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Athens, 21 APRIL 2017 

 

The innovating event was introduced in the European continent during the 2016 in the city of Bonn in Germany and one year later it became an all-time record event.Nevertheless the fact that it was a brand-new tournament among its existing ones, the WTF President’s Cup achieved to be established between the taekwondo continental unions at forthwith.

 

The milestone of the G-2 Tournament success was the innovation that all the medalists from all three (3) competition categories were automatically qualified for the European Taekwondo Championships of the respective age category.

 

In detail, for this year the the top four Cadets will qualify direct to the ETU Cadet Championships 2017 in Hungary, the top four Juniors to the ETU Junior Championships 2017 in Cyprus and the top four Seniors to the ETU European Senior Olympic weight categories Championships 2017 in Belarus. 

 

The Expansion

 

Consequently, the second edition of the WTF President’s Cup 2017- Europe is expected to surpass the previous one after it has passed magnificently through the baptism of fire in the continent of Europe last year.The attentiveness of the Taekwondo public in the next version of the tournament is beyond the expectation.

 

More specific, 2,182 international athletes from 51 countries in total, prevented to be registered for the relevant event and all the available places have been taken one month prior the event with numerous of athletes to be excluded since the limit of participants was reached. 

 

This is a number of an all-time record of participation in G-Ranking events worldwide and thus the 2nd WTF President’s cup 2017 in Athens, Greece is now even more than a promising event.

 

The supremacy of the event is highlighted also by the participation of top-class Taekwondo athletes who will be present at “Ano Liosia Olympic Hall”. Athletes who managed to achieve to climb on the winners’ podium during the Olympic Games, World and European Championships. 

 

Therefore, the 2nd WTF President’s Cup welcomes 14 Olympic medallists. The Olympic Champions in Rio 2016 Radik Isayev from Azerbaijan who is also World and European Gold medallist and the double Gold Olympic medallist (also London 2012) Jade Jones. The ‘headhunter’ from Great Britain, who has a massive collection of victories, will take part at the event at the -57 weight category.

 

The Russian holder of the Silver Olympic Medal in Rio 2016 and Bronze in London 2012, silver World and European medallist, Alexey Deniskenko will also give his present with the Azerbaijani Beigi Harchegani Milad who won the bronze medal in the Olympic Games 2016 and the European Gold medal in Montreux the same year.

 

Additionally, the athlete who wrote history during the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016 by achieving five gold medals in a row couldn’t be truant from the 2st WTF President’s Cup 2017 in Athens, Greece. Servet Tazegul from Turkey, holder of two Olympic Medals – Gold in London 2012 and Bronze in Beijing 2008, will be present at the most anticipated G-Ranking Event.

The Spanish double Olympic medallist, gold in London 2012 and bronze in Rio 2016, Joel Gonzalez Bonilla will participate in the -63 weight category.

 

The elite athletes’ participating list is way too long in female categories also and standouts the Bronze Olympic medallist, World and double European Champion Bianca Walkden. The remarkable athlete from Great Britain will be in favour of winning one more medal during the 2nd President’s Cup in +73 kg category with the Silver Olympic medallist from London 2012 Anne-Caroline Graffe from France.

 

The top female Taekwondo athletes from Serbia will be also present· Milica Mandic and Tijana Bogdanovic the Gold and Silver Olympic medallist respectively. Among them will be the Spanish Silver Olympic and Gold European medallist Eva Calvo Gomez and the Egyptian bronze Olympic medallist Hedaya Malak Wahba.

 

Additionally, the holder of two Olympic medals Silver in London 2012 and Bronze in Rio 2016 Nur Tatar from Turkey and Patimat Abakarova (AZE) - Bronze medallist Rio2016 and Silver European medallist will travel to Athens for the outstanding event.

 

 

As it seems this tournament has already exceeded the expectations and has been estimated to continue with the countless participation of great athletes whom younger athletes will have the chance to compete and enjoyed by the spectators that will attend the event at the Olympic Hall in Athens, Greece. 

