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Statement regarding awarding of honorary 9th dan to a former President of the United States of America

Dear World Taekwondo Family,

dear members of the general public,


Following recent news reports and public enquiries addressed to us regarding the awarding of an honorary 9th dan (black belt) to Mr. Donald Trump, World Taekwondo wishes to clarify that we have no involvement in this matter.


The certificate was awarded by Kukkiwon, which is an organisation promoting Taekwondo as a martial art and also administering dan promotions around the world. As Kukkiwon uses ‘World Taekwondo Headquarters’, we can understand that this might be confused with World Taekwondo. If you are interested to find out more about Kukkiwon or have any queries related to the news reports, please visit


World Taekwondo is the sole International Federation responsible for governing the sport of Taekwondo in the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. As such, we are focused on our mission to develop and grow Taekwondo as a sport throughout the world from grassroots to elite level, and to contribute to humanitarian and social development through Taekwondo.