The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) Grand Prix Final held in Baku in Azerbaijan concluded with a powerful message of support for the "Peace through Sport" movement which saw every medallist hold up a white card on the podium.
Designed as a symbolic gesture of commitment to peace efforts worldwide, the white card shows support for the International Day of Sport for Peace.
The "White Cards for Peace" initiative is run by the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation’s (THF) partner, Peace and Sport.
It started in 2014 as an interactive campaign on social media to raise awareness for sport activities, as a means to promote peace and development around the world.
The WTF signed an agreement with Peace and Sport in November, which will see the organisations join forces to promote the sport around the world as a tool for social development.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by WTF President Chungwon Choue and Peace and Sport founder and President Joel Bouzou, during the organisation's annual Forum in Monaco.
The agreement, which will last five years, means both parties will commit to "promote peace, social cohesion and coexistence, and to improve living conditions through taekwondo".
It also encourages education, training and responsibility among youth through taekwondo practice, and calls for cooperation between both organisations.
"The Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF) and the WTF are dedicated to supporting this important initiative," said President Choue.
"By mobilising around the 'Peace Through Sport' movement, the global taekwondo family shows its commitment to doing good through the sport they love."
Convinced that sport is a barrier-breaking tool to foster inclusion, respect and world citizenship, the WTF and THF have, since 2015, been developing and operating programmes to empower refugees and displaced persons worldwide through the sport and martial art of taekwondo.