|[ Etc ] ¡®The Day of Designation of Taekwondo as the National Sport¡¯¡¦The First Ceremony in Kukkiwon|
In commemoration of the official designation of Taekwondo as the national sport of Korea by the law, Kukkiwon hosted the ¡®Ceremony of Designation of Taekwondo as the National Sport¡¯ (hereinafter referred to as the ¡°Ceremony¡±).
The Ceremony, held at 2PM on Tuesday, March 30, was attended by members of the Taekwondo society including Chungwon Choue, the President of World Taekwondo (WT); Yang Jin-bang, the President of Korea Taekwondo Association; Jang Yong-kap, the Acting Chairman of the Board of Taekwondo Promotion Foundation; Myeong Jae-seon, the Chairman of the Board of a member of the National Assembly Taekwondo Federation; senior members; directors of Kukkiwon; Presidents of National Metropolitan Taekwondo Association and also about 50 key figures including Hwang Hee, the Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism (MCST); An Minsuk, the member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea (Chairman of the Culture, Sports, and Tourism Committee of the 20th National Assembly); Kim Kyunghyup, the member of the National Assembly (Chairman of Intelligence Committee of the 21st National Assembly); Hong Moonpyo, the National Assembly member (President of the Member of the National Assembly Taekwondo Federation); Lee Myoungsu, the member of National Assembly; Jeong Un-cheon, the member of the National Assembly; and Kwak Young Hoon, the President of World Citizens Organization.
Following the government¡¯s guidance on social distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Ceremony limited the number of attendees to the minimum.
The Ceremony was prepared to mark the 3rd anniversary of the passing of the ACT ON THE PROMOTION OF TAEKWONDO AND CREATION OF TAEKWONDO PARK, which recognizes Taekwondo as South Korea???s national sport. The bill was passed on March 30, 2018, at the first plenary session of the 358th Provisional Assembly.
Events had been held in the past to celebrate the designation of Taekwondo as a national sport, such as the Guinness World Record Attempt at the central lawn plaza of the National Assembly and commemorative tree planting. However, this Ceremony was the first official ceremony held by Kukkiwon on the same date that the bill was passed.
Starting with report on the progress and history of Taekwondo¡¯s designation as Korea¡¯s national sport, the Ceremony went on with the screening of a commemorative video, the welcoming address, commemorative remarks, congratulatory messages, and celebrative demonstration by Kukkiwon Taekwondo Demonstration Team, and the unveiling of the monument.
In his welcoming address, Kukkiwon Chairman of the Board Jeon Kab-kil emphasized, ¡°I sincerely welcome everyone to Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters to attend the Ceremony to celebrate the designation of Taekwondo as the national sport. Taekwondo¡¯ s status has been elevated since the bill designating Taekwondo as our country¡¯s national sport was passed at the Plenary Session by lawmakers. Taking this opportunity, I¡¯d like to send my gratitude to all lawmakers who sponsored the bill, including Kukkiwon President Lee Dong-sup. Let¡¯s pull ourselves together to keep advancing Taekwondo to be the world-leading martial art and sport, befitting its stature.¡±
In a following commemorative address by Kukkiwon President Lee Dong-sup, he said, ¡°It is very meaningful to mark today as the 3rd anniversary of the lawful basis for Taekwondo to be the national sport of Korea. I¡¯d like to thank you all for your active legislative efforts and generous support. My mind is full of commitment and will to make Kukkiwon a beautiful sacred site for Taekwondo. With heavy responsibilities, I will never disappoint you but push myself ahead with efforts to usher in a brighter future of Taekwondo.¡±
In his congratulatory address, Hwang Hee, the Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism (MCST) remarked, ???March 30 is a significant day commemorating the passing of the act stating that Taekwondo is South Korea???s national sport. I¡¯d like to express gratitude to 225 lawmakers who signed the bill for their insights and hard work. I???m also proud of being one of those 225 policy makers. The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism promises to support and join efforts so that the anniversary of designation becomes more meaningful year after year¡±.
Many joined in to give their congratulatory messages ¡ª World Taekwondo (WT) President Chungwon Choue; Korea Taekwondo Association President Yang Jin-bang; Acting Chairman of the Board of Taekwondo Promotion Foundation Jang Yong-kap; and lawmakers An Minsuk, Kim Kyunghyup, and Hong Moonpyo.
In particular, Park Byeong-seug, Speaker of the National Assembly sent a video to deliver his congratulations, in which he said, ¡°I congratulate you on the opening of the Ceremony. Indeed, Taekwondo is the proud national sport of Korea. I expect Taekwondo community to lead the Korean Wave and promote world peace, elevating the pride of Korean people. I wish the growth of Kukkiwon and the success of global Taekwondo family¡±.
Following the congratulatory addresses by prominent guests, Kukkiwon Taekwondo Demonstration Team performed demonstrations.
The Team demonstrated spectacular and highly sophisticated movements, once again reminding everyone of the significance of the Ceremony. At the end of the demonstration, the Team unrolled a banner with words ¡®National Sport Taekwondo¡¯ written on it to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of designation of Taekwondo as a national sport which brightened up the atmosphere.
After the demonstration, the Ceremony was moved to the front of the west entrance of Kukkiwon for the monument-unveiling.
The word ¡®Kukki Taekwondo¡¯ (National Sport Taekwondo) are engraved in Korean on the monument, 260cm-wide and 230cm-long.
On the front side of the monument is a statement that reads ¡°In Commemoration of the Designation of Taekwondo as Korea¡¯s National Sport¡¯, Erected to remember the day that Taekwondo was designated as Korea¡¯s national sport on March 30, 2018¡±. The names of lawmakers who jointly sponsored the bill of designating Taekwondo as the national sport are engraved on the back.
The Ceremony reached its climax when the prominent guests removed the white cloth covering the monument at the emcee¡¯s signal.
With the erection of the Monument in Commemoration of the Designation of Taekwondo as the National Sport¡¯, there are now four monuments in Kukkiwon park, respectively for ¡âhe first World Taekwondo Championships (May 25-27, 1973) and the establishment of World Taekwondo (May 28, 1973); ¡âTaekwondo being selected a demonstration sport of Games of the XXIV Olympiad Seoul 1988; a sport of 10th Asian Games Seoul 1986; a sport of X Pan American Games 1987 (June 6, 1985); and ¡âbecoming an official sport at the Games of the XXIV Olympiad Sydney 2000 (September 4, 1995).