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Hubert Leuchter was a taekwondo legend: Hugely successful but always humble. 100 Percent committed to our sport, but never thinking about his personal advantage. On February 21 he passed away after a long illness. He was 71 years old. In his younger years Hubert Leuchter was a fighter of international standing: At the second World Championships 1975 in Seoul he won bronze after he lost against the Korean Son Tae Hwan in the semifinal. Never did he talk about an opponent with anything else than fairness and respect. “He won deservedly, he was just faster than me”, he said later.  At the first ever European Championships 1976 in Barcelona he won third place, in 1978 in Munich he became European Champion. In 1979 he took part in the World Championships in Sindelfingen/Germany and won bronze again. He was already 30 then, but still feared for his high kicks, namely his Naeryo Chagi. In the 1980ies he quit fighting but remained in Taekwondo as a coach. With his knowledge, his passion, and his integrity, he left a lasting impression on countless players as well as younger colleagues. He was an honorary member of World Taekwondo Europe. Hubert Leuchter was one of the taekwondo greats and a loveable and sincere person. He will be sorely missed




G4 Senior European Championships
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Dear friends,

The past year has been one of the most difficult years we have seen in modern history.
Many people around the world has been suffering from the Corona COVID-19 virus. Also in Europe, many people face tragedy and dispair. It is my sincere hope that this new year will bring hope and prosperity to all mankind.

With great sadness we heard about the news of the passing of our good and beloved friend, General Ahmed Fouly. General Fouly was not only a good friend, but also an inspiring leader. Under his devoted leadership, Taekwondo in Afrika was not only flourishing but made also giant leaps forward. But above all, General Fouly was an amazing and loving family man. We all wish his wife, children and grandchildren strenght in these difficult times.

The previous year was also very challenging for our organization and our members. Our core business was all of a sudden stopped, our revenues evaporated and we had to rethink our strategy. From March on, our events were cancelled and only in November and December we were able to host events in compliance with health and safety precautions guaranteeing the safety of our athletes, coaches and officials.

With our motto “ Innovations in Motion”, our team developped online competitions and together with our elite athletes we offered our members activities in an online environment. Together with WT, we also were able to host multiple online educational courses for our coaches, referees and officials.

With the start of 2021, we are all looking forward to the Tokyo Olympic. With the vaccines been distributed all over the world, we hope that we can celebrate the Olympic Games in the upcoming summer. We have made all preparations to provide our athletes the best possible pathway to reach their Olympic dreams.

I am very proud that we have secured a place for our sport in the program of the 2023 European Games. This would never has been possible with the efforts of our Vice-president,secretary general and the Council members and the Mnas Presidents. Their lobby with their contacts at the EOC and NOCs has brought us this amazing result. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all who helped us achieving this important milestone.

To all athletes, coaches, referees and officials I would like to say the following: stay positive for the future! We will continue to work for you, to provide you with the best events and education and we will create an atmosphere in which you can reach your goals and ambitions.

I would like to express my sincere appreciation to dr. Choue for his visionary leadership in these difficult time. The ties between WT and WTE has never been stronger and for that I am very thankful.

Finally, I wish you and your love ones a loving, healthy and above all a successful 2021!


Sakis Pragalos




The European Olympic Committees (EOC) is pleased to announce the first three sports that have been officially confirmed from the previously announced provisional list of sports, that will make up a comprehensive and varied sports programme, including a number of Olympic Sports, for the European Games Kraków-Małopolska 2023.

Canoe, Taekwondo and Modern Pentathlon have been officially included for the third edition of the Games, considered a major stepping stone for Europe’s best athletes en route to the following year’s Olympic Games, in this case Paris 2024.

“We are delighted that the first three sports to be officially added to Kraków-Małopolska will also be at the Olympic Games 2024 in Paris,” said chair of the EOC Coordination Commission for the 2023 European Games Hasan Arat (TUR). “Their inclusion on the programme will offer valuable Olympic qualification opportunities for our European athletes.”

Commenting on the individual sports, EOC Sports Director Peter Brüll highlighted the key benefits of inclusion at the European Games. “Canoe Slalom as well as Modern Pentathlon will make their debuts at the European Games and both sports will act as European Championship events offering qualification opportunities for Paris.”

It will be the second appearance at the Games for Taekwondo, which featured as part of the sports programme in Baku 2015, and will offer the highest number of ranking points for aspiring Olympians at any continental event.

Jozef Liba (SVK), one of two deputy chairs on the EOC’s Coordination Commission, has been tasked with the responsibility of negotiating with the Federations for the make-up of the sports programme.

“We know that it has been a difficult year for federations, and we are very pleased with the discussions and the interest that we have had from sports looking to be a part of the programme in 2023,” Liba said. “It shows the great value that these Games have, and we are looking forward to continued discussions with a number of other federations and announcing more sports for Kraków-Małopolska in the coming weeks.”

Ongoing negotiations continue with the European Federations that have already signed MoUs as well as the others on the provisional sports programme, and all agreements are expected to be finalised by the end of the year.



121 coaches from 13 countries : Belarus, France, Germany, India, Kazakhstan, Korea, Lithuania, Moldova, Palestine, Timor-Leste, Tunisia , Turkey , Ukraine, Uzbekistan and 87 coaches from Russia participated at the firstWT (level 2) coach certification course in Russian language.





Registration for WT ONLINE International Coach Certification Course [Level II] - WTE (English) – January 7-9 course is now LIVE in GMS. 

WT GMS Members can log in from WT GMS home page, go to COURSES widget and register using the following link: https://worldtkd.simplycompete.com/

The attached documents are all  available on GMS for members to view although the Textbook materials document will only be available to members that have registered and paid for the course.


Official Outline Coach Certification Course WT LEVEL II

 WT Coach Course WTE (L2) infographic

 House Keeping Rules for WT Online Coach Courses  Level II


This is the last chance for CU  Coach Licence holders with validation 2020 or beyond, to participate directly in LEVEL II.
Missing this opportunity  all members from  1/1/2021 will have to start the Education from LEVEL I , except if you have coached at a WT Promoted event in 2019.