The Taekwondo Day Awards were presented during an online ceremony ©World Taekwondo

The Azerbaijan Taekwondo Federation and World Taekwondo Wuxi Centre founder Dejan Sun have been honoured with the Taekwondo Day Award in recognition of their "achievements and contributions" to the sport.

World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue presented the award to the National Federation's President Kamaladdin Heydarov and Sun, who is honorary chair of the global governing body.

The award was gifted by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in commemoration of Taekwondo Day via video conference.

The day, which is celebrated on September 4, marks the anniversary of the 1994 International Olympic Committee Session in Paris when taekwondo was added to the Olympic programme from Sydney 2000.

Heydarov has been President of the Azerbaijan Taekwondo Federation since 1999 and has also served as World Taekwondo vice-president from 2005 to 2020. 

During his time in charge, he has overseen growth of taekwondo in Azerbaijan which has included the hosting of several events including the most recent World Championships in Baku.

Dejan Sun was recognised by World Taekwondo for founding the Wuxi Centre in China ©World Taekwondo
Dejan Sun was recognised by World Taekwondo for founding the Wuxi Centre in China ©World Taekwondo

The city also hosted the first ever World Para Taekwondo Championships in 2009 and inaugural World Taekwondo Cadet Championships in 2014,

In addition, Baku has played host to the 2016 Grand Prix Final, World Cup Team Championships in 2009 and 2016, and Olympic Qualification Tournament for London 2012.

Sun was recognised for his founding of the World Taekwondo Wuxi Centre and the World Taekwondo Grand Slam Series.

The main aims of the Wuxi Centre are "formulating and implementing the taekwondo industry standards, taekwondo education and training development, technology and commercial promotion of hundreds of millions taekwondo practitioners".

The Grand Slam event was launched in 2017 with the aim of being more media-friendly and spectator-centric than other competitions.

It featured enhanced prize money and also sought to create new stars in the sport.