World Taekwondo(WT) and Wuxi government arrange for medical supplies to be sent to countries most affected by COVID-19.
World Taekwondo the Wuxi Municipal People’s Government, and the Jiangsu Wuxi Economic Development Zone today held a donation ceremony via video conference, in which it was agreed that the Wuxi and Jiangsu governments would donate 100,000 protective masks to WT as part of global efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The generous donation was in response to World Taekwondo’s initiative to donate 10,800 hand sanitizers to Wuxi in February to help the Wuxi government when the COVID-19 pandemic was at its peak in China.
World Taekwondo and Wuxi share a strong bond, with the WT-Wuxi Centre and several high-profile WT events based in the city.
Through this joint partnership, the donated masks will be sent to selected countries currently most seriously affected by COVID-19, according to information from the World Health Organisation (WHO).
World Taekwondo President Choue said:“The world is facing unprecedented challenges. It is at times like these that it is more important than ever that we stand in solidarity with each other and offer support where we can.
We were very happy to support Wuxi earlier this year and we are very grateful for the assistance they are now providing. With this global period of uncertainty and many sports events being postponed or cancelled to protect the wellbeing of everyone involved, it is important that we continue to live by the Olympic values, showing friendship and respect to our fellow global citizens.
”Wuxi Vice Mayor Liu Xia said;“There’s a Chinese ancient poetry ‘Long distance separates no bosom friends.’ At this special moment, we are here to hold the donation ceremony of medical supplies to World Taekwondo. First of all, entrusted by Mr. Huang Qin, Secretary of the Wuxi Municipal CPC Committee and Mr. Du Xiaogang, Mayor of Wuxi Municipal People’s Government on behalf of Wuxi Municipal CPC Committee, Wuxi Municipal People’s Government, and 6.59 million citizens in Wuxi, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to you and World Taekwondo for your kind assistance delivered in our difficult time. The help and support given by World Taekwondo in the most difficult times are always in our hearts, and now we are also concerned about the health and safety of every member of the taekwondo family.
”Wuxi is scheduled to host the World Taekwondo Championships in 2021, and the WT World Cup Poomsae & Team Championships and the WT Grand Slam Champions Series later this year.
2021년 세계태권도선수권대회 개최 도시인 우시시(市)는 세계태권도연맹에 마스크 십만장을 기증하기로 하였다.
17일 오후 열린 기증식은 조정원 WT 총재와 류시아(Liu Xia) 우시 부시장이 각자 서울과 우시 사무실에서 화상 통화로 이뤄졌다. WT는 지난달 초 우시에 손소독제를 보낸 바 있다. 이에 대한 고마움으로 우시에서 WT에게 십만장의 마스크를 기부하는 것이다. 십만장의 마스크는 WT 210개 회원국 중 세계보건기구(WHO)에서 확산이 심각하다고 한 한국을 포함해 이탈리아, 이란, 스페인, 독일, 프랑스, 미국, 스위스, 영국, 네덜란드, 노르웨이로 전달할 예정이다.
조총재는 “전 세계적으로 어려운 시기에 의미 깊은 기부 물품에 감사하다. 모두가 힘을 내 상황을 극복할 수 있기 바란다”며 소감을 전했다. 우시는 WT태권도센터가 자리하고 있으며 2017년도부터 그랜드슬램 챔피온스 시리즈를 매년 개최하고 있다.
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