Update : Saturday, February 24, 2018
Ah-reum Lee to receive Tokyo Olympic scholarship from IOC“I'll do my best to compete in Tokyo Olympics.”

In the 2017 Muju World Taekwondo Championships, gold medalist Ah-reum Lee from Korea was nominated as a recipient of a scholarship to the Tokyo Olympics by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Ah-reum Lee(left) in the finals of the F -57kg at the Muju World Taekwondo.

On September 27, Korea Taekwondo Association (KTA) stated taekwondo national player, Ah-reum Lee, was selected as a recipient of a scholarship for the Olympic Solidarity (OS) Commission’s IOC scholarship program.

This program was designed to support candidates (who were chosen by the NOC), for the purpose of preparing and joining the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, selection by IOC-OS.

With this scholarship, Lee will get financial support for monthly living, athlete’s training, additional facilities for training, and traveling expenses for participation in Olympic qualification events.

Lee was the first recipient in taekwondo for this program, adding onto the list of 11 total recipients with shooter Jong-oh Jin, fencer Sang-young Park and wrestler Hyeon-woo Kim.

Lee, who had won a gold medal in the 2014 Asian Games, was named the most valuable player (MVP) in the 2017 Muju World Taekwondo Championships. She also won Silver in the 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade and Gold in the first Moscow 2017 World Taekwondo (WT) Grand Prix.

"I appreciated that Coach Jun Ham(Go-yang) and Coach Jong-Ki Kim (from the Korea national team) helped me be selected as a recipient of the IOC scholarship,” Lee said. “I’m honored to be the first athlete for the scholarship in taekwondo. I take this responsibility seriously, being that I am able to exercise the luxuries of the many benefits provided to me. I will do my best at the Tokyo Olympics to live up to expectations."

Furthermore, the purpose of Olympic Solidarity is to organize assistance to all the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), such as supporting major international events and athlete’s training, and developing administrations while supporting the participation of NOCs in Olympic Games, through multi-faceted programs.

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