WTF Signs Collaboration Convention with FISU
The convention was signed between WTF Secretary General Dong-hoo Moon and Mr. Sinisa Jasnic, an assessor of the Executive Board of the FISU and chairman of the CTI World University Championships.
Under the four-year, renewable contract, the WTF and the FISU will closely cooperate in the taekwondo competition at Universiades and the World University Taekwondo Championships, and manpower fostering.
The FISU will appoint a Technical Commission chairman for taekwondo, while the WTF will appoint its representative to the World University Championships and the Universiades concerned.
“I am happy and am proud of signing this agreement with the WTF, the fastest growing international sport federation in the world. It will greatly expand the relations between the FISU and the WTF,” said Mr. Jasnic.
The agreement marked the seventh of its kind between the FISU and international sports federations. As recently as last month, the FISU signed a similar agreement with the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Mr. Jasnic said that the FISU will finalize the official program of the 2009 Universiade, which is scheduled for the last two weeks of July in 2009 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, when it convenes its Executive Board meeting on Jan. 15, 2007.
Taekwondo was adopted as an optional sport for the first time at the 22nd Universiade in Daegu, Korea in 2003 and it was again an optional sport at the 23rd Universiade in Izmir, Turkey in 2005. The 24th Universiade is scheduled to take place in Bangkok, Thailand, on Aug. 8-18, 2007, in which taekwondo will be an optional sport.
With its inclusion as an optional sport in the 2009 Universiade, the sport of taekwondo stands a high chance of being adopted as a compulsory sport in future editions of the Universiade.
The FISU adopted taekwondo as a single sport for the World University Championships in May 1986. Since then, there have been 10 championships.