ITF Since Choi's Death
During an International Taekwondo Instructors Course (Seminar) in Budapest-Hungary on March 9-11, 2001, General Choi unofficially announced the appointment of his son Master Choi Jung Hwa as the future head of the organization. Later General Choi confirmed his decision at a Congress held in Rimini, Italy in July 2001 and at a Special Congress in Austria in January 2002. A group of Europeans, led by a Vietnamese did not accept Master Choi Jung Hwa as a new president, so there was speculation as to whether Master Choi would inherit the top ITF post from his father.
During an interview with Taekwondo Times correspondent Susan Richards in Budapest, she asked Master Choi if there would be any changes in the ITF when he took over the reins. He responded: "I want to reinforce the technical standard we have always stood for and I want a more friendly organization. One cannot help but feel that our (the ITF's) lofty ideals have deviated somewhat. We must remember that the International Taekwondo Federation is comprised of its members and it is the organization's duty to serve them. I also want to promote a fairer and more unbiased organization. There will be no room for Taekwondo Geishas's in the future. Also, it is a lifelong dream of our Founder to see more varieties of Taekwondo techniques implemented in free sparring. I have assigned Master Nestor Gallarraga, Chairman of the Tournament Committee to form a Committee to study and train members regarding this. We will talk more when a report is submitted to the executive board. Realistically speaking, it will be a demo at the ITF Worlds in Italy."
Ms. Richards also questioned Master Choi about his first order of business as the new president of the ITF. "General Choi will definitely retire in 2003. As a democratic institute, the next president will be elected through a democratic process. This is my wish, Whoever takes over (the ITF) will have delicately balance the tradition of the martial arts with a realistic, modern way of running an organization of this magnitude. If I am the new leader. I will first access Taekwondo activities worldwide in a scientific and objective way With fairness and compassion, I will open avenues for those who have left the International Taekwondo Federation to return to their rightful home."