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The 1st World Taekwondo Beach Championships held in Rhodes island, Greece between 5-6 May 2017 are officially shortlisted for the Peace and Sports Awards 2017 in the category April6 Initiative of the Year category. The inaugural event was under the Auspices of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr Prokopios Pavlopoulos. It was organized by the World Taekwondo Europe, the South Aegean Region and the Municipality of Rhodes, while it is promoted by the World Taekwondo.

Opening new horizons for the sport of taekwondo, the opening ceremony of the championships was realized on 4th May at the recognized as World Heritage Monument Medieval city of Rhodes in an amalgam event of sport, culture and heritage. As part of the ceremony, the biggest White Card campaign also took place at the Bastion of Grand Master’s Palace, where all the athletes across the participating Nations of the event, literally opened a 400m2 white sheet as a symbolic move to celebrate the international day of sport for development and peace, a sign of the White Card movement demonstrating support for the peace through sport. Leveraging its impact to the actuals in need, in total 80 sheets were made by the original one, and were given to the children of the refugee camp in Rhodes.

Considering the winner of the award, the selection and announcement will be realized at the Peace and Sport Awards Ceremony that will take place on Thursday, 7 of December 2017 in the presence of H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco. Peace and Sport Awards Ceremony is one of the actions of the 10th edition of the Peace and Sport International Forum taking place from December 6th-8th 2017 in the Principality of Monaco. Being the only Forum in the world bringing together all the actors involved in the peace through sport movement, the event will gather more than 600 participants from 110 different countries.

The World Taekwondo Europe President and President of the Organizing Committee of the 1st World Taekwondo Beach Championships Sakis Pragalos stated: “The receipt of this nomination is more than rewarding. The 1st World Taekwondo Beach Championships Rhodes 2017 was a strong and powerful initiative for the world of Taekwondo, and the message of peace in its opening ceremony should also be aligned to this. Our constructive collaboration with the South Aegean Region and the municipality of Rhodes fulfilled the expectations of an exceptional organization and a totally new experience of taekwondo events. The White Card move was the ideal ‘curtain falls’ of the new era of taekwondo.”


Photo credits: Sakis Gioumpasis

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