Mr Milan Kwee, President of Singapore Taekwondo Federation (STF) met HRH Tunku Tan Sri Imran, Taekwondo Malaysia (TM), on 11 January 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Although it was the first time they met, they were very comfortable with each other as they exchanged good-natured banter almost immediately after they were introduced to each other.
The occasion: Presidential Dinner hosted by TM in honor of Dr Choue Chungwon, President of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF).
Dr Choue was in Malaysia on the invitation of TM President to discuss on the development of taekwondo in the country. It was revealed that TM, the national governing body for taekwondo in Malaysia, had a huge following of 260,000 members and aimed to hit the 1 million mark in a couple of years.
After meeting the TM Executive Board in the morning, Dr Choue had lunch with both STF President, who is also a Council Member of the WTF, and TM President. During lunch, they discussed, among other things, the future of the sport. Dr Choue pointed out that the WTF was looking into further changes in the rules to make the sport even more appealing.
All the three Presidents had one common wish – that is for the sport to be in the list of core Olympic sports when the International Olympic Committee makes the announcement later this year.