World Taekwondo issues DEI statement. WORLD TAEKWONDO

World Taekwondo issued a statement on diversity, equality and inclusion on 21 March, the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Chungwon Choue, president of World Taekwondo, said the statement serves as a reminder - a call to recognise the importance of collective action. "Together, we'll strive to ensure that our sport becomes not only a symbol of athletic excellence, but also a beacon of progress and inclusion for generations to come," he said.

"World Taekwondo has practitioners in every corner of the world, with five continental unions and 213 member national associations, we are a global sport. In addition to this presence, we are striving to make taekwondo accessible to everyone, everywhere and at all times. We want the sport of taekwondo to embrace people's differences, to celebrate those differences and ensure that they have a 

"World Taekwondo promotes Taekwondo for All to ensure that diversity, equality, inclusion, and a sense of belonging are part of the very fabric of our sport. World Taekwondo rejects discrimination on any basis and is committed to providing equal opportunities for participation and advancement in taekwondo. We want to ensure that everyone has the chance to contribute and excel in our sport," he continued.

"All athletes, coaches, referees, staff, volunteers, and members of our community should feel connected, supported, and empowered in all aspects, including but not limited to age, gender, race or ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, and gender identity, ability, education and income," Choeu stressed. 

"At World Taekwondo, we stand in unity and embrace diversity as our strength. World Taekwondo will continue to work with our stakeholders to promote diversity, equality and inclusion at all levels of taekwondo so that everyone feels a part of our community both on and off the mat," he concluded.