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The 21st edition of the WTE European Junior Taekwondo Championships was excellently launched in Larnaka, Cyprus by the completion of the first competition day (02/11) at Kition Athletic Center.

During the first day of the event the Opening Ceremony was held, and it was honoured by the presence of the WTE President Sakis Pragalos and WTE Secretry-General Michail Fysentzidis, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, the Mayor of Larnaka city Andreas Byras, the President of Cyprus Sports Organization (CSO) Kleanthis Georgiades.

Present at the official ceremony were also the CSO Vice-President Dimitris Leontis, Kalli Chatziosif as Cyprus Ministry of Education & Culture representative among with the Cyprus Olympic Committee representatives, Sotos Trikomitis and George Papageorgiou and Foivos Zachariadesthe Advisor in Sports of the President of the Republic of Cyprus.

The opening speech was made by the President of the Cyprus Taekwondo Federation and President of the Organizing Committee Phoivos Christou who warmly welcomed all the officials and participants in the island of Cyprus and later the WTE President Sakis Pragalos took the floor.

 The WTE President in his turn also welcomed all the officials, delegates and athletes who traveled to the eastern side of Mediterranean to get experienced in the four-day event. During his speech, the WTE President Sakis Pragalos expressed his appreciation to the Cyprus Taekwondo Federation for undertaking a WTE event for third time and its President Phoivos Christou for his active contribution throughout all these years in Taekwondo.  

Continuing, he also added: “The European Junior Championships are significant for our sport, since, through participation, the young athletes earn priceless experiences in one of the major Taekwondo Championships, which benefit them to the adjustment of the sport procedures, the sport environment and overpass the stress of a competition. It is a step towards their professional Taekwondo career. Let the Championships begin the best way possible and let us prepare for even more high-level and elevated Taekwondo events ahead to come.”

Furthermore, H.E. the President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr. Nicos Anastasiades stated: “It gives us great pleasure and honor to host the Championships of the Olympic sport of Taekwondo. Having superior athletes here on the island of Cyprus it is a prodigious chance for us to present the sport of Taekwondo and the abilities we have in hosting such high-level events. We have a plan for the economic and cultural growth of the sports in Cyprus and thus these Championships are a milestone in our effort in that. Such activities in countries with the largeness of Cyprus are more than crucial and highlight our effectiveness and capability. “Concluding, H.E. the President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr. Nicos Anastasiades thanked the CTF President Phoivos Christou for the realization of this event.

The President of Cyprus Sports Organization (CSO) Kleanthis Georgiades during his speech mentioned that it is a privilege to host these elite events within the Island and also emphasized that CSO enormously supports the WTE Championships since it enhances the sports and tourism in Cyprus.  

 

 

On the occasion of the opening event, the WTE President Sakis Pragalos had the chance to award honorary prizes in appreciation to H.E. the President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, the Mayor of Larnaka city Andreas Byras, the President of Cyprus Sports Organization (CSO) Kleanthis Georgiades, the President of the CTF Phoivos Christou and to the CTF Vice-President Andros Christophi.

The WTE headship, WTE President Sakis Pragalos and WTE Secretry-General Michail Fysentzidis, received honorary prizes by the President of Cyprus Taekwondo Federation Phoivos Christou who also awardedH.E. the President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, thePresident of Cyprus Sports Organization (CSO) Kleanthis Georgiades and CTF Vice-President Andros Christophi.

 

 

 

The Cyprus Taekwondo Federation undertakes for third time a European Taekwondo Championship and proved once again to be both effective and well-organized, by providing a formal Opening Ceremony and first competition day under the greatest conditions.

The WTE European Junior Taekwondo Championships 2017 are sponsored by Cyprus Sports Organization (CSO), Municipality of Larnaka, Cyprus Organization of Tourism (KOT), OPAP Cyprus, DAEDO INTERNATIONAL, CYTA, RIK TV, Sodexo and G&E Thermosolar LTD.

The city of Larnaka welcomed totally 500 athletes from 41 countries around Europe and throughout the first day of action 122young athletes participated for a place on the winners’ podium. For the final results competition day 1 click on the following link:     

 

First Day- Final Results 

files/WTE JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017/DAY_1_FINAL_RESULTS.pdf

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