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The first European Championships Olympic weight categories was opened on 26 March by His Excellency, Mr. Yuri Kokov, president of the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria. In the presence of the Minister of Sport of the republic, Mr. Aslanbek Khushtov, and Mr. Terekhov, President of the Russian Taekwondo Union, ETU President Pragalos held his opening speech. In total 150 athletes are competing in 4 Olympic weight categories.

 
European Championships Olympic Weight Categories E.T.U.

On the Photo from left to right:

Mr. Aslanbek Khushtov Minister of Sport
Mr. Yuri Kokov, President of the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria
E.T.U. President Pragalos and
Mr. Teherkhov, President of the Russian Taekwondo Union.

 
President of the Republic of Chechnya Awarded 6th Dan.

ETU President Pragalos and RTU president Mr. Terekhov visited the Republic of Chechnya during his visit to Russia. In the presence of a sportshall full of taekwondo fans and during a taekwondo event in Grozny, His Excellency, Mr. Ramzan Kadyrov was awarded 6th dan Kukkiwon. Mr. Pragalos and the president discussed the development of taekwondo in Chechnya and the opportunities to host an ETU event in Grozny.

 
ETU Coach License.

This week, ETU will send all ETU Coach License cards to the Member National Associations. The cards need to be shown in the future by the coaches who want to coach at G-ranking events world wide. ETU will also distribute cards during the 1st ETU European Championships Olympic weight categories in Nalchik. Please contact your federation in order to obtain your card.

 
Portugese NOC Promotes European Games in a Unique Way.

The Portuguese NOC takes an unprecedented step in promoting the inaugural European Games held in Baku from June 12-28. The Portuguese Flag will be taken on a bicycle from Lisbon to Baku, with the idea to promote the Games in all the countries it passes!

The departing day will be on 10th of April and arriving on the 10th of June on which Portugal celebrates its National Day!
More information can be found via the following LINK

Dutch Open Wrapped up In Eindhoven.

After 3 days of competition, Europe’s only G2 event wrapped up successfully. More than 1800 competitors from over 72 countries participated at this world class event. President of the Dutch Taekwondo Federation looked back satisfied and hopes to welcome even more countries and competitors in the next edition of the Dutch Open.

Two links to news items that covered the event:

Link 1, Link 2

ETU Nalchik.

The Organizing Committee of the first European Championships Olympic Weight divisions prepared the accommodation and transportation guide for the event.

You can download the guide HERE. National teams can aplly til 17 March, in each weight category maximum 2 athletes.

 
ETU Scotland Flag.

In April 2014, ETU accepted Scotland as provisional member of ETU. The outcome of the referendum in Scotland concerning its independence was part of an important benchmark in the further decision making process of ETU. The majority of the people in Scotland voted against independence and ETU had to consider its position of an independent Scottish membership within ETU. At this time it is not opportune to transform the provisional membership into associate or full membership of ETU and therefore the provisional membership status will no longer be maintained by ETU. The athletes of Scotland can participate at the Dutch Open under the flag of ETU but after this event, Scotland and its members have to work constructively together with GB Taekwondo.

 
WTF confirms suspension of Sweden

The World Taekwondo Federation confirmed on 9 March the suspension issued by ETU to the Swedish Taekwondo Federation (STF). WTF saw in the appeal of Sweden no grounds to lift the suspension which means that the Swedish federation has to comply with WTF and ETU rules and regulations concerning their statutes and governance. The Swedish athletes are as of today allowed to compete at WTF sanctioned events only under the flag of WTF and they will receive no ranking points at these events until the STF’s statutes are put into compliance.

 

More than 800 players are participating in 1st Qatar International Taekwondo Open.

Mr. Khalifa Al Kubaisi, General Secretary of Qatar Taekwondo and judo federation, tournament director said that: “the strength of the expected competition in different weights and high technical level of the players involved confirm that it will be one of the leading international stations friction players in preparation for future benefits at the global, international and Gulf and Arab level”.

South Korea, France, Turkey, Spain, Germany, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and other countries are participating to this event at Aspire Zone Venue in Doha which confirms that the tournament will see a power struggle in order to climb to the podium to embrace medals.

The ETU President, Athanasios Pragalos noted: “It is always a pleasant feeling to witness the growth of taekwondo around the world and most of all, European clubs to participate in this”.

 
 

The Serbian Taekwondo Association will host the next European Poomsae Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. The president of the Association, Mr. Schramm and ETU signed a contract allowing Serbia to host the next European poomsae championships. The event will be hosted from the 26th untill the 28th of June 2015. President Schramm and the Secretary-General Mr. Cendic, visited the office of ETU to sign the hosting contract.

 
On Pictures: Mr. Pragalos, Mr. Cendic, Mr. Schramm, Mr. Fysentzidis.

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