 

Athens, 19 APRIL 2017

 

The second edition of the WTF President’s Cup – Europe will be realized in Athens, Greece on 27-30 April 2017 and the attentiveness of the Taekwondo public is beyond the expectation.

Thus, the public will have the chance to watch live the all-time record tournament of participation in G-Ranking events worldwide, on laptops, tablets and smartphones through the official YouTube channel of the South Greek Taekwondo Union (ETANE).

In total, eight (8) video cameras will be placed at the “Ano Liosia Olympic Hall”, where the event will be hosted, for four (4) days from 8 am in the morning until the end of each competition day by the SportslandCompany.

The extraordinary event, which is organized by the European Taekwondo Union (ETU) and supported by the South Greek Taekwondo Union (ETANE), is ready to welcome 2.182 athletes from 51 countries in total including Olympic, World and European Champions. 

The media sponsors of the 2nd WTF President’s Cup are Nova - the first digital platform in Greece, the SPORT FM 94,6 radio channel, the sport site SPORT-FM.GR and the GOAL NEWS newspaper.

The embed codes for the first two (2) competition days are as follows:

DAY1

2nd WTF Presidents Cup - Europe / Day 1 - Mat 1

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2nd WTF Presidents Cup - Europe / Day 1 - Mat 2

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2nd WTF Presidents Cup - Europe / Day 1 - Mat 3

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2nd WTF Presidents Cup - Europe / Day 1 - Mat 4

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2nd WTF Presidents Cup - Europe / Day 1 - Mat 5

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2nd WTF Presidents Cup - Europe / Day 1 - Mat 6

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2nd WTF Presidents Cup - Europe / Day 1 - Mat 7

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2nd WTF Presidents Cup - Europe / Day 1 - Mat 8

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2nd WTF Presidents Cup - Europe / Day 2 - Mat 2

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2nd WTF Presidents Cup - Europe / Day 2 - Mat 3

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2nd WTF Presidents Cup - Europe / Day 2 - Mat 4

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2nd WTF Presidents Cup - Europe / Day 2 - Mat 5

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2nd WTF Presidents Cup - Europe / Day 2 - Mat 6

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2nd WTF Presidents Cup - Europe / Day 2 - Mat 7

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2nd WTF Presidents Cup - Europe / Day 2 - Mat 8

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(Update will follow with the codes for the next two (2 )competition days after the completion of the first day of the tournament).

 
 
 
Upon request of several ETU member National Associations, the age categories for the first European Master Championships 2017 have been modified.
Please see below the new divisions for both men and women.
Download  revised age divisions HERE
Make sure you register as soon as possible!

 

 

 
Please find attached some information regarding the Poomsae Athletes of the WTF President's Cup 2017 that are qualified to European Poomsae Championships in Rhodes-Greece.
Download HERE

 

 

Mr. Michail Fyzentzidis,President of the International Olympic Academy (IOA) and ETU Secretary General, met Mr AHN Young-jip, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea and invited him to the 1st WTF World Taekwondo Beach Championships, which it will take place in Rhodes, Greece on May 4th to May 7th 2017

 

In this pioneering event all of the people will have the opportunity to experience the Taekwondo for the first time in an outdoor area, surrounded by the Greek sun, the blue of the sea and the beautiful sky. Undoubtedly, these conditions will help to enhance the perception of the crowd about Taekwondo and grow up the popularity of the sport.

 

Furthermore, the fact that Korea is the country that bore Taekwondo and the country that on 27-30 June 2017 will host and organize the World Championship, the presence of the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Rhodes would not be just an honor for our Union, but also a signal, that will give us even greater importance to our work and will engage us to continue with the same and more intensity and success.

 

Finally, the WTF President Dr. Chungwon Choue and other eminent personalities who have been invited, will have the opportunity to enjoy and be a part of the 1st  WTF World Taekwondo event by the sea !

 

 

 

His excellency the President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos met at the Presidential Mansion with the ETU President Sakis Pragalos and the President of the International Olympic Academy (IOA) and ETU Secretary General Michail Fysentzidis.
The headship of ETU informed in detail the President of the Hellenic Republic for all the activities of the European Taekwondo Union, as well as for the status of the sport in Europe.

