|[ Notice ] Statement on the Designation of Taekwondo as a National Sport|
Statement on the Designation of Taekwondo as a National Sport
To the esteemed members of the worldwide Taekwondo family!
On this past March 30th, we were blessed with wonderful news.
We received news that Taekwondo had been officially designated as the ¡®National Sport¡¯ of Korea.
This was due to passing of the ¡®Act on the Promotion of Taekwondo and Creation of Taekwondo Park (hereinafter referred to as the ¡°Taekwondo Act¡±) Partially Revised Legislative Bill¡¯, jointly proposed by 225 members of the National Assembly under the representation of Mr. Lee Dongsup, in the general meeting (358th session, 1st plenary).
In the Taekwondo Act, the phrase ¡°Taekwondo must be the national sport of Korea¡± is newly created and stated, thus preparing a firm legal ground that Taekwondo could instill national dignity and pride as a martial arts symbolizing both Korea and its national culture.
As the originator of the Korean Wave, Taekwondo grew into the representative cultural content of Korea, and over 100 million people around the world have overcome nationalities, religion, ethnicity, and ideological differences to interact with one another through Taekwondo.
First chosen as an Olympic sport in the 103rd IOC Session held in Paris, France on September 4th, 1994, Taekwondo has successfully maintained its position as an Olympic sport for 7 consecutive Olympic Games, from the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney to the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.
Furthermore, the selection and continued status of Taekwondo as an Olympic sport has contributed greatly to world peace.
Thus, Taekwondo¡¯s explosive growth and development solidified its position as Korea¡¯s representative martial art and sport in the minds of people all over the world. Yet, at the same time, it is also true that there were insufficient grounds for Taekwondo to be acknowledged as a ¡®national sport¡¯ in Korea, its native home.
To this day, public perception has long believed Korea¡¯s national sport to be Taekwondo. However, with the exception of former President Park Chung-hee, who proclaimed ¡®Kukki Taekwondo¡¯ (National Sport Taekwondo) in writing on March 20th, 1971, there were difficulties in clearly declaring Taekwondo a ¡®national sport.¡¯
However, the recent revisions to the Taekwondo Act have provided the legal basis for Taekwondo to be recognized as Korea¡¯s national sport, allowing it to spread its wings and soar even higher above.
Kukkiwon, the World Taekwondo Headquarters and the pivot of the global Taekwondo family, will work tirelessly and ceaselessly to maintain and inherit the tradition of Taekwondo while at the same time helping it takes root all over the world.
Finally, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to members of the Taekwondo family around the world who continue to love and take faith in Taekwondo, as well as Mr. Lee Dongsup and the other members of the National Assembly who gathered as one under the non-partisan goal of raising Taekwondo to the status of Korea¡¯s national sport.
With the encouragement and support of Taekwondo practitioners around the world, Kukkiwon will strive even further to open up a bright future for Taekwondo.
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