Catharina Choi Nunes, the 2015 Miss World Brazil, was appointed as a goodwill ambassador of the World Taekwondo Federation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 13, 2015.
Choi Nunes, 25, was presented with an appointment plague by WTF President Chungwon Choue in a ceremony held at the office of the Brazilian Taekwondo Federation.
Choi Nunes is currently practicing taekwondo in Sao Paulo and hopes to become a black-belt holder before the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
In her acceptance speech, Choi Nunes expressed her appreciation for being appointed as a goodwill ambassador of the World Taekwondo Federation and committed to promoting taekwondo in Brazil leading up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
WTF President Choue hoped the appointment would help spread taekwondo in Brazil and encourage gender equality in the sport.
“Sport presentation and spectator engagement are key objectives of the WTF. She will play a great role in this effort, together with the WTF Demonstration Team during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games,” Choue said.
In July 2015, the WTF had appointed “2014 Miss USA” Nia Sanchez as a goodwill ambassador.
Prior to the appointment ceremony, WTF President Choue met with Carlos Nuzman, president of the Brazil Olympic Committee and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Organizing Committee, at the office of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee.
At the meeting, Nuzman congratulated Choue on his leadership in raising the level of sportive taekwondo. Calling taekwondo “dynamic and fast,” he said it benefitted from well managed refereeing systems and advanced technology. “Taekwondo is doing what other martial arts have not done, and many others are now following the success of taekwondo,” he added.
Choue thanked Nuzman for his continued support for taekwondo and committment to the success of the taekwondo competitions at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
“After its great success at the London 2012 Olympic Games, taekwondo has further evolved with positive changes such as the new shape of the competition area, improved gender equality in technical officials and the introduction of electronic headgear,” Choue said.