Detailed report of the spokesman of the Funeral Committee concerning the funeral Ceremony for the deceased General Choi Hong Hi, President of the International Taekwon-Do Federation.
It is a great sorrow and loss that Gen. Choi, Founder of Taekwon-Do, leader and Father of all Taekwon-Doists, passed away at 8:35pm on the 15th of June in Pyongyang, D.P.R Korea.
The Government of D.P.R of Korea organized the funeral committee consisted of 14 members including the Chief Cadres of Government, Mr Chang Ung, the member of the I.O.C and Mr Hwang Pong Yong, president of the Korean Taekwon-Do committee with Mr Choi Tae Bok Chairman of the supreme People’s Assembly, Cabinet, the Governmental organizations and several associations.
Over 1500 people visited for respect to the deceased Gen. Choi and his family, including Mr Kim Yong Nam, Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly and the numerous cadres of high ranks in the government, the chief members of the social organizations, the ambassadors of several countries and the representatives of International organizations in D.P.R of Korea, the foreign delegations and the delegations of the Koreans from abroad, the Taekwon-Do trainers of foreign countries and the instructors of the Korean Taekwon-Do Committee.
Condolatory letters from presidents of national Taekwon-Do associations in the International Taekwon-Do Federation, the high degree holders and the students count up to over 800 and it has now been sent to Pyongyang.
Gen Choi’s coffin was carried out at 15:00 on the 17th of June.
The remains of General Choi were buried in the patriotic Martyrs’ cemetery in Pyongyang for his exploits in the field of Taekwon-Do and martial art.
It was decided by the Korean Taekwon-Do committee to set the 22nd of September as the 100th day funeral ceremony to cherish the memory of the merits established by Gen Choi, president of the IT who devoted his whole life to Taekwon-Do, as was agreed with the family of the deceased and the delegation of the ITF who visited Pyongyang.
We are sure that all of you, the sons and daughters of Taekwon-Do and the faithful students who have followed the founder of Taekwon-Do will come to Pyongyang on 22nd September for the 100th day funeral ceremony.
Although Gen Choi passed away, we are convinced that the tens of millions of Taekwon-Doists will firmly unite to strengthen and develop ITF upholding the testament of Gen Choi Hong Hi
May you sleep in peace, the everlasting founder of Taekwon-Do praying for the repose of the deceased.
Korean Taekwon-Do Committee
On Behalf of the Funeral Committee for Gen Choi Hong Hi