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Rhodes, 15 December 2016


The 1st WTF Beach Poomsae Championships will be realized on 5-7 May 2017 on the historical island of Rhodes in Greece. Τhis world premiere of the new taekwondo style will attract the interest of the sporting world internationally and the numerous national teams that will participate from all around the world. Icing on the cake will be the picturesque host island of Rhodes. Located in the South Aegean region and specifically in the Dodecanese islands complex, it frames the ideal location for the event, since it is a crossroad between the east and the west within the Mediterranean Sea.


On the occasion of the event WTF Director-General Professor Yang Jin Bang assembled with the Vice Governor of the South Aegean region Marieta Papavasileiou, the ETU President Sakis Pragalos and the ETU Secretary-General Michael Fysentzidis, in order to visit the locations for the Championships and discuss the frame of partnership between WTF, ETU, ETANE, the South Aegean Region administration, the Municipality of the South Aegean and the rest local authorities.



WTF President Dr. Chongwon Choue noted: “The success of these Championships is very important, since it will mark the participation of WTF in San Diego 2019 ANOC WORLD BEACH GAMES. We are delighted that the event will be launched in such a historical and beautiful Greek island as Rhodes.”


Prior the event, the 13th ETU Poomsae Championships will be also realized on the island of Rhodes during 2-3 May 2017. “It is an honor to pass the torch of a major European Taekwondo event to the World Taekwondo and especially when it comes to the commencement of the 1st WTF Beach Poomsae Championships.” stated ETU President Sakis Pragalos and added: “At the same time it is important to give the opportunity to the National Teams to reduce their travelling cost, since all European National Teams can participate in both Championships."


Despite the fact that during the meeting the Governor of South Aegean region George Chatzimarkos was in Nisiros island to welcome the Greek Prime Minister, he noted: “The 1st WTF Beach Poomsae Championships is another major athletic event, which increases the quality of all the sports events, organized and supported by the Municipality of South Aegean. The development of sport tourism as a niche market, sets our strategic objective. The island of Rhodes is being established in the international sports world, as the ideal place to host prestigious sport events of international standards. The magnificent beaches and the welcoming weather will ensure the flawless conduction of the Championships and will endow the athletes and the fans that will visit the island, with an unforgettable experience. Such paramount global events as the 1st WTF Beach Poomsae Championships, will help Rhodes to reinforce the outreach of the international touristic movement, while communicating why it is worth visiting the islands of the South Aegean."


Professor Yang Jin Bang expressed his satisfaction regarding the suggested locations for the event. He also added that the 1st WTF Beach Poomsae Championships will be a spectacular event, unveiling a lot of surprises for all participants, that will establish a milestone pioneer for the sport of Taekwondo.


Co-organizer and supporter of the 1st WTF Beach Poomsae Championships in both infrastructure and labor expertise is the South Greek Taekwondo Union (ETANE).

The Secretary General of ETU and Vice President of ETANE Michael Fysentzidis stated: “It is an honor for us to be trusted with the organizational responsibility by the World Taekwondo Federation and the European Taekwondo Union. I am certain that the hospitality of Rhodes, will be proven the epitome of launching the WTF Beach Poomsae Championships and will set a partcipation record for the European Poomsae Championships.”


The Vice Governor of South Aegean region responsible for the department of tourism expressed her thoughts regarding the partnership: “The organization of these two (2) sport events is of paramount importance; especially since that they will be realized at the beginning of the touristic season. Apart from their sporting significance, the two events will also be a touristic attraction for all the visitors of the island, considered that the whole happening will be a unique spectacle right in the heart of the city of Rhodes.”


The island of Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese island complex. Administratively, the island forms a separate municipality  and is part of the South Aegean administrative region. Rhodes is known as The island of the Knights, named after the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, who once conquered the land.

Historically, Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and from which Colosseum in Rome was named after. The Medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. 


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Photo: (from left to right) Michael Fysentzidis ETU Secretary-General, Georgia Gatsis ETU General Director, Sakis Pragalos ETU President, Christos Efstratiou Political Safety Regional Councilor, Professor Yang Jin Bang WTF Director-General, Marieta Papavasileiou Vice Governor of South Aegean, Effie Zikouli ETU TV & Media Committee Chairwoman, Thomas Sotirlis President of the South Aegean Region Board, Pavlos Kazantzoglou Taekwondo Coach

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