THF, French Taekwondo, Team up to Support Refugee Athletes


SEOUL, Korea (Feb. 17, 2023) - Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation(THF) has signed with French Taekwondo Federation(FFTDA), chaired by Hassane Sadok on Feb 17 at the World Taekwondo HQs in Seoul.


Under the terms of the agreement, the two parties will exchange ideas and know-how as well as support each other in raising funds for their respective initiatives and projects for refugees.


The FFTDA is also going to sponsor an eight-person women's team and a coach from Afghanistan.


“We share many values with FFTDA and have enjoyed close collaboration on projects in the past,” said World Taekwondo President and THF Chairman Chungwon Choue. “Through this cooperation agreement, we will be able to strengthen our partnership and ensure that we are maximizing the reach of our humanitarian activities.


“I am very happy to have achieved this goal with President Choue,” said Sadok. “FFTDA have been active in supporting refugee athletes during the past years, and I believe that our humanitarian activities could be promoted and better organized within the framework of this cooperation agreement, under the patronage of the THF.”


Previously, on Mar. 15, 2022, the THF and FFTDA announced their joint “Sport for Protection” program, which supports young refugees in France through Taekwondo.


The program operates under the wider “Terrains d’Avenir” (“Land of the Future”) initiative, which is co-financed by the Olympic Refuge Foundation (ORF) and the French Sports Ministry, and is supported by the city of Paris, the French Olympic Committee (CNOSF), the Paris 2024 Organising Committee and the UNHCR.


More than 12,000 people will benefit directly or indirectly from the program which runs through to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. It is open to any displaced young person in the region with a particular focus on people between the ages of 10 and 24.