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Mr Herman Mochalin, ETU Council member and president of the Latvia Taekwondo Federation, visited the ETU office in Athens. The LTF  is interested in organising European Championships in 2018 after a successful Junior European Championships in 2015. President Pragalos awarded Mr Mochalin with the 7th dan for his contribution to taekwondo in Latvia and Europe.



The 3rd European Kids Taekwondo Championships was successfully competed between 4-5 February 2017 in Antalya, Turkey.

The Championships were realized in Maritim Pine Beach Resort Hotel, where all teams could combine the venue area with their accommodation at an eye-capturing coastal area in the south of Turkey.

In total 171 little taekwondo athletes from 11 countries competed during these two days. In detail, the athletes summed up to 98 males and 73 females. The overall teams that participated were 78.

This is the 3rd year of this championship, which has turned out to be the perfect way to introduce the young Taekwondo athletes to official competition standards, procedures and familiarize on how to function in a multicultural environment, socialize and embrace fair play while interacting with their fellow athletes.

The 3rd European Kids European Championships was the first European and the first continental championships as well to implement the new WTF taekwondo regulations in the competitions. In addition to this, the International Referees'  white uniforms were introduced in a European event, officially launching the new 'image' of taekwondo.

The kids’ talent and their energy seems to get better and better every year. Some incredible little champions were awarded during the championships during the two days of the event, embodying the taekwondo values in the best way possible.

Below you will find the medalists of the 3rd European Kids Taekwondo Championships:



On Monday 6 February 2017, during the general election of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, Michail Fysentzidis has been elected President of the International Olympic Academy (IOA). The Secretary General of the European Taekwondo Union was elected with the popular vote of 14 out of 25, as also Spyros Capralos was re-elected President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee.

“It is a great honor that the majority has elected me President of the International Olympic Academy”, said Mr Fysentzidis and continued: “I aspire that through my new responsibilities I will continue to serve the sporting world and the Olympic Ideal, primarily with modesty, but principally vigorously to fulfill the potentials to survey, elaborate and implement innovative ideas and educational programs in benefit towards athleticism and always aligned with the Pierre de Coubertin initiatives.”

Counting eight (8) years (1996-2004) as Deputy Member, thirteen (13) more as Regular member of the Hellenic Olympic Committee and as an active contributor to the sporting world, Michail Fysentzidis disseminates in the Taekwondo world the same principles as the mission of IOA conditions; the appraise in educational values through sports.

ETU President Sakis Pragalos stated:
“There are 206 Presidents of National Olympic Committees, yet internationally, the President of the Olympic Academy is only one. It is a primal distinction for the Taekwondo Family and especially for the European Taekwondo Union the recognition of  Michail Fysentzidis in such a significant position. I would like to wish to him on behalf of the ETU Council as well as personally prosperous days on his new duties”



According the incident on Tuesday 31 January 2017 implicating the taekwondo athlete Meisam Rafiei from Iceland to be refused his entry to USA, the President of the European Taekwondo Union, Sakis Pragalos stated:

“Just a few hours after the announcement of the US Olympic Committee that was informed by Donald Trump’s government that the ban on visitors from some Muslim-majority countries should not impact athletes traveling to the United States for international events, ETU has already the first incident of a taekwondo athlete to explore. Our athlete Meisam Rafiei, having a dual Iranian-Icelandic citizenship that competes for Iceland, was asked to disembark from his flight to Nevada USA while travelling to the U.S. Open in Las Vegas. Sports are the way for a peaceful and better world without discrimination of any kind, in a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play. Even though the issue was finally solved, we need to remember what we stand for in respect to the spirit of Olympism and the history that United States have written and still write on these pages." 




(Nicosia, Cyprus) A Memorandum of Understanding of considerable importance was signed on Thursday 2 February 2017, among the Cyprus Sport Organisation (CSO) and the European Taekwondo Union (ETU). The President of CSO, Cleanthis Georgiades, welcomed to the CSO offices in Nicosia, the President of ETU, Sakis Pragalos and the ETU Secretary General Michael Fysentzidis for the procedure, while they were also accompanied by the President of the Cypriot Taekwondo Federation, Phivos Christou. The two parties of the MOU, after a long period of negotiation, finalized their collaboration and came to an agreement to provide a challenging educational program, in order to improve taekwondo trainers’ knowledge, upgrade the level of requirements for the participants, advance their intellectual achievements, ensure an educational environment of high standards and provide Certificates.


