2 Taekwondo Bodies Hold Talks on Integration in Beijing
At the Beijing talks, the two sides exchanged opinions to produce a final agreement on the establishment of the proposed coordination committee.
Mr. Manseek Choe, deputy secretary general of the WTF and Mr. Seok-jae Kang, director of the WTF’s PR Division, represented the WTF, while Mr. Yong-son Ri, deputy secretary general of the ITF, led the ITF contingent.
For the formation of the coordination committee, delegates of the two taekwondo organizations met in Beijing on four occasions.
The presidents of the WTF and the ITF are expected to sign a mutual agreement on the establishment of the Coordination Committee for Taekwondo Integration in early December during the 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. North Korean Ung Chang, member of the International Olympic Committee, leads the ITF.
On Sept. 20, 2006, the two presidents and Dr. Jacques Rogge, president of the IOC, met at the headquarters of the IOC in Lausanne, Switzerland, where the IOC president coordinated the ongoing talks between the two taekwondo organizations. The IOC president proposed that an agreement on the integration of technical rules be reached before any decision can be taken on administrative integration.