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The 1ST Day of the “European Qualification Tournament 2016 for the XXXI Olympiad” was carried out today, 16th January 2016, at WOW Convention Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

These are the results from each competition category:

Category: Seniors Female A – 67 – Competitors: 17
1st Azizova, Farida – Azerbaijan National Team
2nd Gulek, Rabia – Germany National Team
3rd Anic, Franka – Slovenia National Team
4th CIUCHITU, ANA – Moldova National Team

Category: Seniors Female A +67 – Competitors: 7
1st Skaar, Tina – Norway National Team
2nd Oogink, Reshmie – Netherlands National Team
3rd Ivanova, Olga – Russia National Team
4th Rajher, Nusa – Slovenia National Team

Category: Seniors Male A – 58 – Competitors: 15
1st Atias, Ron – Israel National Team
2nd Tortosa Cabrera, Jesus – Spain National Team
3rd Wooley, Jack – Ireland National Team
4th Gladovic, Milos – Serbia National Team

Category: Seniors Male A – 58 – Competitors: 25
1st Robak, Karol – Poland National Team
2nd Grgic, Filip – Croatia National Team
3rd Pantar, Jure – Slovenia National Team
4th Fejzic, Damir – Serbia National Team

Some of the athletes that took the Golden Ticket to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games stated:

Rabia Gulec – Germany: “My brother qualified in Mexico and now I will join him! It’s such a beautiful moment, I am speechless. Without the hard times, I wouldn’t know this joy. My coach protected me, guided me and now me, my uncle, my brother and coach, we go to Rio. It’s such a special feeling..! I was happy for all of my family to go to the Olympics… But now I have now my own joy… Rio is calling and I answered today!”

Tina Skaar – Norway: “I owe this victory to my coach Dave Cook. If it was not for him, I would not have made it. I’m so proud today and I thank my family, my team and my club also. A few weeks ago I was sick. I didn’t think I could make it. But now I’m going to Rio… It’s a dream to me!”

Filip Gricig – Croatia: “I’ve been practicing Taekwondo for 22 years, since I was four. I became world champion in 2008 and nearly 10 years later I am going to the Olympics! I’m the first Croatian man to qualify for the Olympics in Taekwondo. I am so proud and I dedicate this win to my coach Toni – he made this happen and now I go to Rio! Tonight I’ll dream of Rio!”

Reshime Oogink – Netherlands: “I came so close in Mexico…It’s been a long hard battle, but I made it… It’s so nice to qualify and to feel the support of my friends and family. I got of messages of congratulations, so I’m so happy right now.”

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the European Taekwondo Union (ETU) have renewed their partnership agreement.

The signing event took place in Athens.

EBU and European Taekwondo Union renew partnership deal:

Gold Olympic Medalist Michalis Mouroutsos presents the EBU and ETU renew partnership deal:

ETU President Sakis Pragalos speech ( EBU and ETU renew partnership deal):

EBU Head of Indoor Sports Ingolfur Hannesson speech (EBU and ETU renew partnership deal):

President of HOC Spyros Capralos, (EBU and ETU renew partnership deal):



With great sadness we have taken notice of the attacks this morning in the city center of Istanbul. Our prayers and thoughts are with the victims and families of the victims of these terrible attacks.

I understand that you and your teams participating at the European Qualification Tournament for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad are worried after today’s events. The competition venue is inside the Wow Hotel and Congress Center, which is located 10 minutes from the Istanbul Ataturk International Airport, outside the city center. We have discussed the situation with the Turkish Taekwondo Federation and extra attention is given to security. The event will therefore continue as scheduled.

Yesterday, the ETU office has send you the registration and location form. Please make sure that this form is sent to ETU forthwith, so that we know where the teams are located and how we can contact them.

On the occasion of the WTF President’s Cup, ETU is hosting a Coach Seminar. The Coach License is mandatory for all coaches who want to officiate at ETU and other G-ranked events worldwide. Your ETU Coach License will be accepted as well by all other Continental Unions of WTF while participating at events in their region.

Details of the seminar:

Saturday 02. and  Sunday 03. April 2016

Hotel Mercure Bonn
Max- Habermann Str. 2
53123 Bonn
Tel.  0049 228 25990

Please make your hotel reservations via the following link:

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Please make sure the entry fee of 200 euro is paid by bank:
Bank account: Volksbank Bigge Lenne eG
Niederste Str. 22-24
57439 Attendorn / Germany
IBAN: DE72460628172751125700

Register through the following link






With great joy, we welcomed the New Year! It will be an exciting year, with the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as major event. But besides the Olympics, we are facing many more events, some of which will be inaugural like the WTF President’s Cup in Bonn, Germany. ETU will also celebrate its 40th anniversary!

But let me look back to the year 2015 and what we have achieved together. The inclusion of Taekwondo into the Paralympics in 2020 was without the continuing work and extraordinary leadership of Dr. Choue not possible. His idea to create the World Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation shows that we care for all our taekwondo athletes. The visit of Dr. Choue to the refugee camp in Jordan and the upcoming visit to the WTF Humanitarian Foundation Pilot Project in Nepal shows that he is an exceptional leader. I am very proud to be part of the Taekwondo Family and that we have shown the world that our sport is an all-inclusive sport.

