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Saturday, 10 September 2016

 

Under a formal ceremony and in a commemoratory atmosphere, the European Taekwondo Union celebrated the 40 years of its history. On the occasion of the ETU 7th European Taekwondo Cadet Championships 2016, the special night was also hosted in Bucharest, Romania.

The ETU Executive Board, the ETU Council members and the Member National Association officials honored the event with their presence.

Many top European taekwondo athletes were also present, ETU partners, distinctive journalists and media to cover the special night.

 

The presentation of the Anniversary Gala was conducted by John Cullen, who opened the night with the wishes by the WTF President Dr. Choue and continued the welcome speech of the ETU Secretary General Michail Fysentzidis, who stated: “I am proud that Taekwondo possesses such a big number of athletes in so many European countries, many of them being among the strongest of the sport in international scale. I am proud that there are currently 17 European Open Championships of elevated athletic and competition level, setting this number the highest across the world. The European athletes are accountable as competitors in world and Olympic level and this is a result of the effort of each national federation.”

 

The presentation continued by announcing the prize categories. The athletic prizes were awarded by the ETU President Sakis Pragalos for the following athletes:

 

Gold Olympic Medallists from Sydney 2000 until Rio 2016:

Jade Jones (GBR)- London 2012, Rio 2016

Mouroutsos Michail (GRE) – Sydney 2000

Molfetta Carlo (ITA) – London 2012

Tazegul Servet (TUR) – London 2012

Mandic Milica (SRB) – London 2012

Gonzalez Bonilla Joel (ESP) – London 2012

Isaev Radik (AZE) – Rio 2016

 

Top female/male athlete in the European Senior Championships (most gold medals)

Coral Bistuer (ESP) 5 MEDALS

Geremia Di Constanzo (ITA) 5 MEDALS & Servet Tazegul (TUR) 5 MEDALS

 

Top female/male athlete in the European Senior Championships (most medals)

Gwladys Epangue (FRA) 7 MEDALS (3 Gold/3 Silver/1 Bronze)

Magomedov Seifula (RUS) 7 MEDALS (4 Gold/1 Silver/2 Bronze)

 

Top athletes in Poomsae Championships

Kim Kim Laura (ESP)

Joel Van Der Weide (NED)

 

Special Awards

Brigida Yagüe Enrique (ESP) (Triple European Champion)

 

Unique Records

Zaninovic Lucija and Ana (CRO)

For first time in taekwondo history, twin sisters managed to win gold medals in the same sport event. (European Taekwondo Senior Championships BAKU 2014).

 

Mouroutsos Michail (GRE)

He earned the 1st Gold Olympic Medal in the Olympic history of Taekwondo (Sydney 2000) and he was the only Gold Olympic Medallist in Europe for 12 years, until London 2012.

 

To those who could not be present at the Anniversary, the award was received by an official of their national federation.

 

Four awards were also given to the Member National Associations by the ETU Secretary General– to Great Britain for holding the 1st place in Olympic Ranking in Europe, to Turkey for having hosted the most ETU events, to Spain for hosting the 1st European Taekwondo Tournament in history (1976) and for honoring the first ETU presidency from Spain and to Romania for being the Anniversary Gala host country.

 

Also important ETU personalities were also honored with an award for their contribution, such as WTF Vice President and President of African Taekwondo Union General Ahmed Fouly and the ETU Deputy President Phivos Christou.

 

The ETU Secretary General Michael Fysentzidis awarded the most active referees:

Sotiriadou Antonia (GRE)

Elizaveta Tarasevich (RUS)

Loizou Panikos (CYP)

Argoubi Mohammed (NED)

 

Daedo International – proud sponsor of Rio 2016 and gold sponsor of the ETU 40 Years Gala was also awarded for its support in all ETU events and championships.

 

ETU also awarded the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) for their partnership and Mrs. Effie Zikouli - Chairwoman of ETU TV & Media Committee for the first live TV broadcasting in European Championships in the history of Taekwondo sport (Baku, Azerbaijan 2014).

 

The prizes continued with AIPS Europe and the award was received by the AIPS Europe President Ioannis Daras and the AIPS Europe Secretary General Charles Camenzuli and on the occasion of the event hosted in Romania, the President of the Romanian Sport Journalists Association Dumitru Graur was also awarded.

 

The awarding ceremony came to an end after ETU President Sakis Pragalos was awarded by the ETU Honorary President Park Soo Nam along with the Saudi Arabian Taekwondo Federation Technical Chairman and ETU Deputy Secretary General Usman Dildar. The 40 years of ETU event was also honored by WTF Vice President and African Taekwondo Union President General Ahmed Fouly who also awarded the ETU President. Mr Sakis Pragalos also received awards by the representatives of Belarusian Taekwondo Federation and AIPS Europe.

 

The festal night continued with the anniversary cake, many pictures and cocktails and wishes for 40 years and more, of development and prosperity in the sport of Taekwondo across Europe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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