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The ETU President Sakis Pragalos, on the occasion of his visit to Serbia regarding the 15th Galeb Belgrade Trophy,met with the Mayor of Belgrade Sinisa Mali and the Sporting Director of the Serbian Taekwondo Association Dragan Jovic.


The Mayor of the Serbian capital city expressed his supportiveness and remarkable interest to the ETU President concerning the Taekwondo sport and events.


Hence, Mr. Sinisa Mali introduced his proposal for Belgrade to be the hosting city the ETU European Taekwondo Championships for the 2020.


ETU President Sakis Pragalos stated: “Principally, I would like to congratulate all the executives of the Serbian Taekwondo Association for their extraordinary effort in the sport and for the outstanding G-Open events that have been successfully held within the country during the recent years. Furthermore, it is significant that our ETU Championships are established among major sporting events. Definitely, the  interest of a city in hosting our championships four years prior the event is something that endorses success to the European Taekwondo and reliability to the ETU events.”


The city of Belgrade has long and storied history in architecture with many theatres, museums, monuments and opera houses in a deep and fissured cultural life. The capital of Serbia attracts sunbathers with the beaches and rivers and at the same time is magnetism for sports enthusiasts.


The sports facilities in the city are approximately one-thousand and many of which are capable of serving sporting events in all levels. Belgrade’s background regarding hosting major sporting events includes EuroBasket 2005, the 2005 European Volleyball Championship, the 2006 European Water Polo Championship, the European Youth Olympic Festival 2007 and the 2009 Summer Universiade. Also, Euroleague recently announced that Belgrade will host the 2018 Final Four, validating for one more time its sport event organizing supremacy.


Besides the outstanding sport facilities, the city of Belgrade is the most important media hub in the country since it is the home of the headquarters of the national broadcaster Radio Television Serbia (RTS) and many high-circulation daily newspapers are published in the capital city.




Since Taekwondo makes an effort to provide the highest quality of the sport provision for children and adults alike, professionalism and creating a safe and enjoyable learning environment is of paramount importance. Thus, it more than important to have academic publications that report original empirical and theoretical work regarding Taekwondo sport. 


At the ETU Headquarters was well received one of these publications associated to Taekwondo and Child on a training level. An illustration edition consisted of 217 pages with photo gallery and essential material regarding organising a Taekwondo party by training with balloons, structuring balance static dynamics workouts motivating for children and more. The author of the relevant Book is Andreas Christidis and interested parties may obtain one by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Taekwondo coach Andreas Christidis was born in Xanthi, Greece and had many distinctions at his career as an athlete. The author got inspired through his loyalty to the sport and published the “Taekwondo & Child 230+ Games and Exercises – Development of Fundamental Motor Abilities For all Sports and Martial Arts Sports from the ages of 4 to 12 “.



In the book Andreas Christidis shares his knowledge, his experience and skills from his thirty-five years involvement in sports, so that even more children can get benefit by his written ideas exercises and instructions. Hence, coaches can use the particular book as an instruction guide for athletes during their childhood.


Moreover, numerous exercises are provided in detailed description in order to achieve the greatest results to the athletes’ trainings and performances additionally with the author’s advices that are comprised in the unit Today’s Child-Tomorrow’s Olympic Winner.


The development of Fundamental Motor Abilities by shaping personalities and defining behaviours is the major subject of the book and takes under consideration the importance of the games in the psychokinetic development of the child. This book is definitely useful for coaches, trainers, teachers and also students in Gymnastic Academies.


ETU warmly welcomes activities analogous to the development and promotion of Taekwondo sport and so individuals that may have related publications can send a hard copy to the ETU Headquarters as it will be our favourite to notify it around the European Taekwondo community.



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