Update : Monday, October 16, 2017
“Taiwan hold the 2018 Grand Prix and Poomsae Championships to revive Taekwondo”[Interview - AN-CHIN HSU, President of Taiwan Taekwondo Association]
  • Taipei=Kim Chang Wan
  • Approval 2017.09.02 12:34
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An-Chin Hsu(President of Taiwan Taekwondo Association) is brimming with confidence by spearheading the 2017 World Summer Universiade in Taiwan from August 19th to 30th(Taekwondo 20th~ 26th).

By successfully hosting the 2017 Universiade in Taipei, he is certain that Taiwan's successive events, 2018 World Taekwondo Grand Prix and 2018 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championship will be the best championship ever.

His relationship with Taekwondo began at the 1999 World Taekwondo Championship in Canada as a head of Taekwondo national team. He was fascinated by the specificity of Taekwondo which put a stress on manners and respect their elders.

He is known as forceful man throughout Sports fields. The interview went smoothly because of his brilliant talk.

The interview was carried at the Taoyuan Arena which was held Taekwondo events.

AN-CHIN HSU, President of Taiwan Taekwondo Association.

Q. Congratulations on winning a member of the executive committee at the World Taekwondo Federation(WTF)'s general meeting in Jun last. Is this commissioner position effect on Taekwondo flourish?
▲ Of course, it is. The position can give positive effect on Taiwan Taekwondo by working at World Taekwondo Federation as President of Taiwan Taekwondo Association. Furthermore, the executive committee has a heavy responsibility for various issues such as federation’s policy and project by promoting and persuading both Taiwan and World Taekwondo Federation. This position made me work twice as hard to promote our Taekwondo throughout the world.

Q. When you begin to work for a Taiwan Taekwondo Association, and would you like to hold office again?
▲ I was elected President of Taiwan Taekwondo Association on May, 2011. I was a head of Taekwondo national team at the 1999 World Taekwondo Championship in Canada, and it was the beginning of my relationship with Taekwondo. This is a consecutive term and it is the first time to serve second term in history of Taiwan Taekwondo Association. Taekwondo is really attractive martial-art. If Taiwanese support me, I want to try again. However, it is prevented by the regulations of Taiwan Taekwondo to serve a third term. I will support and keep in touch with Taiwan Taekwondo association after finish, about 30-month later.

Q. What is the most rewarding work in Taiwan Taekwondo Association?
▲ Introduction of ‘Card system’ is the most worth work among other good works, such as holding big Taekwondo championships. More than 2 million people are doing Taekwondo in Taiwan, and It will increase exponentially. We needed systematic approach to operate our complicated Association. When put one’s card on the device, he is able to know every information, such as a referee grade, training date, and so on.

Q. Is there some reason why you decided to hold two major events, ‘2018 Taipai World Taekwondo Grand Prix’ and ’2018 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships’ in a row?
▲ When I would hold these two major events, some people could said, "How do you open these big championships?" and disagree with me. I really want to put Taiwan Taekwondo over the top once again. At the 2004 Athens Olympics, Taiwan won two gold medals. The entire country was frenzied. It was the heyday of Taiwan. Since then, Taiwan Taekwondo has been declining. I decided to open championships for Taiwan's better future in Taekwondo. I have another plan to hold ‘World Taekwondo Championships(Kyorugi).’

Taiwan National Team who hold the second rank in Team Kyorugi at Universiade.

Q. You are a businessman. Sometimes, the work of Taekwondo Association disrupts your business, isn’t it?
▲ That’s not true. I am in the entertainment and horse riding business with 100 horses. There is not big trouble because of our well-made perfect system. I am also a president of Taiwan Equestrian Federation. However, more than 80% of my life is making efforts to develop Taekwondo because I love it. Taekwondo is one of my family.

Q. Do you have a message for people in Taekwondo?
▲ Taekwondo is definitely different from other sports. People in volleyball, soccer, and baseball usually try to make opportunities themselves to interact with each other, after retiring from a player or coach. The relationship in Taekwondo is not easily broken. That's why I love Taekwondo. We should help and guide each other.Lastly, please support and cooperate with Taiwan’s two major Taekwondo events which will be held later in next year.

President An-Chin Hsu’s love for Taekwondo was impressed my heart during the interview.

The 2018 Taipai World Taekwondo Grand Prix and World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships will be attracted large crowds because of his enthusiasm for them.

His effort to hold two major Taekwondo events will increase the chance that Taiwan Taekwondo reach their second prime time. My experience and career in reporting Taekwondo have shown that Taiwan can make their world class Taekwondo player soon.

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