Park Jun-ho is standing for President of the Italian Taekwondo Federation ©Facebook

Former South Korean player Park Jun-ho is set to challenge incumbent Italian Taekwondo Federation (FITA) President Angelo Cito when the organisation holds its election next month.

The FITA has confirmed Cito, elected as head of the federation in 2016, and Park as the two candidates in the Presidential vote, scheduled for the Ordinary Elective General Assembly on November 7.

Cito succeeded Park Sun-jae, the pioneer of taekwondo in Italy having introduced the sport to the country.

Park Sun-jae had led FITA from 1998 until his death in February 2016 and also briefly served as Acting President of World Taekwondo following the resignation in 2004 of Kim Un-yong. 

Park Jun-ho earlier this year launched a Facebook page to support his campaign to unseat Cito in the election.

Angelo Cito is seeking re-election as head of the FITA ©FITA
Angelo Cito is seeking re-election as head of the FITA ©FITA

Carlo Molfetta, the first Italian to win an Olympic gold medal in taekwondo when he claimed victory in the over-80 kilograms category at London 2012, is standing for re-election as an athletes' representative on the FITA Federal Council. 

Molfetta, a three-time World Championships medallist, is one of five candidates in the running for the two athlete places on the Council.

World Military Games bronze medallist Maristella Smiraglia, former European junior champion Cristiana Rizzelli, Elena Blundo and Luciano Bonaccorso are also standing.

Claudio Nolano, European champion in the under-72kg category at Bonn in 2006, is not seeking re-election as an athlete representative.