|▲ © Dr.Kim un yung at 2017 Anyang World TAekwondo Hamadang (WTU)
By Pau Aguilar of Spain
Dr. UN YOUNG KIM(1931-2017) vice president of IOC, former president of Kukkiwon, and former president of WTF passed away 2 am, 3 October 2017.
Un-yong Kim, former vice president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and first president of the WTF, passed away Tuesday. He was 86 years old.
Sources close to the deceased said Kim, feeling under the weather, was admitted to Severance Hospital on Monday and was pronounced dead at 2:21 a.m. Tuesday.
During his sports administration career, Kim was one of the most powerful figures in the IOC, which he joined in 1986. He played an instrumental role in helping Seoul win the right to host the 1988 Summer Olympics.
He also served as the founding president of the World Taekwondo Federation — presently World Taekwondo — and of the South Korean national Olympic committee. Kim was largely responsible for helping taekwondo become an Olympic medal sport.
Kim was also credited with helping set up the joint march by the South Korean and North Korean athletes at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Summer Games.
In 2001, Kim waged an unsuccessful campaign for the IOC presidency, losing to Jacques Rogge, 59-23.
he didn’t stop pursuing his lifelong career in the sports field.
In November last year, he established the Kim Un Yong Sport Committee to work toward sports development and enhancement in Korea. The 2017 Kimunyong Cup International Open Taekwondo Championships are scheduled for Oct. 28 to Nov. 1 in Seoul.
A biographical book on Kim will be published soon by the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee. Kim worked together with the committee on the book until recently.
He was last seen in public at the opening ceremony of the National Training Center in Jincheon, North Chungcheong Province, last Wednesday.
He is survived by his wife, son and two daughters.
세계 태권도계 거목' 김운용 박사(향년 86세) 타계!
김운용 전 국제올림픽위원회, IOC 부위원장이 오늘(3일) 오전 노환으로 타계했다. 향년 86세.
김 전 부위원장은 갑자기 어제(2일) 몸 상태가 좋지 않아서 세브란스병원에 입원했다가 오늘 오전 2시 21분 별세했다.
'태권도계 대부'인 고인은 1971년부터 대한태권도협회장을 맡아 세계태권도연맹(WT) 창설하는 등 태권도의 세계화를 주도하고 태권도가 올림픽 시범종목을 거쳐 2000년 시드니 올림픽에서 정식종목으로 채택되는데 크게 기여했다.
고인의 빈소는 서울 서대문구 연세로 50(신촌동 134) 연세대학교 세브란스병원 신촌 장례식장 특 01호(지하 2층, 02-2227-7500)이고 발인은 9일이다.
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