On 8th February’ 2011 for the first time in India an International Taekwondo Festival’ 2011 with KUKKIWON
(World Taekwondo Head Quarters) took place at Sarat Sadan, Howrah Maidan, Howrah. Great Sports Personality
of USA Grand Master Gerard Robbins, Executive Director, Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame® inaugurated the
Festival in presence of the Great Taekwondo Personality Grand Master Youn Kook Park, Head of the Kukkiwon
Team & Director of Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Head Quarters), Grand Master Kwang-Mun Ko, Section Chief,
Asian & Pacific Division, Overseas Strategy Team, quite a number of dignitaries like Hon’ble Ministers namely Sri-
Abdur Rezzak Molla, Dr. Srikumar Mukherjee, Sri Kshiti Goswami, Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya, President, INTUC,
Eminent Academicians, Bureaucrats, Senior Police Officers, Players, Youth & Children were present.

    Film Star Mainak Banargee, Pradipta Kumar, Roy,Taekwondo Hall of Fame Exec. Dir. Gerard Robbins, Ruma Roy Chowdhury
    and Manas Kumar Roy, Pres. of Roy'sTaekwondo Academy
during the press conference at the Kolkata Press Club

For the first time in India, the greatest exponents of Taekwondo from Kukkiwon, World Taekwondo Headquarters,
Seoul, Republic of Korea gave dazzling Taekwondo demonstration before enthralled audience. It is to be mentioned it
is their first show in India. They responded to the request of Mr. Pradipta Kumar Roy, Inductee, Taekwondo Hall of
Fame® & Roy’s Taekwondo Academy to come to India with a view to promoting & popularizing Taekwondo in India.
It has been possible because of the assistance of the Govt. of West Bengal & Collaboration of Howrah Municipal

They gave nine Certificates of Appreciation & Memento from Kukkiwon, World Taekwondo Headquarters to some
notable personalities for the first time for their contribution in promoting Taekwondo in India. They are:

1) Mr. Pradipta Kumar Roy, Inductee, Taekwondo Hall of Fame ®
2) Smt. Ruma Roy Chowdhury, Inductee, Taekwondo Hall of Fame ®
3) Dr. Palash Sarkar, Former National Player & Professor, Indian Statistical Institute
4) Mr. Nilava Biswas, International Player
5) Mr. Abdur Razzak Molla, Hon’ble Minister in Charge, L & LR, Govt. of W. B.
6) Mr. Pradip Bhattacharya, President, INTUC, West Bengal.
7) Dr. Srikumar Mukherjee, Hon’ble Minister of State in Charge, Govt. of W. B.
8) Mr. Manas Kumar Roy, President of Roy’s Taekwondo Academy.
9) Mr. Tridib Bhattacharya, Senior Correspondent, Akash Bangla.

On behalf of Roy’s Taekwondo Academy Mementoes were given to the Great Sports Personalities of USA &
Republic of Korea & also other Guests. Mr. Gerard Robbins of USA & Mr. Youn Kook Park of KUKKIWON
appreciated this endeavour and assured that they would extend all assistance to Roy’s Taekwondo Academy in
future in promoting & Popularizing Taekwondo in India.

Kukkiwon Director GM Youn Kook Park greeting spectators folllowing the 2011
inauguration ceremony and spectacular demonstration by the Kukkiwon Demo Team
Mr. Abdur Razzak Molla, Hon’ble Minister in
Charge, Land & Land Reform, Govt. of  W.B.

On 9th February’ 2011 Mr. Gerard Robbins and also the Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters) team
were invited by Dr. Bimal Roy, Director, Indian Statistical Institute to visit Indian Statistical Institute for introduction of
Taekwondo in Indian statistical Institute (ISI). They gave a short demonstration before students, academicians & other
officials of ISI. Great Taekwondo Personality Grand Master Youn Kook Park, Head of the Kukkiwon Team & Director
of Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Head Quarters) assured the ISI Authorities all support from the World Taekwondo
Body in introducing & developing Taekwondo.

  Members of the elite Kukkiwon demonstration team share a relaxing mpment with GM Gerard Robbins at the
  Indian Statistical Institute (ISI)

Grand Master Gerard Robbins & Grand Master Youn Kook Park also discussed with r. Srikumar Mukherjee.
Hon’ble Minister of State in Charge, Civil Defence & Mr. Pradipta Kumar Roy, Inductee, Taekwondo Hall of Fame®
& Secretary, International Taekwondo Festival Committee’ 2011 & General Secretary, Roy’s Taekwondo Academy
and assured Kukkiwon’s all kinds of support & assistance in developing Taekwondo in India.

Grand Master Youn Kook Park also offered all assistance both technical & administrative for developing Roy’s
Taekwondo Academy – an Academy of International Standards. They will arrange special training for the budding
Taekwondo players of Roy’s Taekwondo Academy at Kukkiwon – World Taekwondo Head Quarters, Seoul,
South Korea. & will send from time to time Expert Instructors to impart training on the Taekwondo Players of India
through Roy’s Taekwondo Academy. They also stated in the present World scenario Taekwondo Players have
enough job opportunities in the World.

On 10th February’ 2011 a Cultural Programme with Indian Classical Dances was held at ICCR (Under Ministry of
Culture, Govt. of India) Hall 1 in honour of the Great US Sports Personality of the World Grand Master Gerard Robbins,
Executive Director, Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame®.

On 12th February’ 2011 World Famous Sports Personality of USA Mr. Gerard Robbins, Executive Director, Official
Taekwondo Hall of Fame® held an impromptu Press Conference. He told the media representatives that India can move
ahead in Taekwondo rather in all sports if the young boys & girls with promise are groomed in a systematic manner with
rigorous training. He stated that both he himself & Kukkiwon are impressed at the functioning of Roy’s Taekwondo
Academy led by Mr. Pradipta Kumar Roy, Inductee, Taekwondo Hall of Fame®. Though Taekwondo is very popular in
many countries including USA & is played in 192 Countries of the World, India with a huge population is lagging. Yet India
has turned out to outstanding Taekwondo Players namely Mr. Pradipta Kumar Roy & Smt. Ruma Roy Chowdhury who
have achieved the highest honour in sports by way of induction into Taekwondo Hall of Fame ®. He mentioned Hall of
Fame is elected on the basis of research on the performance of a Player and that of the other successful players. Their
competitive performance along with their integrity of character is put to strict scrutiny before deciding upon the eligibility
to be inducted into Hall of Fame. In fact because of them myself & Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters) visited
India for the first time because Kukkiwon very selectively visit countries and because of my busy schedule I visit countries
rarely. Kukkiwon very much appreciated their endeavour to develop & disseminate Taekwondo in India and assured themt
hey would give render them all assistance in setting up a Taekwondo College under Roy’s Taekwondo Academy.

Since Kukkiwon assured Pradipta that Kukkiwon will arrange training of Taekwondo Players & also give them job
opportunities on completion of training.

Grand Master Gerard Robbins expected with media support within India and with International support from Kukkiwon &
Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame® India will be able to more players like Pradipta Kumar Roy & Smt. Ruma Roy
Chowdhury. After Press Conference he left for USA on 12th February’ 2011 itself.

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