India Taekwondo President
Namdev Shirgaonkar, hailing from Maharashtra, has been re-elected as the President of India Taekwondo. The elections for the executive committee took place, and Shirgaonkar was elected unopposed. He is not only a Taekwondo practitioner with a black belt but also serves as the secretary-general of the Maharashtra Olympic Association (MOA). Shirgaonkar expressed his satisfaction at being chosen as the chief of India Taekwondo without any opposition.
The smooth conduct of the elections was facilitated by Kiarash Bahri, who is the Coordinator of World Taekwondo, as well as an observer from the Asian Taekwondo Union (ATU) named Wanyong Lee. Additionally, Prashant Desai, representing the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI), played a crucial role as an observer during the elections.
India will participate in the upcoming Senior World Taekwondo Championship 2023, scheduled to take place in Baku, Azerbaijan from May 25 to June 5.
About The India Taekwondo
- India Taekwondo is the national governing body for the sport of Taekwondo in India.
- It is responsible for promoting, organizing, and overseeing Taekwondo activities and competitions within the country.
- India Taekwondo works towards developing and nurturing taekwondo talent, conducting training programs, and sending athletes to represent India in national and international events.
- The organization is affiliated with the World Taekwondo (WT), the international governing body for the sport, and follows its rules and regulations.
- India Taekwondo plays a vital role in the growth and promotion of Taekwondo in India, fostering the spirit of martial arts and sportsmanship among practitioners and athletes.
- The Executive Committee of India Taekwondo consists of the following members:
- President: Namdev Shirgaonkar (Maharashtra)
- Senior Vice-President: Veena Arora (Punjab)
- Vice-President: P. Socrates (Tamil Nadu)
- Secretary General: Amit Dhamal (Maharashtra)
- Treasurer: Rajat Aditya Dikshit (Uttar Pradesh)
- Executive Committee Members: Gitika Talukdar (Assam), Vikas Kumar Verma (Gujarat)
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How many belts are there in taekwondo?
White Belt: The starting rank for beginners.
Yellow Belt: Represents the earth, where the seed begins to take root.
Orange Belt: Represents the growth and progress of the seed.
Green Belt: Represents the growth of the plant and the development of skills.
Blue Belt: Represents the sky and the extension of skills and knowledge.
Red Belt: Symbolizes danger, caution, and control.
Black Belt: The highest rank, representing maturity, proficiency, and leadership.