ETU has been developing educational programs for the taekwondo community for years now”, said the ETU President Sakis Pragalos and continued: “yet, this MOU provides a significant opportunity for all the trainers to enable their professional career in any European Union country. Our cooperation with CSO, and at this point I would like to thank Mr. Georgiades, will ensure a high-standards educational environment for all participants, since both the location and the scientific personnel are acknowledged all over Europe.”


"'We express complete satisfaction for achieving cooperation among the CSO which is the highest athletic authority in the Republic of Cyprusand ETU”, stated the President of CSO, Cleanthis Georgiades and added: “we look forward to a constructive cooperation, through which will highlight both Cyprus and sport and open new horizons.”


The Secretary General Michael Fysentzidis stated: “This co-operational partnership, that will implement the Trainer License Courses and will provide Certificate, so that the graduates can practice as experts, is certainly a big step forward, not only for ETU but for each MNA individually.” 


The details of the program will be announced via the ETU & the CSO websites in March 2017. 


CSO: Cyprus Sports Association; The Cyprus Sport Organisation is a semi-governmental organization enacted by the 1969 – 1996 laws upon which the Cyprus Sport Organisation acts as the Highest Athletic Authority in the Republic of Cyprus.

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PHOTO 1:(from left to right) The signing of the MOU by the President of CSO, Cleanthis Georgiades and ETU President, Sakis Pragalos. Present also the Deputy General Director, Dimitris Araouzos, the CSO Council Member, Anrie Sialou, the ETU Secretary General, Michail Fysentzides and the President of the Cypriote Taekwondo Federation, Phivos Christou.


PHOTO 2: ETU President Sakis Pragalos receives a welcome by the President of CSO, Cleanthis Georgiades







The European Taekwondo family and the Hellenic Taekwondo Federation bow their heads in grief and sorrow at the untimely passing of Stavros Proios.


Stavros Proios entered the taekwondo family from the early childhood. He had been a co-athlete with the current Deutsche Taekwondo Union President Stefan Klawiter and under the coaching of master Seo Yoon Nam, Stavros equally mastered the art of Taekwondo by holding in total 8 Dan.


Stavros continued his career in coaching, while he was also an International Referee. He serviced for several years as Vice-President of the Hellenic Taekwondo Federation and he was also the official coach of the Athletic Association of Sports & Education in Kastoria, Greece.


Stavros had trained many outstanding athletes and he had passed the flame and passion of Taekwondo to even more. His conquering personality and character will forever remain in his friends and students.


ETU wishes its deepest condolences to his family. The ETU President, ETU Secretary-General and ETU Genaral Director also express their condolences to the Hellenic Taekwondo Federation.  


(Photo from left to right: Olympic Medalist Michalis Mouroutsos, Stavros Proios, ETU President Sakis Pragalos)




All coaches who have lost the opportunity to revise their cards, which expires  at 31/12/2016, you can now use the below link and to renew for two years at a cost € 200








The European Taekwondo Union proudly welcomes the Swedish Taekwondo Federation full membership status among its MNA's.

In October 2014 and based on the articles 15.3 and 15.5 of the ETU STATUTES, the ETU Council had decided to revoke the membership of the Swedish Taekwondo Federation with immediate effect.

ETU had guaranteed that the decision would not have an impact on Swedish athletes participation in taekwondo events. Hence, as expected, all Swedish athletes participated normally in all tournaments and Championships under the WTF or ETU flag.

After the compliance of the STF statutes with the ones of ETU and WTF, ETU announces that the Swedish Taekwondo Federation had retained its full membership in the continental union.

The decision has been officially communicated to all Member National Associations.




Athens – Long term partners Daedo International and the European Taekwondo Union have reached an agreement on continuing future cooperation. President Pragalos of the ETU is ‘delighted and proud’ to announce that the partnership with Daedo International will continue in the next Olympic cycle.


Daedo International and the ETU have been partners for years. It was ETU who provided Daedo with the access to its European events and it was the Daedo PSS that strengthened those events. Today, they reached an agreement together securing their partnership for the next 4 years, Daedo International will continue to support ETU and will provide the PSS and E-headgear (GEN2) exclusively to all ETU events. Furthermore, through this new agreement Daedo will support Organizing Committees (OCs) of ETU events by offering a special rent fee for renting the PSS (GEN2). Should the OC decide to purchase the PSS instead of renting, Daedo will also offer a special price.


