World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue attended the WTE Extraordinary Council meeting ©World Taekwondo

World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue claimed the sport's main theme of 2019 will be development as he attended the World Taekwondo Europe (WTE) Extraordinary Council meeting.

The meeting took place alongside the World Para Taekwondo Championships, which took place in the Turkish city Antalya.

Choue spoke of the importance of enhancing the relationship between the governing body and WTE.

He also stressed that new education and development programmes were essential for developing the sport worldwide.

The South Korean claimed increased development initiatives would help to build the capacity of members through education and support.

Choue stated that existing programmes would be upgraded, with online courses replacing offline ones to reduce travel time and expenses.

Improved national level education courses to grow the grassroots of the sport were promised, along with ensuring that the best referees for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games conduct joint training camps with coaches.

The newly opened Wuxi Center in China will serve as a hub for taekwondo education, the governing body claim.

Choue pledged to develop two more taekwondo academies for refugees in Rwanda and Djibouti.

Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation projects have taken place in Burundi, Djibouti, Nepal, Rwanda and Turkey, along with their Academy in Jordan.

A "Taekwondo Cares" programme will also operate with the aim of helping homeless children and empowering women all over the world, with a focus on Islamic regions.

IOC vice president Ugur Erdener, third right, was present at the meeting ©World Taekwondo
IOC vice president Ugur Erdener, third right, was present at the meeting ©World Taekwondo 

World Taekwondo also said they had begun work on technology to develop an esports product, having noted the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) interest in the area.

An Olympic Summit declaration in December called for International Federations to explore the "potential benefits and applications of the electronic and virtual versions of their sports".

This came despite the Summit cooling the prospect of esports featuring on the Olympic programme in the near future.

World Taekwondo claim they will aim to demonstrate their technology during this year's World Championships, which will take place in Manchester from May 15 to 19.

IOC President Thomas Bach has reportedly confirmed he will attend the Championships.

World Taekwondo have also stated they will mark the 25th anniversary of taekwondo's inclusion on the Olympic programme this year.

This will include a joint demonstration with the International Taekwondo Federation in Lausanne on April 11, as well as at the United Nations in Geneva the following day.