Seoul, Korea, August 21, 2020: The global taekwondo family has joined forces to support the Lebanese Taekwondo Federation following the explosion in Beirut on August 4.
World governing body World Taekwondo, together with the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation, WT Council members Maher Magableh and Pascal Gentil and Taekwondo Asia, hosted a video call with the Lebanese federation under the direction of World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue.
During the call, LTF President Dr Habib Zarifeh noted that 10 taekwondo clubs in Beirut had been destroyed during the deadly explosion.
After the conference call, World Taekwondo decided to provide taekwondo equipment to the Lebanese Taekwondo Federation for distribution to the damaged taekwondo clubs at the earliest opportunity.
WT, in association with the Asia Development Foundation, have also decided to donate US$30,000 to the Lebanese federation to ensure taekwondo students and clubs continue to be involved in the sport.
WT and THF will launch a fundraising campaign for the “Great Champion Scholarship” created by President Choue to support the affected children in Lebanon.
President Choue also decided to waive the registration fees for all Lebanese athletes and coaches attending upcoming World Taekwondo competitions and online training courses until 2021.
President Choue said: “On behalf of the World Taekwondo family and the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation, I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to the residents of Beirut.
“During these most tragic circumstances, please be assured that World Taekwondo and its partners will do everything possible to provide support.”
LTF President Dr Habib Zarifeh added: “We are very proud to be a member of the taekwondo family during this very difficult time. I would like to personally thank President Choue, World Taekwondo and the Taekwondo Humanitarian Federation for discussing ways to help the Lebanese Taekwondo Federation.”