The International Taekwondo Federation decorated the Opening Ceremony of the 2017 Muju World Taekwondo Championships.
President Jae-in Moon, who had attended this very event, said “WTF and ITF become one here, South and North become one, and world to become one,” as he welcomed the ITF Demonstration Team.
On June 24 at 4 pm, WTF and ITF demonstration teams consecutively performed on the stage in marking a monumental history at the Opening Ceremony of the 2017 Muju WTF World Taekwondo Championships in T1 Arena, Taekwondowon.
Last June 23, the ITF Demonstration Team and IOC Member Ung Chang who had performed at the 2015 Chelyabinsk World Taekwondo Championships, performed on stage to receive warm cheers from the audience.
Having made a wonderful performance for 30 minutes, the ITF Demonstration Team received a wide attention with its self-defense and powerful board breaking. Women’s self-defense and 10cm thick board breaking, especially, were the focus as they are the characteristics of the ITF demonstration.
Especially, there was an impression when the audience cheered for the member of the ITF Demonstration Team who was attempting to make a 10cm thick board breaking.
Consecutive powerful board breaking led to the repeated clapping and cheering.
The ITF’s demonstration at the Opening Ceremony is significant as it is the first Korean exchange through sport since the new administration. President Moon expressed his message of peace through his congratulatory address, “I expect the WTF Demonstration Team’s visit in planning to the event in Pyeongyang this September hosted by the ITF will be a success.”
The WTF’s visit to Pyeongyang for the 20th ITF Taekwon-Do World Championships in September was a success in progress as a result of the ITF Demonstration Team’s visit.
Meanwhile, ITF Demonstration Team plans on visiting Jeonju, Kyunghee Unviersity and WTF Headquarters. It will perform at Kukkiwon on June 28.
Furthermore, it will return to Beijing on July 1 after its attendance in the 2017 Muju WTF World Taekwondo Championships on June 30.
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