Tuesday, 23 July, 2024

Meeting WTF Founding President

Dr Kim Un-Yong, founding President of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) and former Vice-President of International Olympic Committee, was in Singapore for a short holiday. He was responsible for the elevation of the status of taekwondo as an Olympic sport.

The Singapore Taekwondo Federation (STF) hosted a dinner on Wednesday 4 July 2012 at Beng Hiang Restaurant in his honor to show its appreciation to Dr Kim for his contributions to the development of taekwondo in Singapore during his watch as WTF and Kukkiwon President.

In particular, through the recommendation of Dr Kim, the WTF sponsored the Singapore team in 1978 for the Pre-World Games. He had also offered invaluable ideas for the propagation of the sport whenever he had opportunities to meet with local officials.

At the dinner, which was also attended by HE Mr Oh Joon (Ambassador for the Republic of Korea), Dr Kim impressed everyone with his sharp wits, profound knowledge of taekwondo history and updated information of the sport. Most of all, they were awestruck by Dr Kim’s wisdom.

Seated (From left):  Mrs Oh Joon, Ambassador Oh Joon, Dr Kim Un-Yong, Mrs Kim Un-Yong & Mrs Milan Kwee
Standing (From right): Mr Albert Kim & Mr Milan Kwee

Before Dr Kim and HE Oh Joon and their spouses called it a night, STF President, Mr Milan Kwee, thanked them for attending the dinner and making the evening a memorable and interesting one.

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