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UNHCR High Commissioner awarded WT’s 8th degree honorary black belt“Taekwondo brings great benefits to children and young refugees”

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR Filippo Grandi was awarded 8th degree honorary black belt rank in the combat sport of taekwondo.

Filippo Grandi, who heads the UNHCR, visited the World Taekwondo(WT)’s Seoul headquarters on November 22 during his three-day visit to Korea.

WT’s Chungwon Choue awards UNHCR’s Filippo Grandi 8th degree honorary black belt rank.

UNHCR’s High Commissioner Grandi, who visited Korea for the first time since his inauguration as UNHCR’s high commissioner in 2016, has been involved in international cooperation for more than 30 years focusing on refugee and humanitarian activities.

He discussed with WT President Chungwon Choue on refugees in the world. He expressed his thanks to WT for its active help, supporting ‘the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation(THF)’, which was officially launched in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2016.

"We are grateful for the efforts of UNHCR leading relief work for refugees. UNHCR granted us access to the refugee camps, and have assisted with the management of our programs within the camps,” Choue said. "It is worthwhile to help the children and youth of refugees to rebuilt their lives through Taekwondo.”

“For refugees, uprooted from their homes and countries, sport helps provide focus and stability as they strive to rebuild their lives. It also proves a common language that helps build connections with local communities. Taekwondo has brought immeasurable benefits to many children and young refugees and is an economical and sustainable sport that has an important impact on the well-being of refugee communities,” Grandi responded.

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