help reform the WTF Secretariat.”
And Dr. Choue reiterated the importance of bringing sweeping reform to the WTF Secretariat by saying, “If taekwondo were not an Olympic sport, then it would be a different story. But as long as taekwondo is an Olympic sport, this style of management does not make sense. We have no choice but to do our best to be reborn as a truly international sport federation.”