DUNKIRK, France (Sept 4, 2023) - World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue was today, on Taekwondo Day, presented with an honorary doctorate by the Universite du Littoral Cote d'Opale (ULCO) in recognition of his contribution to humanitarian endeavours and fostering transparent and equitable competition.
The prestigious distinction was bestowed upon President Choue during a special ceremony in the historic city of Dunkirk, France.
The honorary doctorate is regarded by the ULCO as the pinnacle of recognition for individuals who have chartered new territories and effected meaningful change. The UCLO cited President Choue’s work in facilitating the participation of refugee athletes in international Taekwondo competitions and his dedication to universality and advocacy for gender equality.
Ahead of his keynote address, a number speakers spoke of President Choue’s achievements. Triple Olympic Champion and President of the Paris 2024 Organising Committee Tony Estanguet also congratulated President Choue on his accomplishments via a video message.
Speaking at the ceremony, President Choue said:
“I am overwhelmed with emotions as I stand here to receive this distinguished doctorate honoris causa. I wish to thank the President, Prof. Hassane Sadok and the university for this amazing opportunity.
“For me to receive this honorary doctorate on Taekwondo Day adds to the emotions that I am feeling now. Taekwondo practitioners, or Taekwondoin, always say that Taekwondo is not just a sport or a martial art; it is a way of life.
“Throughout my presidency in World Taekwondo, I have constantly asked myself how Taekwondo could be used to not only entertain fans and fulfil athletes’ dreams of winning medals, but also it could be used to change the lives of those who practice it. That is the basis and enduring legacy of my presidency: Peace is more precious than triumph.”
Under President Choue’s presidency, World Taekwondo has established itself as the leading International Federation in the Olympic and Paralympic Movements in terms of humanitarian and social development activities. Peace initiatives include the Taekwondo Peace Corps, the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation, and the Taekwondo Cares programme.
The ULCO spans four urban areas in France – Boulogne-Sur-Mer, Calais, Dunkirk, and Saint-Omer – and recognises the profound influence of sports with its Bachelor’s programme in the Science and Technique of Physical and Sports Activities (STAPS) boasting significant success within the French university landscape.