Thursday, September 18, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
By Kim Rahn
The son of the founder of the International Taekwon-do Federation (ITF), one of the two global taekwondo organizations, came to South Korea after living overseas for 34 years where he was allegedly involved in pro-North Korea activities. He claimed the North Korean authorities took the initiative of the martial arts group and sent spies overseas under the name of taekwondo masters. Choi Jung-hwa, 54, son of the late Choi Hong-hi who founded the federation, arrived at Incheon International Airport Monday.
His return to South Korea came after he expressed his will to come through the Korean embassy in Canada in June at the South Korean government's approval. Choi's father founded ITF in Seoul in 1966 with nine countries being the founding members. But the former general sought refuge in Canada in 1972 following discord with the then authoritarian Park Chung-hee administration, and the ITF's headquarters moved to Canada as well.
ITF has been developed with support from North Korea, and North Korean International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Chang Ung currently heads the federation. In 1973, South Korea established another taekwondo group, the World Taekwondo Federation, which later led to the adoption of taekwondo as an Olympic game. After his father's death in 2002, Choi concluded Chang took the ITF leadership through improper procedures, claiming the North Korean authorities used taekwondo for political purposes. He set up a separate ITF in Canada which he led.
``After taking control of the ITF, the North trained spies and sent them overseas, disguising them as taekwondo masters,'' Choi said in a media briefing at the airport. He also said that North Korea ordered overseas ITF masters, including himself, to assassinate former South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan. Choi said he plotted to assassinate Chun who was to visit Canada in 1982, but the Canadian police were alerted to the plan in advance and he fled to North Korea. He then moved to several Eastern European countries, and turned himself in to the Canadian police in 1991, serving a jail term. The authorities and the intelligence agency will investigate him for his alleged involvement in the assassination plan and pro-North Korean activities. He is likely to be indicted on espionage charges.
``I'll actively cooperate with the authorities,'' Choi said. He also said he wants to meet Chun to apologize, and lawmaker Park Geun-hye, daughter of former President Park, to settle the feud of the previous generation.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
The Top 10 Contingents (Total 24 contingents) :-
1. Kedah B (Kulim) : 6 Gold - 1 Silver - 5 Bronze
2. TERENGGANU: 5 Gold - 1 Silver - 2 Bronze
3. Kedah A : 4 Gold - 4 Silver - 1 Bronze
4. Sabah : 3 Gold - 2 Silver - 2 Bronze
5. Pulau Pinang B : 2 Gold - 4 Silver - 1 Bronze
6. Melaka : 2 Gold - 3 Silver - 2 Bronze
7. Wilayah B : 1 Gold - 3 Silver - 1 Bronze
8. Negeri 9 : 1 Gold - 0 Silver - 2 Bronze
9. China B : 1 Gold - 0 Silver - 0 Bronze
10. Kelantan A : 0Gold - 1 Silver - 2 Bronze
Terengganu's 5 Gold from:-
1. Nasirewan - Men 1st Dan Ind. Pattern
2. Nasree - Men 3rd Dan Ind. Pattern
3. Nasree - Men Lightweight Free Sparring
4. Putri - Women Microweight Free Sparring
5. Men Team Free Sparring
Terengganu's 1 Silver from:-
1. Nasirewan - Men Midleweight Free Sparring
Terengganu's 2 Bronze from:-
1. Hj.Saiful - Men 4th Dan Ind. Pattern
2. Aizuddin - Men Microweight Free Sparring
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Tuesday, September 2, 2008
|August 31, 2008 21:24 PM|| |
Ismail Sabri To Solve Taekwondo Quandary
SHAH ALAM, Aug 31 (Bernama) -- Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob plans to meet all three taekwondo associations in the country to solve ongoing problems besetting the associations and among them.
"I am in the midst of solving the problems which have affected our participation in sports events like the recent Beijing Olympics," he told reporters after presenting prizes to the winners of the National Invitation Taekwondo Global Malaysia 2008 here Sunday.
He was commenting on a proposal by the Malaysian Global Taekwondo Federation (MGTF) for the formation of a federation encompassing the three taekwondo bodies as a solution to the problem.
Malaysia was represented by two women taekwondo exponents, Elaine Teoh and Che Chew Chan, at the recently concluded Beijing Olympics but neither delivered any medal.
Ismail Sabri said he hoped that the problems affecting the MGTF and the two other associations, the Malaysian Taekwondo Association and the Malaysian ITF Taekwondo Federation, could be solved quickly to enable taekwando to be included in the Malaysia Games in Melaka in 2010.
The Sukma committee had decided to exclude taekwondo from the biennial games, he added.
"Taekwondo used to glorify the country's image in the international arena. Despite the problem, we still managed to send our exponents to the Beijing Olympics," he said.
In the National Invitation Taekwondo Global Malaysia 2008, Kedah B Kulim emerged overall champions to lift the Yang di-Pertuan Agong trophy.
Twenty-one teams from Singapore, China and Malaysia took part in the three-day inaugural tournament.
|31 Ogos, 2008 20:27 PM|| |
Ismail Sabri Akan Jumpa Persatuan Taekwondo Selesai Masalah
SHAH ALAM, 31 Ogos (Bernama) -- Menteri Belia dan Sukan Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob akan berjumpa dengan ketiga-tiga persatuan taekwondo di Malaysia bagi menyelesaikan masalah dalaman masing-masing dan yang melibatkan sesama mereka.
"Saya memang dalam proses untuk menyelesaikan masalah yang ada dalam sukan taekwondo yang mempunyai tiga persatuan. Saya turut dimaklumkan seperti dalam Olimpik (Beijing) baru-baru ini, turut timbul (masalah) pasal persatuan," katanya kepada para pemberita selepas menyampaikan hadiah kepada pemenang Kejohanan Taekwon-Do Global Malaysia 2008 Jemputan peringkat Kebangsaan di sini Ahad.
Jawatankuasa Tertinggi Sukan Malaysia (SUKMA) sebelum ini turut memutuskan untuk tidak mempertandingkan acara taekwondo pada Sukma 2010 di Melaka, ekoran masalah berlarutan yang dihadapi persatuan taekwondo.
Pada Olimpik Beijing, Malaysia menghantar dua atlet taekwondo wanita iaitu Elaine Teoh dan Che Chew Chan yang gagal membawa balik sebarang pingat.
"Daripada segi sejarah, taekwondo pernah menaikkan nama negara dalam arena antarabangsa. Tahun ini kita masih menghantar atlet taekwondo kita ke Olimpik walaupun ada masalah," kata Ismail Sabri.
Beliau berharap Malaysian Global Taekwondo Federation, Malaysian Taekwondo Association dan Malaysian ITF Taekwondo Federation dapat menyelesaikan segera masalah mereka supaya sukan tersebut boleh dipertandingkan semula dalam Sukma di Melaka.
Beliau juga berkata beliau akan berbincang dengan persatuan taekwondo berhubung cadangan untuk menubuhkan satu badan yang menaungi ketiga-tiga persatuan tersebut supaya pemilihan atlet terbaik bagi mewakili Malaysia dapat dilakukan dengan lebih berkesan dan tidak hanya dibuat oleh sebuah persatuan sahaja.