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Ali Sağirkaya: “Cadet athletes should compete by height divisions”

MasTKD interviewed Ali Sağirkay at the Grand Prix Final 2018 Fujairah, when Turkey got the MasTKD award of best female athlete of the year and best female team of the year. The following interview is written by Alex Siliezar and reposted from MasTKD.

 

After research of more than a thousand athletes, the European leader and Auditor from WT Ali Sağirkaya from Turkey, will present his project results at the Council Meeting that will be carried out on December 5th in Moscow, Russia.

Europe has always been a world power in Taekwondo, with many Olympic medalists, and having a strong organization that has allowed them to achieve success in everything they set up on their pathway. MasTKD.com had the opportunity to talk in exclusive with Mr. Ali Sağirkaya from Turkey, who has been working with Turkish Taekwondo Federation, Taekwondo Europe, and the World Taekwondo for many years, and has achieved many special moments for Taekwondo at his long and successful career.

 

Europe has been growing a lot, and has been having many events of great level, what is your opinion about it?

Europe has a great leader first of all and a wonderful team working behind. All team we take care about Europe and take care of European athletes’ performance. Almost every day we are a team, we are communicating and spending time on new projects. These all good efforts and good jobs have been seen by MNA’s and with their happiness, their big and strong support we are going to the future with confidence.

What do you think about de WTE program Generation 24?

Gen 24 project will bring a target for young athletes and direct them to achieved the first step of victory.

Talking about WT, do you agree that the institution is at its best moment now?

I believe that we are at the best moment of all times, but never is enough, so we will keep working hard in order to see our beloved sport and martial art at the top of everything.

 

 

After many years working with WT, what do you think is the greatest strength of the institution?

Under the leadership of our president Dr. Chungwon Choue, he is working in the same path to keep Taekwondo at the Olympic program, and giving to all the people around the world the chance to practice a martial art with the best management, that is why one of the things I believe is one of the greatest strengths is the fair management and transparency.

Talking about Turkey, what do you think that is the secret to keep the team, at so high level all the time?

Professional and teamwork behind all levels of national teams. We take care of every practitioner in Turkey, no matter the age because the kids are always the Olympic medals of the future.

How do you see Europe for Tokyo 2020?

l think Europe will be the most successful continent in terms of medals for those Olympic Games because as I said, we have been working together and very close to each other to warranty the success of our athletes.

How do you see Turkey for Tokyo 2020?

we are on the way to go with the biggest participation of athletes ever from Turkey and hopefully most medals too.

What is the research you have been doing?

I have been working for cadet athlete’s height categories (SAĞIRKAYA METHOD) for more than 10 months and finally, I finish my research and will bringing out to the council meeting Moscow, Russia on December 5th. I measured more than 1000 athletes from more than 80 countries and proudly I can say that we will save our children’s health with this project and won’t have more extremely rapid weight loss and no more obesity at our Cadet athletes. I believe this will be a very historic step forward for World Taekwondo.

 

Source: MasTKD

 

 

 

(Photo from left to right: Jeon Dong JIN, Kang Jong KIL, Hellenic Taekwondo Federation President Nikos Thomaidis, WTE Secretary-General Michael Fysentzidis, WTE President Sakis Pragalos, Moon Dae SUNG, Kim Yong HYUN)

 

A delegation of taekwondo prime personalities visited taekwondo Europe’s office and met with the presidency. On the occasion of a series of taekwondo educational seminars, Taekwondo Europe welcomed some of the people who have left their mark in the sport of taekwondo and continue to write its history.

Among was the famous taekwondo Olympic Champion (Athens 2004) and World Taekwondo Champion (Alberta 1999), along with Master Jeon Dong Jin, Taekwondo Master of Dong-A University in Busan, South Korea, and a strong background in taekwondo education with a large number of educational activities including coaching and training seminars in his assets.     

Also present was Master Kang Jong KIL, South Korea Gold Medalist (1982), gold medalist in World Taekwondo Military Championships, and former coach for national teams of Romania, Greece and Germany, and the promising Kim Yong HYUN, national champion of South Korea and Yong In University student. The assembly was completed with the presence of the Hellenic Taekwondo Federation President Nikos Thomaidis and Mr. Alekos Gotsis, former taekwondo coach of the national team of Greece.

During the meeting with WTE President Sakis Pragalos and WTE Secretary-General Michael Fysentzidis, they discussed further the educational aspect of taekwondo and the importance of supplementary educational courses, seminars and activities that will assist in upgrading the soft skills of taekwondo coaches and athletes, and will help build up a holistic taekwondo education and knowledge in both Kyorugi, Poomsae and their rooted interdependency.

In a pleasant and prosperous atmosphere with recalls on major taekwondo moments of the past, the two parties renewed their meeting and further feedback on their upcoming taekwondo activities for the taekwondo family.

(Photo from left to right: Kim Yong HYUN, Moon Dae SUNG, Alekos Gotsis, WTE President Sakis Pragalos, Kang Jong KIL, Jeon Dong JIN)

 

 

 

Random Weigh-in is conducted according to WT rules.

On each competition day, the randomly selected athletes are announced on Taekwondo Europe website and Facebook page (@tkdeurope).

The buses will depart at 07:00 hrs from the hotels to the sports hall with all randomly selected athletes.

The athletes selected for the Random Weigh-in must be at the venue at 08:00 hrs.
The Random Weigh-in procedure will be realized daily between 08:00-08:30 hrs.
Heavyweight categories are excluded.

Random Weigh-in Olympic Weight Categories European Championships - Competition Day 2

 

 

Random Weigh-in is conducted according to WT rules.

On each competition day, the randomly selected athletes are announced on Taekwondo Europe website and Facebook page (@tkdeurope).

The buses will depart at 07:00 hrs from the hotels to the sports hall with all randomly selected athletes.

The athletes selected for the Random Weigh-in must be at the venue at 08:00 hrs.
The Random Weigh-in procedure will be realized daily between 08:00-08:30 hrs.
Heavyweight categories are excluded.

Random Weigh-in Youth Olympic Weight Categories / European Masters Championships - Competition Day 3

 

 

The draw lots of European Open Masters European Championships 2019 are now available:

Drawsheets - Day 1

 

 

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