ZABOK, Croatia (27 June 2016) –  President of the World Taekwondo Federation Professor Chungwon Choue today attended the signing ceremony between St. Catherine Hospital and Croatian Taekwondo Federation in Zabok, Croatia. Speaking during the ceremony, President Choue said: “This Contract between St. Catherine Hospital and Croatian Taekwondo Federation is very important for taekwondo athletes and I am sure that Croatian athletes will benefit a lot from it”. Professor Dragan Primorac, President of the St. Catherine Hospital Board of Trustees, former Croatian minister of Science, Education and Sports and former Taekwondo athlete emphasized the significance of the appropriate medical care for Taekwondo athletes. Taekwondo is the sport I was practicing for many years and I am so proud on this collaboration, Primorac said during the ceremony.

Croatian National TV, the most influential television station in the region reported today an eye-catching story related to this event

President Choue was joined at the ceremony by Anto Nobilo, President of the Croatian Taekwondo Federation, Ivan Radoš, Secretary General of the Croatian Taekwondo Federation, Professor Dalibor Krpan, WTF Auditor and President of Taekwondo Academy in Rijeka, Won-sup Park, Ambassador of Korea to Croatia, Dr. Eduard Rod, physician of the Croatian Taekwondo Team, Martina Zubčić, Taekwondo Olympic medalist, Iva Radoš Taekwondo European Champion, Vedran Golec, former Taekwondo European Champion and many others.

The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) is the International Federation (IF) governing the sport of Taekwondo and is a member of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF). So far 206 national associations members of WTF. It is estimated that more than 80 million people all around the World practice Taekwondo.

The Croatian Taekwondo Federation with 51 medals from the European Championships (13 gold, 13 silver and 25 bronze medals) as well as with 19 medals from World Championship Tournaments (2 gold, 5 silver and 12 bronze medals ) and 3 medals from Olympic Games (3 bronze medals) is the most successful alliance of the Croatian Olympic Committee.

St. Catherine Hospital is a European center of excellence and a member of the prestigious group “The Leading Hospitals of The World”. St. Catherine Hospital is also official hospital of the Croatian Olympic Committee and Croatian Football Federation.  In addition, the hospital is a teaching hospital of the Medical Faculty of the Universities of Split, Osijek and Rijeka as well as of the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb. The concept of integral healthcare (where expert teams of radiologists, orthopedics, surgeons, anesthesiologists, gastroenterologists, neurologists and physiatrist take a multidisciplinary approach, using the newest equipment and the latest treatment options, providing superior diagnostics in one place, the best treatment options and individualized rehabilitation protocols) is what underlines the uniqueness of St. Catherine Specialty Hospital. Many of the top-level athletes from different sports have been diagnosed or treated at the hospital, such as: Garry Kasparov (former World Chess Champion), Marin Čilić ( Winner of the US Open 2014 ), Gordan Giriček (NBA player: Memphis Grizzlies, Orlando Magic, Utal Jazz), Bojan Bogdanović (NBA player: Brooklyn Nets), Mario Mandžukić (football player: Juventus, Italy and Croatian National Soccer Team), Luka Modrić (football player: Real Madrid, Spain and Croatian National Soccer Team) Ivica Olić (football player: Wolfsburg, Germany and Croatian National Soccer Team), Ivica Kostelić (former World Cup alpine ski racer and two-time Olympic gold medalist),  Janica Kostelić (former World Cup alpine ski racer and four-time Olympic gold medalist), Blanka Vlašić (a high jump indoor World Champion), Mirko Filipović (K-1 World Champion), and many others.

Photo: Professor Dragan Primorac, Professor Chungwon Choue and Anto Nobilo

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