1st Int’l Symposium for Taekwondo Studies Opens in Ceremony in Beijing
Under the theme “The Pursuit of World Peace through Fair Play, the two-day event took place at Capital Institute of Physical Education in Beijing, China.
The symposium, jointly organized by the WTF, Kyung Hee University in Korea, and Capital Institute of Physical Education in Beijing, took place two days before the start of the 2007 Beijing WTF World Taekwondo Championships. The biennial championships are scheduled for May 18-22 at the Changping Gymnasium in northern Beijing.
The symposium, which featured two breakout sessions – one on academic session and the other on the practical session - drew more than 300 people, including WTF Council members.
Prof. Franjo Prot of University of Zagreb in Croatia and Dr. Willy Pieter, a professor of the School of Health Science, Science of University of Malaysia, served as keynote speakers of the symposium. About 30 papers were presented during the two-day symposium.
“This symposium will serve as an excellent opportunity for taekwondo experts and academics around the world to exchange ideas and opinions, helping taekwondo be firmly positioned as an academic discipline in its own right,” said WTF President Chungwon Choue in his congratulatory remarks during the opening ceremony of the symposium.
Dr. Choue continued to say, “The theme underscores the significance of this inaugural academic event of the WTF and the symposium will help promote the cause of fair play, and through this, contribute to world peace.” “As the first president of the Korean Committee for Fair Play set up last year, I believe that the fundamental philosophy of the Olympic Movement is to engage in fair play.”
“In this regard, the WTF is enthusiastically striving to promote fair play in a number of ways,” he said. “As part of the WTF’s efforts to ensure fairness in judging and refereeing at taekwondo competitions, we have taken steps to introduce an electronic protector system.”
In the practical breakout session, five people served as panelists. They are Prof. Prot, who also serves as president of the Croatian Taekwondo Federation; Mr. Rene Leveaux, a professor of University of Technology in Sydney, Australia; Mr. William Sullivan, a professor of Montclair State Univeristy in New Jersey in the United States; Mr. Usman Dildar, chairman of the London Taekwondo Academy; and Ms. Anne Gray Chase, an international referee of the WTF.
The WTF plans to hold the second symposium on the occasion of the 2009 WTF World Taekwondo Championships.