South Koreans set to go head-to-head for World Taekwondo Federation top job

Hong Moon-jong (left) is set to challenge Chungwon Choue for the job of WTF President (

By Duncan Mackay

“April 18 – Chungwon Choue is set to face another South Korean candidate as he seeks a fourth term as President of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), it has been reported. … Choue, first elected to the top role in 2004, is to be challenged by Hong Moon-jong, a member of South Korea’s National Assembly. … Hong has called for a ‘single candidacy’, meaning that he wants Choue to step aside to give him a free run at the Presidency when the election is held at the WTF General Assembly in Puebla, Mexico, on July 14 on the eve of the World Championships. … But Choue has made it clear that he will not pull out to allow Hong to take over. … ‘There’s no need to force the issue and unify candidacy,’ Choue told Yonhap News. … ‘Candidates should lay down their own policy goals and try to win support.’ …”

“… The official deadline for candidates to put themselves forward was last Friday (April 12) but the WTF will not reveal publicly until May 13 when all its members have been informed. … Choue was first elected nine years ago when he replaced the controversial Kim Un-yong after he was arrested on embezzlement and bribery charges in South Korea, which ultimately led to him being expelled from the International Olympic Committee. … Choue completed the year that Kim had left on his term and was re-elected in 2005 for a four year mandate, and then another one in 2009. … Under Choue, taekwondo is widely considered to have grown into more of a global sport, leading it to retaining its place among the Olympic core sports after Rio 2016 having initially been believed to have been under serious threat. … Among the innovations overseen by Choue has been the adoption by the WTF of the electronic protective vests and socks for scoring, along with instant video replays, helping eliminate the judging controversies which had overshadowed the tournament at Beijing in 2008. …”

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