The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) today celebrated the United Nations (UN) International Day of Peace - and used the occasion to reiterate the important role the sport can play in promoting peace around the world.
Last year, WTF President Chungwon Choue marked the Day of Peace by announcing the launch of the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF) in an address at the UN headquarters in New York.
The THF was launched with the purpose of "harnessing the power of taekwondo to promote physical fitness, respect and understanding in refugee camps worldwide" and has since been spread to countries such as Jordan, Turkey and Nepal.
Studies are also being carried out to launch THF projects in other countries across the world, with the project already inspiring hope and installing core taekwondo values and Olympism in the participants.
"The UN International Day of Peace is a very important day as it reminds us of what truly matters," said Choue.
"It is a day which is very close to my heart as my father played a key role in founding the first International Day of Peace in 1981.
"Growing up, he taught me what a vital role sport can have in creating a more peaceful world.
"At the WTF we are committed to fulfilling our social responsibility and maximising the potential of taekwondo to contribute to a more respectful and harmonious society.
“Taekwondo is the sport which can be practiced by anyone, anywhere in the world.
"It doesn’t matter how old you are, what gender you are, what religion you believe in or where you come from; taekwondo is a sport for all.
"That is why last year on the International Day of Peace we announced the launch of the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation.
"The THF is now operating successful projects in three countries and we are looking to expand this even further.
"We know that there is a lot more work to do but already we are seeing the positive impact taekwondo is having in refugee camps around the world.”
The International Day of Peace, sometimes called World Peace Day, is always observed across the world on September 21.
The theme for 2016 is "The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace".