Taekwondo Poomsae to be Included in Official Program of Belgrade Universiade 2009
“I make an official promise that poomsae will be on the official program of the 2009 Belgrade Universiade along with kyorugi,” said Dr. Sinisa Jasnic, vice president of the Organizing Committee of the 2009 Belgrade Universiade.
The 25th Summer Universiade is scheduled for July 1-12, 2009, in Belgrade, Serbia, and taekwondo kyorugi competition is set for July 1-5.
Mr. Jasnic, who also serves as general director of the Unversiade Belgrade 2009, said, “To realize that, we agreed to sign the official contract in May this year in Belgrade between the WTF and the Organizing Committee.”
Mr. Jasnic and WTF Secretary General Jin Suk Yang had a meeting on the poomsae issue at the headquarters of the WTF in Seoul.
The idea of putting poomsae (fixed movements of taekwondo or form) on the 2009 Belgrade Universiade program was first proposed at the 2nd International Taekwondo Symposisum in October 2007 at the University of California, Berkeley, the United States. The symposium was cohosted by the UC Berkeley and the Taekwondo Promotion Foundation in Korea.
“During the seminar, Dr. Ken Min, co-chairman of the Organizing Committee of the symposium, proposed the idea to include poomsae on the program of the 2009 Universiade, and FISU President George Killian and I accepted this idea,” said Mr. Jasnic.
To further promote taekwondo, the WTF launched the inaugural WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Seoul in 2006 and the second poomsae championships in Incheon, Korea, in 2007.
Mr. Jasnic, who also serves as an assessor of the Executive Committee of the FISU (International Univeristy Sports Federation), arrived in Korea on Feb. 23 for a four-day visit on his way to Harbin, China for a FISU Executive Committee meeting scheduled for Feb. 27-March 1.
“Given taekwondo’s high popularity,” he said, “taekwondo will be a compulsory sport of the Universiade in the near future, and I hope in 2013 and afterwards.”
Since the 2003 Summer Universiade in Daegu, Korea, taekwondo has been adopted as an optional sport at Summer Universiades, including the 2005 Ismir, Turkey, Universiade and the 2007 Bangkok Universiade.
Mr. Jasnic said that “Compared with the taekwondo competition at the 2003 Daegu Universidae, taekwondo has greatly developed, and in the near future taekwondo will be the leading sport to the student population.”
“Taekwondo is one of the most successful sports at the Universiades and we have seen a continued increase in taekwondo activities, especially at the Bangkok Universiade. It is a fact that taekwondo is becoming very very popular among student population.”
Besides the 2009 Universiade, Belgrade is host to the 10th World Unversity Taekwondo Championships on July 16-20 this year.
Expressing great satisfaction with cooperation with the WTF, Mr. Jasnic, who works as chairman of the CTI World University Championships, asked for WTF support for technical matters for the success of the upcoming World University Taekwondo Championships and the 2009 Belgrade Universiade.
“Our cooperative relationship is really excellent and I appreciate all the support from the WTF,” said Mr. Jasnic, who arrived in December 2006 to sign a collaboration convention between the WTF and the FISU.