IOC president lauds Baku-hosted World Taekwondo Championship

    SPORT  04 June 2023 - 16:15

    The World Taekwondo Championship held in Baku has been organised at a high level.

    The statement came from visiting International Olympic Committee [IOC] President Thomas Bach, Report informs.

    Bach visited Baku Crystal Hall from the beginning to watch the World Taekwondo Championship, and then got acquainted with the World Taekwondo stand.

    Earlier, he met with a refugee team participating in the World Cup.

    World Taekwondo Federation (WT) President Chungwon Choue, Azrbaijani Taekwondo Federation President Kamalaaddin Heydarov, Azerbaijani Youth and Sports Minister Farid Gaibov watched the course of the competition together with the guest.

    Meanwhile, Azertag reported that IOC President Thomas Bach had joined World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue at the Baku 2023 World Taekwondo Championships to support the competing athletes and enjoy the spectacular action on show.

    Ahead of the evenings finals, President Bach and President Choue visited the Taekwondo for All stand on the side-lines of the competition to learn more about the meaningful work World Taekwondo and the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF) are doing to support those in need.

    President Bach also met with the newly elected Athletes’ Committee members; Cheick Cisse (Cote D’Ivoire), Katherine Alvarado (Costa Rica), Daehoon Lee (Korea) and Yehya Al Ghotani who is the first-ever refugee from the Azraq Refugee Camp to participate in the World Championships and gold medallists from the World Championships to congratulate them on their performances.

    “I want to congratulate World Taekwondo and particularly President Choue for an excellent World Championships. Working together with the Azerbaijani Organising Committee this has been such a great showcasing for the Olympic sport of Taekwondo. This may also in part be the result of the great progress the federation has made with regard to the fair and transparent judging and refereeing system.

    It was a great opportunity to see the great respect and friendship of all the participating athletes of the 144 countries plus the Refugee team. It was the most fitting way to celebrate fifty years of the federation and it shows great promise for another excellent appearance of Taekwondo at the Olympic Games Paris 2024,” IOC President Bach said.

    “We are grateful to IOC President Thomas Bach for the support he continues to show to Taekwondo. It was our pleasure to welcome him to our World Championships and showcase the innovations and improvements we are making.

    This year’s World Championships coincides with our 50th anniversary and is a reminder of how far we have come. With 144 countries plus one Refugee team competing here in Baku, Taekwondo is demonstrating that it is a truly global and inclusive sport. We believe strongly in the role of sport to unite and promote peace and we will continue to work to ensure that Taekwondo is a sport for all and empowers refugees and those who need it most,” said World Taekwondo President Choue.

    Earlier in the day, IOC President Bach and President Choue had visited the Azerbaijan National Taekwondo Centre alongside Minister of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan Farid Gayibov, and President of Azerbaijan Taekwondo Federation Kamaladdin Heydarov.

    The 2023 World Taekwondo Championships was the 26th edition of the World Taekwondo Championships and was held in Baku, Azerbaijan from 29 May to 4 June, 2023. It was the first time that Azerbaijan had held the event.


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