|TAEKWONDO FEDERATION OF INDIA - HISTORY :|
In the year 1975, Taekwondo was introduced in India by Grand Master Jimmy R. Jagtiani. On 2nd Aug. 1976, the Taekwondo Federation of India (TFI) was formed and established as a National Body of Taekwondo in India.On 2nd August 1977, the first anniversary of Taekwondo Federation of India was organized with a demonstration of high power techniques at the K.D. Singh Babu Indoor Stadium, Lucknow.
The students trained by Grandmaster Jimmy specially Mr. Inder Kumar Singh and Mr. Dinesh Kumar Singh both are Senior most student along with Police personals and others entered the Arena and enhanced the viewers by their superb performance, which was inaugurated by none other than the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, His Excellency Mr. Bum Suk Lee., and Dr. Banarsi Das Gupta was the Chief Guest.
The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) accorded affiliation to the Taekwondo Federation of India in 1978, the Asian Taekwondo Union (ATU) in 1982, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) in 1985 and the South Asian Taekwondo Federation (SATF) in 1994 respectively. The Department of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India also granted recognition of the Taekwondo Federation of India as an apex judicial and autonomous National body of Taekwondo in India in 1988.
The art of Taekwondo was introduced for the first time in the National Games held at New Delhi in the year 1985. The TFI arranged special demonstration by the Korean Experts in the premises of the Prime Minister’s resident, New Delhi on 17th March 1986. The Prime Minister late Hon’ble Rajiv Gandhi had witnessed the demonstration.
He was so impressed that he promised to extended all possible help to the Taekwondo Federation of India, resulting in recognition of the Taekwondo Federation of India in 1988 by the Department of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India with the authority to have its corresponding Units in all States and Union territories of India. The National Institute of Sports (N.I.S.) allowed scholarship benefits to the meritorious sports persons of Taekwondo.
The Government of India further allowed employment to the meritorious sports persons of Taekwondo against sports quota vacancies in relaxation of the direct recruitment rules. The Sports Authority of India (S.A.I) adopted Taekwondo in its syllabus for coaching Instructor and the Railway Department extended concession for the Taekwondo players participating in the National & State Taekwondo Championship.
The TFI granted affiliation to the Services Sports Control Board (S.S.C.B.) in 1990, the Taekwondo Academy of India in 1990, Army Sports Control Board (A.S.C.B.) in 1992, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), in 1995. The Taekwondo Academy of India (TAI) assigned to look after the technical matter such as promotion of Taekwondo philosophy, development of Techniques, Dan Promotion Test, Degree, produced National Instructor as per the curriculum of Kukkiwon, the World Taekwondo Headquarter, Korea. The Taekwondo Federation of India has its affiliated members Association in States/Union Territories/Boards with more than 2.0 Lakh enthusiasts who practice Taekwondo regularly.