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During the joint WT-ITF joint demonstration one more special event was realized, recalling great memories of Taekwondo prior to its inclusion in the Olympic Games.

WT Council Members Prof. Kuk Hyun Jung and Mr. Metin Sahin had a re-match after 34 years. The two taekwondo fighters at that time had competed at the final of the WT World Championships in 1985, the 7th edition of the World Taekwondo Championships, which were held in Seoul, South Korea, from September 4 to September 8, 1985, at the Jamsil Arena. 

Along with Patrice Remarchk from Ivory Coast and Jay Warwick from the United States were the top 4 in their division (-76kg) out of the 280 contestants from 63 participating nations, all male, as women were not competing in the world championships until 1987. Born in 1962 and 1963 respectively, Prof. Kuk Hyun Jung and Dr. Metin Şahin have been forming the progress of the sport since their early athletic career.

In 1982, Dr. Metin Şahin became Turkish champion and was selected to the national team the next year. He served several years as the captain of the national team. Between 1984 and 1994, he competed at world and European championships and represented Turkey at two Pre-Olympic Games. In 1995, 1986 and 1991 he was honored "Sportsperson of the Year" by the Turkish media. He serves as the President of the Turkish Taekwondo Federation since 2003, after being active in the sport since 1975 and contributing to widespread the sport of Taekwondo throughout Turkey. Since August 2004, he became a board member of the World Taekwondo, while the next year, he was re-elected to the board, and was appointed chairman of the youth commission of the WTF. In October 2007, he was elected to the board of World Taekwondo Europe, where he currently holds the position of Vice-President.

 

Prof. Kuk Hyun Jung made history by becoming the first person to win 4 World Titles as well as a gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games. His highest honor came in 2011 when he was inducted into the TAEKWONDO HALL OF FAME® in an historic ceremony held for the first time in Korea, while in June 18, 2014, the Taekwondo Hall of Fame which is based in the USA recognized worldwide Professor Kook Hyun Jung as Korea’s all-time Best Taekwondo Player. His induction into the Taekwondo Hall of Fame was the highest honor he could receive in the world of sports, while one year la he made his debut as the new committee chairman at the 2015 World Taekwondo Grand Prix Series 1 in Moscow, Russia in August.

 

정국현총장(왼쪽)과 메틴사힌

This re-match of these two remarkable Taekwondo personalities breathes out the merit of the sport and illustrates that taekwondo is a way of life for the generations to anchor and build upon. Beyond competition and trophies, the values of taekwondo, closely related to the Olympic values, promote peace posterity. This is the landmark that the WT-ITF joint event highlighted and Prof. Kuk Hyun Jung and Mr. Metin Sahin re-match is a prime illustration of the principles of the sport and its people.

 

 

 

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