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The global Taekwondo family is in mourning following news that the founder of Turkish Taekwondo Federaton Ismat Iraz passed away, at the age of 81 years old.


The father of Turkish Taekwondo, as he was called, Ismat Iraz, died today 14/11/2017, morning (08:55 ) in Ankara, Turkey at the Ibn Sina University Hospital and his funeral will be held tomorrow.


“The condolences of the WTE go to the family of Ismat Iraz, and to the members of the Turkish Taekwondo Federation,” stated the WTE President Sakis Pragalos.


“Ismat Iraz was one of the greatest Taekwondo personalities, and he will be greatly missed”, said the WTE Secretary-General Michail Fysentzidis.


Ismat Iraz was born in 1936 in Ankara, Turkey and was a Taekwondo practitioner in Korea, where he lived for a long time and afterwards he went back to Turkey in order to teach the sport of Taekwondo.  He was the founder of Turkish Taekwondo Federation and also served the sport as an athlete, coach and head coach of Turkish National Team from 1970 until 1990.



He will be missed by the Taekwondo family, which is thankful for everything he offered to the sport all these years in all levels. Our hearts and minds go to the family of Ismat Iraz.

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