Special Report: Visit of Master Leonardo Oros Duek and the General Counsel of ITF to Kosovo

On March 7th, Master Leonardo Oros Duek, President of the European Taekwon-Do ITF Association (AETF), accompanied by Attorney Efraim Barak, General Counsel of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF), made a historic visit to Kosovo. The primary purpose of this trip was to hold meetings of great importance for the development of Taekwon-Do in the region.

During their stay, a notable meeting took place with Mr. Ismet Krasniqi, President of the Kosovo Olympic Committee. In this meeting, the atmosphere was cordial and productive. Master Oros Duek expressed his joy in informing that ITF Taekwon-Do is taking its first steps in Kosovo. Additionally, he presented the president with an ITF Booklet and a book on Adapted Taekwon-Do, showcasing the inclusivity and accessibility of this discipline to all individuals.

In addition to this crucial meeting, President Master Oros Duek met with Kosovo instructor Mr. Durim Lijak to discuss the future of ITF in the country. This conversation marks a significant step forward in strategic planning to strengthen the presence and impact of Taekwon-Do in Kosovo.

President Master Oros Duek and Mr. Barak also visited Mr. Durim Lijak’s dojang, where they had the honour of greeting local athletes. These athletes had demonstrated their skill by winning medals in an open tournament in Albania a few days prior. Master Oros Duek commended and congratulated them, recognizing them as the fundamental pillars of the emerging Taekwon-Do association in Kosovo.

The presence of Master Oros Duek and the General Counsel of ITF in Kosovo not only strengthens the ties between the local community and the international federation but also inspires and motivates Taekwon-Do practitioners in the country. It is hoped that this visit will further boost the growth and excellence of Taekwon-Do in Kosovo, promoting values of respect, discipline, and personal growth.

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