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Kukkiwon (President Oh Hyundeuk) held an event to promote Kukkiwon brand and Taekwondo in front of the international sports journalists.
At the ¡®Luncheon for the Members of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Hosted by Kukkiwon (hereinafter ¡°The Luncheon¡±)¡¯ held in Sapphire Ballroom on the 3rd floor of LOTTE Hotel Seoul at noon on May 10th (Wed), more than 250 sports journalists from 120 countries around the world participated.
This event was prepared by Kukkiwon and Korea Sports Press Union (KSPU) for the purpose of promoting Kukkiwon and Taekwondo as part of the welcoming event, while also serving the purpose of the 80th AIPS Congress held in Seoul and Pyeongchang for 5 days from May 9th (Tue) to 13th (Sat).
Accordingly, Kukkiwon set the theme of the event as, ¡®Invitation from the Heart of Taekwondo,¡¯ and prepared the event to focus on actively promoting Kukkiwon, which is the focal point of Taekwondo and Taekwondo families, as well as being the World Taekwondo Headquarters. Taekwondo is a martial art originated in Korea.
Kukkiwon President Oh Hyundeuk, in his Welcoming Address said, ¡°Kukkiwon will make endless efforts to become a warm helping hand dreaming of ¡®Unifying the World with Taekwondo¡¯ to aim for peace in a world where people go beyond race, borders, ideology, and religion,¡± and urged, ¡°I would like to sincerely ask for you to keep a close eye on how Kukkiwon¡¯s visions would be realized, and also ask for your active cooperation.¡±
At the presentation of Honorary Dan Certificate after playing the Kukkiwon PR Video, 6th Honorary Dan Certificate and 5th Honorary Dan Certificate were awarded to AIPS President Gianni MERLO and KSPU President JONG Hee Don, respectively.
In addition, International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian COE was awarded Honorary 8th Dan Certificate, while being asked for many interests and supports on Taekwondo. IAAF is one of the 3 major sports organizations along with International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
In particular, at the event, Kukkiwon explained through the presentation, the history and purpose business, as well as future policy directions of Kukkiwon, and proposed the vision of Kukkiwon as the World Taekwondo Headquarters.
Kukkiwon invited the interpreter-cum-broadcaster Irene Tae as the communication director. Irene Tae had hosted the Grammy Awards live, and the opening and closing ceremonies of Universiade Gwangju 2015.
Irene Tae spoke fluent English, and captured the audience with appealing presentation.
In addition, 16 members of Kukkiwon Taekwondo Demonstration Team, a top traditional demonstration team, demonstrated a spectacular high level demonstrations to receive applauses from the participants.
Kukkiwon is planning to actively participate in numerous international events to promote the brand Kukkiwon and Taekwondo, using this event as the starting point.
Meanwhile, AIPS Congress is the ¡®Olympics of Sports Journalists¡¯, boasting the biggest scale of all the world¡¯s sports media events.
This is the 3rd Congress to be held in Korea, and this year¡¯s Congress is a monumental event, which marks the 80th anniversary since the foundation of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS), and thus is receiving more attention than any other previous congresses.