Commenting on his appointment, Usman said “This journey spanning over 25 years within World Taekwondo has been a testament to the unwavering encouragement and guidance extended to me by esteemed figures like Dr. Choue, World Taekwondo President, and the entire administration. Their backing has empowered me to foster development, strengthen global ties, and champion causes close to our hearts. From organising events across continents to aiding refugees and orphanages, supporting individuals with disabilities, and enhancing education for technical delegates, referees, and coaches, we’ve striven to transform Taekwondo into an all-inclusive sport, imbued with equity and diversity.
Also, my position as the Technical Director at the European Taekwondo Union has mirrored the dedication seen at World Taekwondo. Under the visionary leadership of Mr. Sakis Pragalos, our relentless pursuit to invigorate and propagate Taekwondo throughout Europe has been unmatched. Through hosting globally ranked events, facilitating training camps, and pioneering educational initiatives, we have laid an unprecedented foundation for the realisation of ETU’s mission. The shared trust and faith from both leaderships have been pivotal in elevating our sport and federation to paramount heights within the realm of IOC and IPC Sport federations.
All the above wouldn’t have been possible without the steadfast support of my own national federation, British Taekwondo, for their exceptional strategies on diversity and inclusion.