ETU President Sakis Pragalos and ETU Secretary General Michail Fysentzidis awarded his excellency the President of the Hellenic Republic with the highest honor of the European Taekwondo Union, the Gold Medallion of ETU in recognition of his ethos, his social awareness, and his multifarious work.
 

 



In addition, the European Taekwondo Union tabled the subject that the 1st World Taekwondo Beach Championships, organized for the first time internationally in Rhodes Island, Greece (5-6 May 2017) will be hosted under the High Patronage of his excellency.
 
The President of the Hellenic Republic, during his meeting with the ETU leadership and as a principal supporter of sporting and the sport of Taekwondo, requested for an extensive update by the ETU headship and reassured ETU President Sakis Pragalos and ETU Secretary General Michail Fysentzidis, that henceforth his stand will be in defend and support of the activities of the sport in both national and international level.

 

 

The Bulgarian Taekwondo Federation (BTF) hosted for the first time a European Taekwondo Championship and the Taekwondo spectators and athletes had the chance to enjoy and participate in an outstanding 7th edition of the ETU European Under 21 Taekwondo Championships 2017.

 

The Championships were launched in Sofia, Bulgaria from April 6 and successfully accomplished on April 9, 2017 in Sport Hall “Sofia”.

 

By the completion of the event the overall ranking results were released. Concerning the team winner overall ranking, Russia National Team climbed on the top place having collected three (3) gold, six (6) silver and eight (8) bronze medals. The young athletes representing Turkey managed to achieve two (2) first places, three (3) silverand five (5) bronze medals.Italian National Team won the third place on the general ranking with six (6) medals in total· two (2) gold, two (2) silver and two (2) bronze.

 

On the team ranking in female categories, the teams from Italy, Germany and France won the first three places on the podium respectively with four (4) medals for the first two countries and two (2) medals for France in total.

Continuing with the team ranking in male divisions, the representatives from Russia Turkey and Spain lead their countries to the three top places correspondingly. The Russians celebrated eleven (11) medals, the Turkish athletes four (4) and Spain male participants reached the podium three (3) times.

 

The significance of the relevant Championships in the taekwondo sport is in highly importance since it works like a bond between the juniors and the seniors and provides to the athletes the ability and chance to experiment their potential and gain the necessary experience and knowledge to move further in achieving their goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credits: Bonchuk Andonov

 

 

The 7th version of the ETU European Under 21 Taekwondo Championships 2017 was launched in Sofia, Bulgaria after the completion of the first day of the competition (6 April) in Sport Hall “Sofia”. The Bulgarian Taekwondo Federation (BTF) undertakes for the first time a European Taekwondo Championship and proved to be both effective and efficient in the first event, since they provided an outstanding Opening Ceremony followed by the first competition day.

 

The Opening Ceremony of the four-day event was honoured by the presence of the WTF President Dr. Choue, the ETU President Sakis Pragalos, the ETU Secretary-General Michail Fysentzidis, the BTF President Slavi Binev, the Minister of Youth and Sports of Bulgaria Daniela Dasheva and the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Bulgaria H.E. Shin Boonam.

 

 

On the occasion of the opening event, the ETU President had the chance to award honorary prizes to the WTF President, the BTF President, the Minister of Youth and Sports and the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Bulgaria.

 

ETU President Sakis Pragalos proudly confirmed that the agreement between ETU and BTF for hosting the Under 21 Championship was the right choice, since the Organizing Committee is an example of dedicated work and the OC worked hard to bring taekwondo one step forward.

 

Continuing he added: ʺIt is a privilege to be honored with the presence of the WTF President Dr. Choue, with whom we have discussed the importance of introducing the Under 21 Taekwondo Championships internationally in the WTF Calendar. The Under 21 Championships signifies the link between the junior and the senior athletes that is why it is the perfect opportunity to test their potentials and move forward to the elite of taekwondo.ʺ

 

 

 

 

 

Additionally, during the Opening Ceremony an impressive event was realized, which combined Taekwondo demonstration with a traditional Bulgarian dancing show.

