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      This March is dedicated to Taekwondo for the European region, as it started and will finish with two European championships. On February 28 and for 7th consecutive year, the European Taekwondo Clubs Championships were carried out successfully in Thessaloniki, Greece and lasted until 3 March. For 5 days, Alexandrio Melathro (Nick Galis Hall) hosted over 1500 athletes from 349 clubs from 39 countries and totally 363 officials attended the event, confirming that the dynamic of the championship continues to grow stronger. The Organizing Committee of the event, the Taekwondo Union of Northern Greece, took the event relay from the Turkish Taekwondo Federation which had been hosting the event for the past 6 years, and showed its competency in the organization of such a massive European event.


       Accrediting its overall performance, the OC during the opening and welcoming speeches of the event also awarded the World Taekwondo Europe General Director Georgia Gatsis for her valuable and versatile contribution to the development of taekwondo, while she noted: “I want to express my gratitude for this recognition, which actually acts as motive for me, to keep working, keep evolving and giving back to taekwondo family all that I have received throughout the years in appreciation of holding this reward. The European Clubs Championships turned out to be a big initiative from Taekwondo Europe seven years ago, acting as a proof of the dynamic of the Taekwondo clubs. I am very happy that this event, as the previous ones continue to evolve in success and their outcome is appreciated by the taekwondo family.


       After the completion of Clubs Championships, on 21st March the Multi European Games in Sofia, Bulgaria are launched which will last until the 24th. Despite being among the newest European championships, the event has already made a statement of its strong activity and progress, as the participating athletes who are currently over 1600, establish the event as a milestone for European Taekwondo. The Multi European Games is an event that can actually be characterized as a Taekwondo festival gathering athletes from both Kyorugi and Poomsae of all age Categories and this is what makes it stand out.
      What is more, this year, the event of ‘Power Breaking’ has also been introduced in the Multi Games, including several competition events and showing the ambition and objective of evolving the Multi Games as a celebration of taekwondo, where anyone who practices taekwondo will have the opportunity to join in and participate. Worth to mention that the Multi European Games also give the quota for athletes to qualify to the European Poomsae Championships 2019 and the Olympic Weight Categories Championships, which levels up both the participation and the magnitude of the championships.
    During April, European Taekwondo events continue with the 14th European Taekwondo Championships and the inaugural European Taekwondo Beach Championships 2019 that are both hosted in Antalya, Turkey on 2-4 April and 6th April, respectively.


Photos: Lefos Pg - Blakleon Photography



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