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DTU President Stefan Klawiter and Secretary-General Andreas Rahn visited the WTE office in Athens.
They met with Taekwondo Europe’s President Sakis Pragalos and Secretary-General Michael Fysentzidis.

During the meeting, different issues were discussed. The DTU officials confirmed their support of WTE and both the German as well as the WTE officials are looking forward to a constructive cooperation between the 2 organizations.

 
 
The New Quota Allocation system at WTE events has been approved after the final closing of the MNA's e-voting.
The Quota Allocation system will be valid at all WTE European Championships and will be effective as of the year 2020.
The directives voted upon include decisions regarding the MNA quota places per weight division, the direct qualification of athletes, specific rules applying to cadet and junior/senior weight divisions, as well as the quota places obtained in non-Olympic weight divisions.
 
In the following annex, you may find the complete Quota Allocation at WTE European Championships, listing and elaborating on the different regulations that apply in specific cases.
 
Quota Allocation at WTE European Championships (effective from 2020) 
 

 

 

During the Swedish National Sports Meeting on Sunday 26 May 2019, Mr. Ferenc Böö was awarded RF's merit sign for his longlasting work of over 40 years in Swedish Taekwondo. The specific prize is the highest honor that can be achieved within the National Sports Association in Sweden.

Mr. Böö has been involved in European Taekwondo for several decades and the entire European Taekwondo Family highlights the importance of having such dedicated and qualified people within the European Taekwondo and cordially congratulates him for the award!

 

 

 

 

Just the year before the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the World Taekwondo Championships reveal a clearer image of the athletes that will compete in the Olympic Games.

From 15-19 May 2019, the city of Manchester was home to this milestone World Taekwondo event of the year. The 2019 Manchester World Taekwondo Championships, marked the 24th World Taekwondo Championships and was held in Manchester Arena, attracting close to 1000 athletes from 150 countries all over the world.

The opening ceremony of the event which was realized for the first time in UK, took place during the first competition day, where the World Taekwondo demonstration team performed, World Taekwondo President Dr. Choue wished the competitors luck during his speech, while also a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between World Taekwondo and International Judo Federation, bringing the two parts working together to promote peace through sport.

In total 64 medals were awarded to the top participants of the event from overall 16 competition categories. European Taekwondo proved for one more time after Muju 2017 its dominance and supremacy among the continents, as the overall medal acquisition for Europe was 43.75%; almost half of the medals.

In detail, United Kingdom counted in total 3 gold and 1 bronze medals, Russia followed with 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medals and Turkey with 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.

Worth also to mention that Azerbaijan and Italy also claimed a gold medal, while also Spain stood out with 1 silver and 1 bronze medals, Greece with 1 silver, Croatia with 4 bronze and France with 2 bronze medals, while Belgium, Germany, Latvia and Portugal attained 1 bronze medal each.

The final team ranking for men finds Russia in the top 3 after South Korea and followed by China, while United Kingdom, Azerbaijan and Italy follow in the next 3 places.

In women, United Kingdom stood out in the top 3 after South Korea and China, while also Turkey, Croatia and Russia have also a place in the top 10 listing. and World Champions from countries within the European region and Croatia standing out in medals.

The world champions from the European region confirm the European MNAs’ work to develop the sport and is a fact that taekwondo athletes from counties of Europe are a major part of the World Taekwondo elite of athletes, acting as both ambassadors and figureheads of the sport worldwide.

After the World Taekwondo Championships, the G4 European Taekwondo Championships and the European Qualification Tournament and the European Senior Taekwondo Championships that will follow in 2019 and early 2020, will be the ones that will determine the taekwondo athletes that will represent Europe in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

   

 

 

On 22 June 2019, the Taekwondo Austrian Open Poomsae will kick off in Vienna, which will be held in Südstadt and will last for 2 days. Poomsae competitors will have the great opportunity of competing in an event which attracts athletes from all around Europe, enhances the poomsae discipline, gathering the taekwondo family together once again.

The event is G1 ranked and open for participation outside Europe. More information on registration ans well as the event outline can be found in Simply Compete.

 

 

 

 

 

World Taekwondo Europe proudly announces that WTE President Sakis Pragalos has appointed Mr. Kalvo Salmus as Special Advisor to the President.

His designation is effective immediately and will run until the end of the 2021 General Assembly.

Mr. Salmus' extensive experience and expertise in the sport of Taekwondo, along with his professionalism, network and knowledge can contribute highly towards the promotion, enhancement, and development of the sport.

World Taekwondo Europe wishes to Mr. Salmus good luck in his new position, along with fruitful and constructive cooperation.


On the occasion of the World Taekwondo Championships 2019, the World Taekwondo Conference is scheduled to be held at the Manchester Metropolitan University (Business School) on 12 May 2019.

Since 2007, World Taekwondo has been organizing an International Symposium for Taekwondo Studies in each host city where the World Taekwondo Championships are being held.

Over the years, this milestone symposium has been organized in Beijing (China), Copenhagen (Denmark), Gyeongju (Rep. of Korea), Puebla (Mexico), Chelyabinsk (Russia), and Muju (Korea).
This year, the conference is a great opportunity to discuss several topics under the themes of Sport for Social Development, Safe Sport, and Integrity and Compliance.

The featured topics are closely related to the issues that sport face in today’s society, focusing on sport for social development, athlete safety and mental health, as well as clean sport and good governance. It aims to generate knowledge for quality sport, enhance community groups and networking, and support an inclusive and open approach towards the future of sports and athletes.


You are strongly encouraged you to attend the conference, noting also that seats are limited.
Transportation for the attendants will be provided in front of Hotel Indigo at 9:00am and 9:15am on 12 May (2 times).

 

The WT Conference Venue Map is available here: World Taekwondo Conference 2019 - Venue Map

 

 

 

The upcoming Coach Seminar for new coaches obtaining the coach license card will be realized in Luxembourg City on 14 June 2019.

Just before Luxembourg Open that will be held June 15, the seminar is proven as the ideal opportunity to acquire your license and participate in a G1 event directly.

Registration for the seminar is currently ongoing and it will remain open until 31 May 2019.

You may follow the link below to register and learn about the participation policy and daily schedule.

Coach Seminar - Luxembourg City

 

 

 

On 11 April 2019 at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, World Taekwondo (WT) and International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) joined with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in a celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Taekwondo since its inclusion in the Olympic Programme. These are the highlights of the spectacular joint demonstration and unique day for Taekwondo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jose Molero, international referee and national referee in Spain, has died after a long illness. He was a great taekwondo professional and a great teacher.

In his memory will forever remain a life dedicated to taekwondo, with refereeing in the Olympic Games, and actively participated in hundreds of national, European and world championships; he wrote a book that served as a guide for a whole generation of new referees who, thanks to professionals like Molero, started their first steps in taekwondo refereeing.
Taekwondo Europe expresses its deepest condolences to the Spanish Taekwondo Federation, the International  Referees and to Jose Molero’s family, relatives, friends, and students.

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