Moon Dae-sung Celebrates IOC Role

      December 26, 2008 08:34

      Moon Dae-sung

      Moon Dae-sung has declared himself delighted after becoming the first Asian to be elected to the Athletes' Commission of the International Olympic Committee. "Many athletes won gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. I won another gold medal, which will be a joy to Koreans, from the IOC," Moon told reporters in Seoul last week after participating in an official conference at IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

      Moon, who won a gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics in the men's over 80 kg category with a jump-spinning hook kick, showed off the medal given only to IOC members. "I got this directly from IOC Chairman Jacques Rogge on the day after the Beijing Olympics closed," he said.

      Moon said he elaborated the temporarily titled "Moon Project" in a 40-minute meeting with the chairman held on the first day he visited IOC headquarters, stressing that Taekwondo is a sport that fits the Olympic spirit of promoting peace and harmony for mankind and discussed opening an international seminar on Taekwondo next August. He said he won a promise of support from Rogge.

      Moon promised to visit a foreign country a month for eight years from November next year to the day when his membership expires to promote taekwondo and disseminate the Olympic spirit. He is to use all the income earned from corporate sponsorship in supporting developing nations.

      Moon is an executive member of the World Taekwondo Federation, taekwondo professor at Dong-A University, and vice Chairman of the Korea Olympians Association. He was elected to the Athletes' Commission of the IOC last August.

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