World Taekwondo Oceania approves new constitution ahead of Council elections


World Taekwondo Oceania has approved a new constitution and has started the process of applying for Council positions ahead of next month’s elections.

The new constitution, which was approved by a special online general assembly on July 23, is a standard constitution provided to its five continental bodies by World Taekwondo.

The updates include term limits – although terms served before the entry into force of the new constitution will not be factored into these limits – age limits, gender balance and stipulation as per the new constitution. of which at least two-thirds of the Council are elected.

Candidates for election must be 70 years or younger, unless they are incumbent, in which case the age limit is 80 years.

Nine members of the Council are also expected to be elected by the General Assembly.

Taekwondo players from Tonga, New Zealand and Australia competed in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics © Getty Images
Taekwondo players from Tonga, New Zealand and Australia competed in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics © Getty Images

The next World Taekwondo Oceania General Assembly is set for September 24 and will be held online.

A president, a senior vice-president, two vice-presidents, a general secretary, a treasurer, a member of the male council and two female members of the council must be elected remotely.

Applications must be received by August 14th.

John Kotsifas, an Australian, is the past president of World Taekwondo Oceania.

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