UN’s Ban gets black belt 聯合國秘書長潘基文獲頒黑帶

Wed, Jul 24, 2013 - Page 10

Representatives at the UN may think twice about crossing Ban Ki-moon in future after the secretary-general was awarded an honorary 10th degree black belt in the Korean martial art of taekwondo.

While it is unclear whether the 68-year-old Ban can break bricks with his bare hands, World Taekwondo Federation president Choue Chung-won said the awarding of the black belt reflected the common goals and values shared by the UN and the federation.

“I am delighted to have presented UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with our prestigious black belt,” Choue said in a statement.

“The black belt is a globally-recognized symbol of expertise across the martial arts and awarding it to the secretary-general represents how strongly matched the WTF’s values are with the UN.”

South Korean Ban, who succeeded Kofi Annan in the UN’s top job in 2007 and will serve through his second term until the end of 2016, praised the efforts of the federation, founded in 1973, to achieve peace through sport.

(Reuters)

在聯合國秘書長潘基文獲頒韓國武術跆拳道榮譽十段黑帶的殊榮後,世界各國代表今後在聯合國(總部)與潘基文錯身而過時,恐怕得三思而行。

儘管不清楚六十八歲的潘基文能否徒手劈磚,世界跆拳道聯盟主席趙正源說,頒發(潘基文)黑帶反映出聯合國與該聯盟共享的共同目的與價值。

趙正源在一份聲明中說:「我很高興頒發崇高的黑帶給聯合國秘書長潘基文。」

「黑帶是全球公認的武術技藝精湛的象徵,頒發(黑帶)給秘書長代表本會的價值與聯合國(的價值)極為吻合。」

來自南韓、二○○七年接下科菲‧安南的棒子成為聯合國秘書長、將繼續其第二任期直到二○一六年底為止的潘基文,讚許創立於一九七三年的跆拳道聯盟透過體育達成和平的努力。

(路透/翻譯:張沛元)