We had some great events in 2015, with the inaugural European Games in Baku (Azerbaijan) as one of the milestones for our organization. Finally, also Europe has joined the other continents with its own Continental multi-games. But we also organized for the first time European Championships in Olympic Weight categories in Russia and European Kids Championships for our very youngsters. In addition to those events, we had events in Turkey, Romania, Serbia and France. I am very grateful for the support ETU receives from its members while organizing these events!

The year 2016 will be an important year for ETU. Of course, the Olympic Games is for our very best athletes the milestone of their year. But for all other athletes, we continue to organize our events. We will have our events for Seniors, Clubs, Kids, Cadets and Under 21 year athletes. But we will also continue with the Coach License program, with which we continue to educate and train our coaches.

In 1976, ETU was founded. This year we will celebrate our 40th anniversary. This gives us the opportunity to look back and reminisce. What have we achieved together in the past years and what do we want to leave as a legacy for our children? I am very excited to start with 2016!

Allow me to wish all athletes, officials, friends and all members of the Taekwondo Family a Happy and Blessed New Year!


Sakis Pragalos
ETU President

Dear global taekwondo family and friends,
The year 2015 will go down as one of the most successful years in taekwondo’s history. At the beginning of the year we received the very welcome news that taekwondo would be included in the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020. This was a huge honor for taekwondo and truly makes us a “sport for all.”
We also witnessed the most successful World Taekwondo Championships the WTF has ever hosted– I offer our sincerest thanks to all those in Chelyabinsk, Russia, who did such a wonderful job as hosts.
Following the World Championships, we saw the four Grand Prix events take place in Moscow, Russia; Samsun, Turkey; Manchester, GB; and Mexico City, Mexico. Throughout the Grand Prix, we were treated to exciting and dramatic competitions which highlighted the global strength of our sport. By the time the finals were over, 48 elite taekwondo athletes had won quota places for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. We also hosted the second annual WTF Gala Awards which took place in Mexico’s historic National Theatre and celebrated the outstanding achievements of athletes, coaches and referees.
In 2016 we will look to build on the success of 2015 and continue to identify ways of evolving and improving our sport for the benefit of athletes and fans.
2016 will see the World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships take place in Lima, Peru, showcasing the artistic side of our sport. I am personally looking forward to seeing how the creative and extreme versions of taekwondo poomsae have developed.  
As we announced in our recent WTF Council meeting, the Canadian city of Burnaby will host the World Junior Taekwondo Championships in 2016. This important tournament will give us all a close look at the pipeline of global talent that will be feeding competitive taekwondo in the years ahead.
As part of our commitment to innovating our events, we will introduce the 1st WTF World Beach Taekwondo Championships in June this year in Bali, Indonesia. Beach sports have grown dramatically in popularity, particularly among young people, in recent years and the World Beach Taekwondo Championships will bring something fresh and exciting to a whole new audience. We also hope to see taekwondo included in the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games in San Diego, the United States in 2017.
But most importantly, 2016 is an Olympic year. The Olympic Games are the very pinnacle for our athletes and provide them with the ultimate platform to showcase their exceptional talent on the global stage. The 2015 Grand Prix series has granted our elite-level fighters more comprehensive, professionally staged competitive experiences than ever before. Now, they all know each other’s games, and fierce, but friendly rivalries are in play in every weight category. Our athletes are ready to thrill and excite the Olympic audience with their fast and precise techniques in Rio. Following the success of taekwondo at London 2012, where we saw medals won by more countries than ever before, I have no doubt Rio 2016 will provide one of the finest moments in our sporting history.
In the early months of 2016, continental Olympic qualification tournaments and wild cards will give those athletes who did not qualify via the Grand Prix series their chance to secure their NOCs Olympic places.
The WTF is first and foremost a sport organization, but we are also always working to fulfill our social responsibility as an International Federation. In this vein, in early 2015, we came up with the idea of establishing a new body, the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF).
The THF will assist refugees and displaced persons by providing them with the opportunity to learn and participate in taekwondo. Organizations already exist that supply refugees with the bare essentials of food and drink, shelter and medicine. We will not replicate these efforts. Instead, the THF will harness the power of taekwondo to teach refugees understanding, self-discipline and respect, and encourage them to live healthy lifestyles.
As WTF President, it was an honor and a privilege for me to formally announce the THF to the world at the United Nations headquarters in New York on September 21 on the 2015 U.N. International Day of Peace.
The THF is being officially set up in the WTF’s Lausanne office. The establishment of a charitable foundation is a detailed and time consuming process that cannot be rushed. But I am pleased to report that the THF has already kicked off pilot projects in two Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, with the full backing and cooperation of Jordanian authorities. All early indications are positive.
In 2016, the THF will begin full-scale operations. Already, we are planning a second pilot project in earthquake-struck Nepal. We are also aligning our efforts with those of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office, which we expect will advise us on suitable locations for future THF projects, most probably in refugee camps in Africa and Latin America.
Across all our operations we will ensure that we are fully aligned with the International Olympic Committee and the principles of good governance. Good governance has always been, and remains, a key priority of the WTF. This was reflected in our strategic roadmap for 2016 which outlines five key areas that the WTF will prioritize in 2016 to ensure that the federation continues to grow and develop in line with international best practice.
With the full support of our global taekwondo family members, I strongly believe that 2016 can be our most successful year yet.
The WTF’s slogan for 2016 is “One Taekwondo, One World.” I am entirely confident that our organization will deliver on this promise this year. To achieve this, the WTF leadership hopes to leverage the full support of the global taekwondo family. We will do it together again in 2016.
In this spirit, I wish you all a happy and prosperous new year.
Yours in taekwondo,

