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Double Olympic taekwondo champion Wu stands for athletes’ committee election

Date : 18 Apr 2019

Beijing, China, April 18, 2019: China’s two-time Olympic taekwondo champion Wu Jingyu is standing for election to the Athletes’ Committee of World Taekwondo.

Wu, who is Vice President of the Chinese Taekwondo Association and is training for a fourth Olympic Games appearance at Tokyo 2020, is one of 11 candidates for four positions to be elected by fellow athletes for the term 2019-2023.

The list also includes Yap Khim Wen of Malaysia and Najia Rasool of Pakistan.

Wu, 32, is known as “Super Kicker” by her fan club. She won Olympic gold for the first time at Beijing 2008 and followed up at London 2012. However, her dreams of a golden hat trick were dashed at Rio 2016 when she suffered two defeats and missed out on the podium.

Since then she has become a mother, giving birth to her daughter in July 2017, and also attended the Olympic Council of Asia’s Asian Athletes’ Forum in Tokyo last November representing the Chinese Olympic Committee.

Inside The Games reports that World Taekwondo opened applications for the Athletes’ Committee in February. Four members are set to be elected by their fellow athletes and World Taekwondo President Choue Chungwon can appoint up to two additional members.

Under the rules, no more than one athlete per country may be elected and male and female athletes must both be represented.

In 2021, the newly elected four members will automatically become candidates for the Athletes’ Committee’s next chairpersons, who shall sit as ex-officio members of the World Taekwondo Council.

The current chairpersons are Pascal Gentil of France and Nadin Dawani of Jordan.

The elections are due to take place during the World Taekwondo Championships in Manchester from May 14 to 18.

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