Thursday, August 19, 2004

President Choue Left for Athens

Chungwon Choue, President of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), left for Athens on Aug. 8 (Sun.) to attend the General Assembly of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), held on Aug. 10-12, as a special guest.

Choue, elected to the WTF Presidency in the WTF Extraordinary General Assembly on June 11 in Seoul, was invited by IOC President Jacque Rogge to attend the IOC meeting. He was also scheduled to have an exclusive meeting with Rogge on Aug 14.

Staying in Athens throughout the Olympic period, Choue is expected to meet with as many IOC members and other leading figures of international sports community as possible either through private meetings or receptions. He is also scheduled to watch major Olympic competitions including Taekwondo games on Aug. 26-29.

The Athens Olympic will serve as a good occasion for Choue, a new face in international sports community, to make acquaintances with many leading international sports administrators.

Choue will host a dinner at the Hotel Divani Caravel on the heel of the first day competitions of the Olympic Taekwondo games on Aug. 26 in honor of the IOC members, heads of the National Olympic Committees and other dignitaries.

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USA: No reinstatement for coach LEE 15 Aug. 2004

ATHENS, 15, August - A federal judge has refused to reinstate Dae Sung LEE, the dismissed coach of the USA Olympic Taekwondo team.

The Korean coach was dismissed on the first day of April and filed a lawsuit two weeks ago claiming he was removed because of his Korean heritage. He was asking one 1 million dollars and his reinstatement.

The US district judge Susan Oki MOLLWAY, ruled that LEE failed to show the US Taekwondo Union and the US Olympic Committee discriminated against him.

Dae Sung LEE was hired as head coach in March 2003.

After his dismissal and based on new criteria, Jean LOPEZ (USA), the older brother of reigning gold medalist Steven LOPEZ (USA), took over as the Taekwodo coach on 19 July.

The Taekwondo Olympic tournament begins on the 26th of August at Faliro Sports Pavillion.