Chungwon Choue,

World Taekwondo Federation

The registration proces for the European Qualification Tournament for the 2016 Rio Olympics is open! Please go to the WTF website to apply and add your athletes.

The event will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, and hotels can be booked via the hotel form attached in the invitation.

December 22, 2015

Dear PATU Family and Friends,

I hope this letter finds you in good spirits this holiday season.

In light of the current world refugee crisis, WTF President, Dr. Chuongwon Choue is taking a frontline initiative to respond to IOC President Thomas Bach’s urgent request to extend an invitation to athletes currently holding refugee status to participate in the WTF Continental Olympic Qualification Tournaments for Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

We, as a world sports organization, must act as the unifying force in a world undergoing unbearable turmoil. The world refugee crisis is a tragedy that affects all mankind.  We must stand in solidarity with every athlete whose hope, purpose, and strength have been stripped away by their daily struggle for survival in refugee camps. We must hold ourselves to the higher standards of athleticism and sportsmanship and do our very best to help the fallen taekwondo athletes of the world to regain their hopes and dreams, so that they may rehabilitate their health, self-esteem, dignity, and integrity through the only way we know how; TAEKWONDO.

PATU nations are nations of compassion, and I have no doubt that each PATU member nation will go far and beyond the call of duty to welcome with open arms, the refugee athletes to participate in the Olympic Games and Qualification Tournaments in accordance with the IOC Initiative.

PATU will stand hand-in-hand to keep the Olympic flame burning to light the pathway to 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games safe and open for all athletes. We extend our PATU hospitality and invitation to WTF and its athletes under the WTF flag.

Keep and remember these refugee athletes in your hearts and prayers this holiday season. Season’s Greetings.

Grand Master Ji Ho Choi
Pan American Taekwondo Union
Executive Council Member, WTF Executive Board Member, ACODEPA www.patu.org


Dear ETU Taekwondo Family Members and Friends,

As ETU president, it is with great pride that the WTF took a great initiative to enable refugee athletes to participate in the Olympic Games and Qualification Tournaments in line with the IOC Initiative.

As you are aware, the world and Europe in particular, is in the midst of a refugee crisis. IOC President Thomas Bach has urged all sport federations represented in the Olympic movement to offer refugee athletes, many of whom do not have official nationalities, the chance to compete in the
2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

This decision perfectly matches with the current movement of the WTF in empowering refugees and displaced persons to eventually give them hopes and dreams. In this respect, the ETU warmly welcomes refugee athletes to participate in the upcoming European Qualification Tournament under the flag of the WTF.

At a time of year when Europeans celebrate goodwill towards all men, I am pleased and proud that the ETU has taken this noteworthy, humanitarian and historic step. I know I can count on all ETU athletes, coaches and officials to warmly support the refugee athletes among us as we embark on the road to Rio.

With best regards and season’s greetings.

Sakis Pragalos, ETU President


On behalf of the European University Sports Association (EUSA), the Organising Committee of the European Universities Games Zagreb-Rijeka 2016 and the Croatian Academic Sports Federation (CASF),

we have the pleasure of inviting European university teams to participate in the

3rd European Universities Games
which will be organised in
Zagreb and Rijeka, Croatia between July 12 and 25, 2016.

The first deadline for applications has been determined as
January 15, 2016.

All relevant information is published on EUSA website www.eusa.eu and on the official website of the event www.eug2016.com.

Important Deadlines
General Entry: 15.01.2016
Quantitative Entry: 01.05.2016
Individual Entry: 01.06.2016

Event info
The Games will be held in two Croatian cities, the capital Zagreb and the coastal city of Rijeka, encompassing the event slogan Heart Believes - Mind Achieves. European Universities Games will feature competitions for men and women in 21 sports: Badminton, Basketball, Basketball 3x3, Beach Volleyball, Bridge, Chess, Football, Futsal, Golf, Handball, Judo, Karate, Rowing, Rugby 7's, Sport Climbing, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Volleyball and Water Polo. Two of the sports - Table Tennis and Swimming - will also include competitions for students with disabilities. Apart of the sports competitions, the Games will be accompanied by the Rector's Conference, educational side-events, cultural program and other activities.

Contact information
Website: http://www.eug2016.com
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Rules: EUSA Rules and Regulations 2016
Registration: http://eug2016.registrations.eusa.eu
Help: Registrations quick guide 2016

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