I have served as Executive Council Member since 2017 up until recently. Since the very beginning I have committed to countless of hours of unpaid work and personal financial resources to support the organization.
I have always did my very best to serve the membership as best as I could. Whether Presidents, coaches, athletes or even parents, with many of you throughout the years I have developed amazing long lasting friendships.
I write to you in response to the PATU interim management committee (IMC) letter/ public statement of August 30th of 2021, sent by email and posted online by well known media outlets.
The statement was sent as a response to a “request for clarification”. The IMC used this window of opportunity to disseminate false information with the intent to damage my reputation ahead of the upcoming PATU Elections for the Vice President of North America, block Mr. Rick Shin from becoming the next president of PATU and blatantly breaching the confidentiality of the present World Taekwondo proceedings with respect to the ongoing appeal, but also violating Article 9 of the Code of Ethics publicly accusing me of mismanagement before I‘ve had an opportunity to defend myself.
On August 27th of 2021 IMC sent me a letter falsely accusing me that I have been communicating with the membership, divulging confidential information which may damage the good image of WT, then threatened me that it would publish information regarding the WT matter to the membership while at the same time demanding me to keep quiet. For the record: I have not been in communication with anyone to discuss these matters other than the parties involved, I have never made public statements nor social media post, direct messages, emails etc. and yet they did. As a result of their breach of confidentiality which I find reckless, quite a few of you reached out to ask questions, therefore I would like to clarify and respond to the IMC’s allegations mentioned in their “ clarification” :
As a the result of the abrupt resignation of President Choi, given the circumstances, In order for the continental union to operate properly, I was directed to establish a corporation under the name of World Taekwondo Panamerica Inc, establish a valid tax id as a temporary solution, with the intent to apply for a 501(c))3 status while the Interim President was actively pursuing the registration of the WTPA in Colombia to be in compliance with the PATU statutes Article 3.1. Every step of the way, the World Taekwondo and the PATU council members were aware and they were kept appraised.
Neither WT nor PATU Ex. Co have expressed concerns over the temporary corporation registered in Portland Oregon until now.
The IMC’s attempt to imply that I have engaged in misconduct is totally wrong and their “ Clarification” grossly misstates the facts. WT issued a preliminary suspension based on “ we believe” . It’s totally unjustified and I was never given the chance to respond, pending the outcome of an arbitration, which is yet to be scheduled. I am prepared to defend myself against the allegations and I have requested WT to do their due diligence and provide an expeditious hearing process that has to be fair and unbiased. They did not. It seems that WT and IMC’s intent is to drag this beyond the election day and they are doing their best to give me their notorious inter-departmental runaround. You know the drill.
The IMC has received my application to run in the upcoming elections but, unfortunately they have used the WT matter as an excuse to decline it. Is this a political stunt? Perhaps, but I will never cease to fight to clear my name, and expose their abuse of power.
George Celestino Hristescu