Baku, December 12, AZERTAC
The World Taekwondo Federation put on the ritz as it held its 3rd Annual Gala Awards in the ballroom annex of Baku’s Badamdar Hotel – and also raised over USD60,000 for its charity initiative, the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation, or THF.
In an opening address, WTF President Chungwon Choue discussed how the “World Taekwondo Family” enjoys both good times and bad times together, and how its humanitarian initiatives for refugees and displaced people around the world make it different from other sports organizations.
He congratulated the Azeri Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov – who attended the Gala Awards – on the country’s only gold medal in the Rio Olympics, won for Azerbaijan by Radik Isaev – one of the award nominees.
WTF Vice President and Azerbaijan Taekwondo Federation President Kamaladdin Heydarov received a special awards by Choue.
The Best Member National Association of the Year award was won by to Azerbaijan – a decision that was clearly popular with the crowd.
The Coach of the Year award was won by Azerbaijan’s Reza Mehmandoust.