The ITF Board of Directors’ meeting was held at the headquarters of International Taekwon-Do Federation, Vienna, Austria on November 16, 2002.
On November 15, before the meeting the ITF president, Mr. Chang Ung met and invited Mr. Russel Maclellen to the ITF Board of Directors’ meeting at the Hotel Berger in Vienna. Mr. Russel Maclellen, the ITF senior vice president expressed that for the moment he would like to step back and to give free hands to Mr. Chang Uug to chair the Board of Directors’ meeting.
On the meeting, the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee, Master Geogios Stylianides proposed the dismissal of Master Tom MacCallum,Wim Bos, Paul Weiler, Sheena Sutherland and Mr. Coos vd Heuvel from their post. The ITF Board of Directors accepted the Chairman’s proposal, and produced the decision of the ITF Board of Directors’ meeting.
The Consultative Council of the ITF also held a meeting right after the ITF Board of Directors’ meeting at the Hotel Berger in Vienna. The members of the Consultative Council announced the full support to the decision of the ITF Board of Directors’ meeting.
After the meeting the ITF president, Mr. Chang Uug met Mr. Russel Maclellen again because Mr. Russel Maclellen learned that the ITF Board of Directors’ meeting decided to dismiss Master Tom MacCallum from the position as secretary general. Mr. Russel Maclellen tried to negotiate about the compensation of Master Tom MacCallum. Mr. Chang Uug told to Mr. Russel Maclellen that he will give the answer to him after the consultation with the Board of Directors and Consultative Council of the ITF.
The members of the Board of Directors manifested their one and same viewpoint that they should faithfully carry out the Last Words of our beloved Founder, General Choi Hong Hi in compliance with the ethics of the martial artists and the morality of Taekwon-Do. All members have a good impression of the ITF president, Mr. Chang Uug. They consider him as the leader with great talents and charisma. Also they all appreciate General Choi Hong Hi’s great vision to choose a great successor for the ITF family before his departure.
Under the new leadership of Mr. Chang Uug the future of the ITF will be very bright. After this turblent, the ITF headquarters(Draugasse 3, 1210 Vienna, Austria
Tel: (43)(1)2925509/2928467 – Fax: 2925509) still function normally.
It is said the ITF official website(www.internationaltaekwon-dofederation.com) will open soon.
The News from Vienna, Austria on November 19, 2002.