Early in the morning on Tuesday 2 October 2017, Dr. Kim Un Yong, former Vice President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), passed away, at the age of 86 years old. Born in 1931, Dr. Un-Yong joined IOC in 1986 where he was established as one of the most powerful figures within the organisation. He actually played an active and vital role in helping Seoul win the hosting of Summer Olympic Games Seoul 1988. In 2001, he was also shortlisted for the IOC presidency. He actively remained withing the IOC until May 2005 when he resigned.
He was the founding President of the World Taekwondo, and of the South Korean national Olympic committee as well. Kim was among the ones responsible for helping taekwondo become an Olympic sport. He was responsible for having taekwondo as a demonstration sport in both Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games. Among his highlights was his achievement of joining the South Korean and North Korean athletes at the opening ceremony martch of the 2000 Sydney Summer Games. He resigned from World Taekwondo President in 2004, where he gave his position to former World Taekwondo Europe Honorary President Dr. Sun Jae Park.
Kim has also served as President of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) and President of the Pusan 2002 Asian Games Organizing Committee.
He will be missed by the taekwondo family, which is thankful for everything he offered to the sport all these years in an international level. Our hearts and minds go out to the children and family of Dr. Un Yong Kim.