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WTF president's attachment to China

08-16-2011 15:09 BJT

SHENZHEN, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- 64-year-old Choue Chungwon, president of World Taekwondo Federation, had a 22-year special attachment on China, since his first visit to the neighbour country in 1989.

"China is my second home," said the South Korean native. "I have been to China for more than 50 times."

"Choue" pronounced "Zhao" in Chinese, and it was the Chinese King's family name in Song Dynasty, so Choue believed his ancestors were from China.

"I have been to many different places like Xi'an, Guilin, Guanzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Changchun and Yanji," he added.

Choue majored in International Politics in University, getting his masters degree in the United States and PHD degree in Belgium.

When he was president of Kyunghee University, Choue developed tight links with many Chinese Universities. After becoming the WTF, he helped to promote taekwondo in China.

"China already has 2 million taekwondo participants," said Choue.

"China is very strong in taekwondo, especially female athletes, they are doing very well. I don't know why the Chinese females are so good at the sports," added him.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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