International Taekwon‑Do Federation

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16 Mar 2020

Under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) with Xi Jinping , the General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee at the core, the Chinese people are fearless of any dangers and difficulties, have shown outstanding wisdom, and have taken many active and effective measures in the prevention and control of the COVID-19 that has been raging in China for nearly three months. We firmly believe that China and the Chinese people are about to usher in a victorious, nationally celebrated and warm spring.

China ITF has been actively responding to the country’s call, convened a high-level meeting urgently, and promptly canceled the "7th China ITF Congress" scheduled to be held in February 2020, and also apply to the ATF and KTC to cancel "the 10th Asian ITF Taekwon‑Do Championships.

China ITF has always been under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) since its establishment. Although the cancellation of this international competition has caused a huge loss in economy, credibility and resources, all ITF taekwondoists in China are willing to join hands with the whole country to fight against the epidemic and contribute to the stability and prosperity of our motherland.

Since January 2020, the ITF, ATF, KTC and more than 20 countries around the world have sent letter of sympathies to China ITF, expressing greetings and blessings. The letters expressed great concern about the situation of the Chinese people against the epidemic, as well as the safety of all ITF taekwondoists in China. At the same time, they expressed affirmation and praise for the Chinese people's determination, capability and methods of fighting the epidemic. All ITF colleagues said that China has made great contributions to the world, set an example for the people in the world to fight the epidemic, and earned time for the people of the world, which deserves the respect of people all over the world.

Mr. Zhang Guangjun, president of China ITF on behalf of all ITF members in China, expressed his sincere gratitude and sincere blessings to the care of the ITF, ATF, KTC and ITF associations in various countries, and thank them for their warm greetings to China during the epidemic . At the same time, President Mr. Zhang Guangjun also extended an invitation to everyone, and welcomed everyone to have friendly exchanges with China after the epidemic. China ITF will do its best to welcome everyone.

According to statistics from the WHO, as of today, the number of confirmed cases of the COVID-19 worldwide will reach 150,000, and the number of countries and regions affected by the epidemic has exceeded 100. Although China has adopted the most comprehensive, strictest and most thorough prevention and control measures, the epidemic situation has been well controlled, but the multi-point outbreak and spread worldwide has made epidemic fighting a matter for people all over the world, and it is about everyone’s personal safety. The Chinese government has also mobilized all efforts to donate a large number of medical supplies and support funds needed for the COVID-19 outbreak to the world. At the same time, in the face of the COVID-19 as a cunning enemy, China is struggling to fight the epidemic, but also the first time to share information and carry out scientific research cooperation with other countries. A timetable is a record of China's solid efforts to fulfill its international responsibilities and join hands with the international community to combat the disease.

China ITF has been following the situation of epidemic prevention and control in the world. After learning that China's Pu'er tea can not only have very good effects on the prevention of the COVID-19, but also can help patients recover effectively, President Mr. Zhang Guangjun immediately sent emails with expressions of sympathy and support to more than 100 countries around the world, and he timely sent a certain amount of high-end Pu'er tea and disposable medical masks to the ITF HQs, ATF HQs, and the national associations that replied the delivery address to help everyone overcome the difficulties.

Among them, the Latvian ITF Association needed to go abroad to participate in the competition and asked China ITF for help. In the case of shortage of supplies, China ITF sent 200 disposable medical masks to the Latvian ITF Association for use by athletes during the competition.

Xinhua News Agency reported that on the evening of March 12, Beijing time, Chinese President Xi Jinping had a telephone conversation with UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres at his request.

The epidemic has once again demonstrated that mankind is a community with a shared future that shares weal and woe, Xi stressed, adding that in the era of economic globalization, COVID-19 will not be the world's last major emergency, and various traditional and non-traditional security issues will constantly bring about new tests. The international community has to see humanity as one community with a shared future, look out for one another, and join hands to tackle risks and challenges and build a beautiful planet, said the Chinese president.

Noting that this year marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, Xi said China supports the international community in taking that as an opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to multilateralism, and reinforce and improve the global governance system with the United Nations at the core.

China ITF has always believed that, with the joint efforts of people all over the world, the global COVID-19 will be controlled quickly and completely eliminated in the near future.

In the face of the epidemic, all ITF family members around the world need to stand together and unite as one, to tide over the difficulty and achieve more successes.

One Federation, One Dream.

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