The founder of the first civil structure in sport of Iran in a press conference in the office of Fars News Service, with stating that we are managing three separate organizations with a budget of around 50 million Tomans, said: Request of some federations for budget increasing is completely illogical. Haghshenas, who at present has the responsibility of the International Top Taekwondo Association, Iranian Martial Arts Professionals Union and Iranian Taekwondo Association, in this meeting pointed to different subjects which you can read as follow:

An atmosphere belonging to the public has not been defined for federations. Unfortunately, federations have separated themselves from people and a logical area as public formation has not been explained for them. But contrary to this, we, as the first legal non-governmental independent organization in countryís sport arena, have a public funds, which is completely secured by sports lovers. The technical structure of our formation is completely independent in such a manner that we have not taken even one coach from the Federation.

All our activities are done in a public organized formation. Holding around 50 terms of countryís and provincial championships, training around 500 coaches and referees and also starting legally the first world freestyle Taekwondo on 2001 and Iranian Martial Arts Professionals Union at the beginning of 2004 and separating their organizational structures all within an institutional management framework during last five years, have been done by absorbing public forces.

Without obtaining any budget I will make Taekwondo the champion of Olympic Games. The Physical Training Organization should consider with accuracy the operations of non-governmental centers and compare them with the federations. In 2002, I had also stated with the half of Taekwondo Federationís budget I would make Iran the champion. For the moment I say with entire frankness that with receiving no budgets, I will make this team the champion of Olympic Games.

For taking a club we encounter thousands of difficulties. Our Taekwondo team some time ago in Russia International Tournaments gained the vice champion place, after South Korea. All this has been done with a budget of 40 to 50 million Tomans secured by our capabilities for managing our three organizations. Of course we should disregard different sabotages of Taekwondo Federation for blocking our way. Even now for taking a sport club we have thousands of problems.

Federations are not in the right to receive the tuition fee from trainees. Federations besides enjoying the abundant governmental funds and attracting different sponsors, they receive also the tuition fee from all their referees, coaches and trainees, although they are not in the right to take it. For instance Shahid Kabakanian Club by itself is highly profitable for the Federation.

The Sport needs a fundamental reformation. Physical Training Organization should receive a clear financial operationsí report from federations, because in some of them some individuals earn salary whereas they spend a little time for that sport field or the chief who has no proficiencies in the sport field in which he has been reinstated in his post for years. For instance in martial arts having Dan, which sometimes is given by acquaintance, is not the proof of being expert. In provinces also I, myself, know chiefs of councils who have remained in their positions for more than 20 years and in fact have transformed their positions to a business.

In sport tastes are oppressing. In sport, acting on tastes basis is another complicacy which should be verified with care. Usually in some sports fields, their national teams are managed monopolistically and are limited to some special individuals. Generally, the experiences of the persons who with lots of efforts give trainees to national arenas are not used even as assistant coaches and it is natural to lose their motivations and leave the sport. Perhaps this was the subject which caused my separation from governmental sportive organizations and led me to the formation of a new family in countryís Taekwondo.

People who speak irresponsibly should know that heretofore such statements have been followed by heavy consequences. Therefore, they had better give up such unprofessional approaches. We will be glad to recollect the memoirs of the middle of 01ís decade.

We have no prevention for cooperating with Taekwondo Federation but the latter does not show any tendency for cooperation. During these years they were thinking if they boycott us we will be annihilated. Whereas, it was the Association which, as a private sector formation, with a legal permit dispatched for the first time a team and also established the first Taekwondo School. At present too, we have numerous attendants in each of our championship races, yet in Federationís competitions the number of attendants is much less.

We can see the changes of World Federation in Top Taekwondo.

When we started the Top Taekwondo style as the first freestyle Taekwondo, the Federation felt danger and protested against us to the World Federation. But now we can see that in this direction the World Federation has organized a rectification committee and is making this field more various. Refereeing changes, making the shiabchang smaller and using boxing gloves are some of the changes we have in Top Taekwondo as well. At present, in competitions, a good Taekwondo player cannot resist more than one round in front of a Top Taekwondo player.

Source: Niroo Weekly Magazine, No. 808, Wednesday 1/3/2006