January 1 - South Korea has won the right to host the 20th WTF World Taekwondo Championships in 2011 in the ancient city of Gyeongju.

A four-member Korean delegation, headed by Jin Bang Yang, secretary general of the Korean Taekwondo Association, made a presentation at the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) Council meeting in Cairo.

Korea last hosted the World Championships in 2001 on Jeju Island.
Russia also earned the right to host the 2nd WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships in St. Petersburg in May 2010.
At the WTF Council meeting, which took place at the Conference Hall of the Egyptian Olympic Committee at the Cairo Stadium, WTF President Chungwon Choue announced the full list of the new Council members, which will serve until the General Assembly in 2013.
Under Article 11 of the WTF Rules and Regulations, the WTF President has the authority to appoint three vice presidents and seven Council members, including two athlete members, the secretary general and the treasurer.
The three newly appointed vice presidents were Phil Coles, an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member of Australia; Dai Soon Lee of South Korea, President of the Asian Taekwondo Union; and Ivan Dibos, the IOC member of Peru.
The WTF President appointed Canada's Tae Eun Lee as the new Treasurer.
The seven newly appointed Council members are Maria Borello Castillo of Guatemala; Coleman C. Y. Lee of Taiwan; Michel Madar of Israel; Carine Lahoud Murr of Lebanon; Anatoly Terekhov of Russia; and two athlete members, Dae Sung Moon of South Korea and Myriam Baverel of France.
Athanasios Pragalos, the President of the European Taekwondo Union, and Ji Ho Choi, President of the Pan American Taekwondo Union, are ex-officio Council members in their capacity as the President of WTF Continental Unions.
The WTF Council approved the formation of an ad-hoc WTF Committee for Reform Fund Allocation, headed by Coles.
The Committee members are Roberto Beltran Ramonetti of Mexico, secretary general of the Pan Am Taekwondo Union; Roger Piarulli, President of the French Taekwondo Union; Ide Issaka, President of the Niger Taekwondo Federation; Sung Chon Hong, a WTF Council member of the Philippines.
The ad-hoc committee will decide on criteria on the graded distribution system and the class ranking of the WTF Reform Fund for the second quadrennial period of 2009-2012 for the WTF Member National Associations and the Continental Unions.

The finalised criteria will be reported at the WTF’s next Council meeting and General Assembly scheduled for March 1 and 2, 2010, respectively in Tijuana, Mexico.
The Council approved that an equal amount of $5,000 (£3,000) will be distributed in cash for each WTF member national association and $20,000 (£12,000) to each Continental Union for the year of 2009.