We celebrate Taekwondo Day on September Fourth to mark the day when Taekwondo was officially adopted as an Olympic discipline in 1994. It became a nationally designated holiday in South Korea in 2008 under a presidential decree.
With more than 2000 years of history, the traditional Korean martial art has become a globally practiced discipline over the past few decades.
Today we explore this journey and also discuss how atheletes have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic this year.
For this we are joined by Seo Jeong-kang, Senior Director of Member Relations & Development at World Taekwondo.
We also connect with Mahama Cho in London, Taekwondo Olympian and World Silver Medalist who represents Great Britain.
1. Director Seo. We're marking the 26th year of Taekwondo being enjoyed globally. Over the years, how has the traditional Korean martial art progressed in the sports community?
2. Taekwondo is not as popular as football or tennis in the UK and Europe. Can you tell us more about how Taekwondo is received in the UK?
3. You played football and even trialled with Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club. As a former football player, what inspired you to learn Taekwondo?
4. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many international sports events were canceled or postponed including the Tokyo Olympics. What is the international sports community, including the Taekwondo federation, doing to support athletes?
5. COVID-19 has forced athletes around the world take a break from training. How has the pandemic affected your performance and what keeps you motivated?
6. We often forget that Taekwondo is an official sport in the Paralympics. Since being included on the Tokyo 2020 program, which will include Para-Taekwondo for limb deficiency athletes and wheelchair athletes. What should we look forward to seeing in the Paralympics next year?
7. The Taekwondo federation is also working to include athletes with intellectual disabilities or neurological impairments. Can you tell us more about the developments and share what the Taekwondo community is doing to be more inclusive?
8. Do you have a message for your fellow Taekwondo practicioners and followers amid this pandemic?
9. As a sport that trains both the mind and body, Taekwondo has a positive impact on social development and the Taekwondo federation is also working on developing ‘sport for social development’ programs that embraces the values of Taekwondo. Can you tell us more about that?
That was Seo Jeong-kang, Senior Director of Member Relations & Development at World Taekwondo and Mahama Cho in London, Taekwondo Olympian and World Silver Medalist who represents Great Britain.
Thank you for joining us today.