In the early 1960s, the dream of making Taekwondo into a national sport, as well as a martial art form, began to be realized. In January 1971, Dr. Un Yong Kim was elected president of the Korean Taekwondo Association. Under his leadership, in 1973, the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) was organized to promote Taekwondo on an international level. In 1975, the WTF became an affiliate of the General Assembly of the International Sports Federation. In 1980 the WTF was recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the official international governing body for Taekwondo in the world.
The WTF is an international federation consisting of 177 nations and the global Taekwondo population is estimated at about 50 million. The WTF organizes international competitions such as World Taekwondo Championships, World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships, and World Junior Taekwondo Championships. A new event, World Taekwondo Poomse Championships will also be launched soon.
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