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WT President joins Foundation Board member of Olympic Refuge FoundationIOC President Thomas Bach serves as Chair…Board holds Inaugural Meeting

World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue was appointed as a Foundation Board member of the Olympic Refuge Foundation.

World Taekwondo (WT), which has led sport fields to contribute to the social development, began to work closely with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in the same direction, and WT President Choue is expected to be gaining more stature in the IOC.

Yiech Pur Biel, Zaiqing Yu, Filippo Grandi, Thomas Bach, HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al-Thani, and President Chungwon Choue(from left)

The inaugural Board meeting of the newly created Olympic Refuge Foundation, which has launched at the previous IOC Session in Lima, was held in Lausanne, Switzerland on 8 December(local time).

"The foundation was made to create safe, basic and accessible sports facilities in areas where there are refugees, a displaced migrant population and internally displaced people." President Thomas Bach said at the previous IOC Session in Lima, Peru.

The meeting was chaired by IOC President Thomas Bach, Chair of the Foundation Board, with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, serving as Vice-Chair.

Five Foundation Board members were named, including Chungwon Choue, President of World Taekwondo; Mr. Zaiqing Yu, IOC Vice-President; H.E. Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al-Thani, President of the Qatar Olympic Committee; and Mr. Yiech Pur Biel, Athlete Member of the Refugee Olympic Team Rio 2016 at the meeting.

IOC deputy director-general Pere Miro was appointed as Secretary General, and Lawyer Christophe De Kepper was named as one of the chargers in the foundation.

During the meeting, the Board determined the objectives of the foundation and scope of the activities and discussed the importance and location of the first pilot project regarding sports facilitates in youth, children, and disadvantaged communities. IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge was also appointed as Honorary Member of the Foundation.

The IOC accepted President Choue's proposal on creation of Youth Olympic Refugee Team for Buenos 2018 Youth Olympic Games. It will be discussed at the next IOC Session in Pyeongchang.

The Foundation, already pledged by the Qatar Olympic Committee and the Liechtenstein government, plans to raise funds from Olympic partners, government agencies and individuals.

The Olympic Refuge Foundation was able to give hope to children and young refugees, who struggling with adversity to achieve their dreams, initiating sport-related activities

During the meeting, World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue said:
“I am delighted to have an opportunity to contribute to this foundation on the perspective of International Federation," "I will bring first-hand experience to the role having served as the founding President of the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation(THF) since 2016 and use it to contribute to a better and more harmonious society."

WT's World Taekwondo Cares Program (WTCP) and its Switzerland-based charity initiative Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF) have been active helpers of refugee camps and natural disaster areas in the world.

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