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Deputy director of the Republic of Korea Presidential Protective Forces Dr. Kim Un Yong, was elected the president of the Korea Tae kwon do Association on January 23, 1971. Although he initially declined the position due to the continued conflicts within the organization, he was asked by the Korean government to accept and to cleanse the association. This he accomplished with great success.

Believing that taekwondo was a Korean martial art and its governing body should be based in Korea, Dr. Kirn dissolved the relationship between the Korea tae kwon do Association and the International Taekwondo Federation. In 1973 the World Taekwondo Federation was formed, and Dr. Kim was elected its president. This organisation has led the martial art of taekwondo into its status as an Olympic sport.

Written by Conrad Howard — November 22, 2012

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