WT executive to share stories behind taekwondo unification efforts

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WT executive to share stories behind taekwondo unification efforts

World Taekwondo Executive Deputy Secretary General Kim Eil-chul, center, smiles with North Korea's National Athletics Guidance Committee Chairman Choe Hwi, right, during a dinner at Okryugwan in Pyongyang on Nov. 2. Courtesy of World Taekwondo

By Jung Min-ho

World Taekwondo (WT) Executive Deputy Secretary General Kim Eil-chul has many stories to tell when it comes to Korean unification.

As leader of the global taekwondo governing body's taekwondo unification project, Kim has traveled around the world over the past five years to seek ideas and muster support for recovering the sport's original oneness ― after taekwondo was separated into two forms and each developed in its own way for decades.

In November, he visited Pyongyang, where WT, under the leadership of South Korean Choue Chung-won and the International Taekwondo Federation, led by North Korean Ri Yong-son, agreed to create a joint organization to narrow their differences in governing the sport.

Kim will share some of the interesting stories behind WT's peace efforts and his vision about Korean unification at Yonsei University's Health and Unification Center in Seoul on March 26.

Under the title "30 events from 2014 Nanjing to 2018 Pyongyang," Kim, former healthcare entrepreneur, will not only talk about the sport's role in unifying two Koreas but also health visions for a united Korea.


World Taekwondo Executive Deputy Secretary General Kim Eil-chul, center, smiles with North Korea's National Athletics Guidance Committee Chairman Choe Hwi, right, during a dinner at Okryugwan in Pyongyang on Nov. 2. Courtesy of World Taekwondo

By Jung Min-ho

World Taekwondo (WT) Executive Deputy Secretary General Kim Eil-chul has many stories to tell when it comes to Korean unification.

As leader of the global taekwondo governing body's taekwondo unification project, Kim has traveled around the world over the past five years to seek ideas and muster support for recovering the sport's original oneness ― after taekwondo was separated into two forms and each developed in its own way for decades.

In November, he visited Pyongyang, where WT, under the leadership of South Korean Choue Chung-won and the International Taekwondo Federation, led by North Korean Ri Yong-son, agreed to create a joint organization to narrow their differences in governing the sport.

Kim will share some of the interesting stories behind WT's peace efforts and his vision about Korean unification at Yonsei University's Health and Unification Center in Seoul on March 26.

Under the title "30 events from 2014 Nanjing to 2018 Pyongyang," Kim, former healthcare entrepreneur, will not only talk about the sport's role in unifying two Koreas but also health visions for a united Korea.


Jung Min-ho mj6c2@koreatimes.co.kr


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