 

 

 

Overall throughout the 1st day of the Under 21 Championships, 122 young athletes participated in four weight divisions in both female and male categories.

 

The Results:

Seniors Female A -46 kg:

1.    Randrianisa Tiavo (FRA)

2.    Al Halwani Sarah (ITA)

3.    Artamonova Anastasiia (RUS)

3.    Gevers Anke (BEL)

 

 

 

Seniors Female A -49 kg:

1.    Stankovic Vanja (SRB)

2.    Hronova Dominika (CZE)

3.    Antipenko Natalia (RUS)

3.    Cidem Ipek (TUR)

 

 

Seniors Male A-54 kg:

1.    Dell’aquila Vito (ITA)

2.    Dagdelen Deniz (TUR)

3.    Abibilla Azamat (RUS)

3.    Kanaev Andrei (RUS)

 

 

Seniors Male -58kg:

1.    Tortosa Cabrera Jesus (ESP)

2.    Nagaev Dmitriy (ISR)

3.    Mehtiyev Fizam (AZE)

3.    Shimanov Valeriy (RUS)

 

 

Sofia ‘Hall’ is hosting 435 athletes. The Heads of Teams of the forty (40) in total participating National teams also participated in the anti-doping promotional campaign meeting at the Park Hotel Moskva.

 

In detail, the ETU in collaboration with the WTF and the European Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation, initiated the ‘STAY COOL, STAY CLEAN’ anti-doping program, inspired by the WTF global efforts to prevent doping. The Under 21 Championships was proved to be ideal to expose team delegates as well as athletes to the principles of a fair and clean sport. All who were present at the meeting were informed regarding the mission and scope of the program. It is certain that the anti-doping movement will grow further,  and will gain active ambassadors to sustain and develop its activities.

 

 

 

Photo Credits: BTF & Bonchuk Andonov

 
The Registration of National teams will take place during 5  and 6 May 2017 from 10a.m in the morning until 7p.m in the evening. The registration will take place in the 'BRIDGE' meeting room, which is located in the groundfloor area of the Mediterranean Hotel Rhodes, located in the city center of Rhodes.
 
For the athletes, clubs and National teams also participating in the 1st WTF World Taekwondo Beach Championships, the registration will take place in the same meeting room on 3 and 4 May 2017. 
 
For more information visit: http://www.mediterranean.gr/

Photo from left to right: ETU Secretary General Michael Fysentzidis, President of Cyprus Taekwondo Federation and ETU Deputy President Phivos Christou and President of the Bulgarian Taekwondo Federation Slavi Binev.

 

"Bulgaria writes history for hosting for the first time a European Taekwondo Championship. These championships include 41 countries, while 450 athletes will compete for the title of the European Champion. The numbers alone depict the importance of the event, " stated Michael Fysentzidis. During the press conference of the ETU European Taekwondo Under 21 Championships that will be held from 6-9 April in Sofia, Bulgaria. The National teams of Turkey, Russia, Spain, UK, France, Serbia have the largest participations in athletes. The competitions in the Sports Hall "Sofia" will be conducted in three terrain . The President of the Bulgarian Taekwondo Federation Slavi Binev said that the aim of the sport is to teach young people not just in this to win awards. "We try to show not only the organizational entities of taekwondo, but also to present the young competitors not only as athletes, but as people. Taekwondo should not be seen only as a sport, but as a culture. I think that the Bulgarian society needs such personalities - strong and noble. This European Championship is a test for us. If we can do well with the organization, we have a stipulation that Bulgaria will be able to the World Championship, which goes with the final of the Grand Prix series. These are the two largest and most elite events of taekwondo. ", he added.

For results and drawsheets prease visit :http://www.tpss.eu/ 

Source:http://www.bgnes.com/sport/boen-klub/4501073/
Highlights from the press conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dc30jfembyU

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