(MENAFN- AzerNews) IOC President Thomas Bach has joined World Taekwondo President
Chungwon Choue at the Baku 2023 World Taekwondo Championships to
support the competing athletes and enjoy the spectacular action on
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
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.
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