Sunday, December 13, 2009

Taekwondo Included in 2017 Summer Universiade as Compulsory Sport

Source: WTF

Taekwondo will be on the official program of the 2017 Summer Universiade and onwards as a compulsory sport.
The International University Sports Federation (FISU) has recently informed the WTF of its decision to include taekwondo in the official program of the Summer Universiade from 2017 onwards as a compulsory sport.
The decision was made at the FISU Executive Committee held on Nov. 13 and 14, 2009 in Erzurum, Turkey.
"I am very glad to inform you that the FISU Executive Committee which gathered on November 13 and 14, 2009, in Erzurum, Turkey, has officially approved your request to introduce taekwondo as a compulsory sport in the program of the Summer Universiade, as from 2017 onwards," said FISU Secretary General Eric Saintrond in a letter to WTF President Chungwon Choue.
"It is true that taekwondo has experienced a significant growth over the years and has become one of the most popular sports among our member associations. In addition, we have no doubt that it will continue to develop and attract more and more of our student-athletes in the future," the letter continued.
It continued to say, "We therefore look forward to pursuing the strong collaboration that we have long established with your federation and will continue to put all of our efforts in the promotion of taekwondo as a university sport worldwide."
Taekwondo has been on the program of the Summer Universiade as an optional sport since 2003, when the biennial international sporting and cultural festival was held in Daegu, Korea. Gwangju, Korea earned this year the right to host the 2015 Summer Universiade.
The Summer Universiade consists of 10 compulsory sports and up to three optional sports chosen by the host country. The 10 compulsory sports are athletics, basketball, football, gymnastics, swimming, diving, water polo, tennis and volleyball.
The Winter Universiade consists of six compulsory sports and one or two optional sports also chosen by the host country. The six are Alpine skiiing, Nordic skiing, ice hockey, short-track, speed skating, figure skating, and biathlon.

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