ETU strongly recommends and urges all G-ranked recognized Open Championships to use the Daedo PSS and E-headgear (GEN2). The OCs of the G-ranked events recognized by ETU will be able to profit from the same special renting fees offered by Daedo through the newly signed agreement, and special prices if the Daedo PSS and E-Headgears is purchased for the event. For more details, OCs are requested to contact the ETU Office.


Rhodes, 15 December 2016


The 1st WTF Beach Poomsae Championships will be realized on 5-7 May 2017 on the historical island of Rhodes in Greece. Τhis world premiere of the new taekwondo style will attract the interest of the sporting world internationally and the numerous national teams that will participate from all around the world. Icing on the cake will be the picturesque host island of Rhodes. Located in the South Aegean region and specifically in the Dodecanese islands complex, it frames the ideal location for the event, since it is a crossroad between the east and the west within the Mediterranean Sea.


On the occasion of the event WTF Director-General Professor Yang Jin Bang assembled with the Vice Governor of the South Aegean region Marieta Papavasileiou, the ETU President Sakis Pragalos and the ETU Secretary-General Michael Fysentzidis, in order to visit the locations for the Championships and discuss the frame of partnership between WTF, ETU, ETANE, the South Aegean Region administration, the Municipality of the South Aegean and the rest local authorities.



WTF President Dr. Chongwon Choue noted: “The success of these Championships is very important, since it will mark the participation of WTF in San Diego 2019 ANOC WORLD BEACH GAMES. We are delighted that the event will be launched in such a historical and beautiful Greek island as Rhodes.”


Prior the event, the 13th ETU Poomsae Championships will be also realized on the island of Rhodes during 2-3 May 2017. “It is an honor to pass the torch of a major European Taekwondo event to the World Taekwondo and especially when it comes to the commencement of the 1st WTF Beach Poomsae Championships.” stated ETU President Sakis Pragalos and added: “At the same time it is important to give the opportunity to the National Teams to reduce their travelling cost, since all European National Teams can participate in both Championships."


Despite the fact that during the meeting the Governor of South Aegean region George Chatzimarkos was in Nisiros island to welcome the Greek Prime Minister, he noted: “The 1st WTF Beach Poomsae Championships is another major athletic event, which increases the quality of all the sports events, organized and supported by the Municipality of South Aegean. The development of sport tourism as a niche market, sets our strategic objective. The island of Rhodes is being established in the international sports world, as the ideal place to host prestigious sport events of international standards. The magnificent beaches and the welcoming weather will ensure the flawless conduction of the Championships and will endow the athletes and the fans that will visit the island, with an unforgettable experience. Such paramount global events as the 1st WTF Beach Poomsae Championships, will help Rhodes to reinforce the outreach of the international touristic movement, while communicating why it is worth visiting the islands of the South Aegean."


Professor Yang Jin Bang expressed his satisfaction regarding the suggested locations for the event. He also added that the 1st WTF Beach Poomsae Championships will be a spectacular event, unveiling a lot of surprises for all participants, that will establish a milestone pioneer for the sport of Taekwondo.


Co-organizer and supporter of the 1st WTF Beach Poomsae Championships in both infrastructure and labor expertise is the South Greek Taekwondo Union (ETANE).

The Secretary General of ETU and Vice President of ETANE Michael Fysentzidis stated: “It is an honor for us to be trusted with the organizational responsibility by the World Taekwondo Federation and the European Taekwondo Union. I am certain that the hospitality of Rhodes, will be proven the epitome of launching the WTF Beach Poomsae Championships and will set a partcipation record for the European Poomsae Championships.”


The Vice Governor of South Aegean region responsible for the department of tourism expressed her thoughts regarding the partnership: “The organization of these two (2) sport events is of paramount importance; especially since that they will be realized at the beginning of the touristic season. Apart from their sporting significance, the two events will also be a touristic attraction for all the visitors of the island, considered that the whole happening will be a unique spectacle right in the heart of the city of Rhodes.”


The island of Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese island complex. Administratively, the island forms a separate municipality  and is part of the South Aegean administrative region. Rhodes is known as The island of the Knights, named after the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, who once conquered the land.

Historically, Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and from which Colosseum in Rome was named after. The Medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. 


More information about the island of Rhodes, you can find in the following links:





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Photo: (from left to right) Michael Fysentzidis ETU Secretary-General, Georgia Gatsis ETU General Director, Sakis Pragalos ETU President, Christos Efstratiou Political Safety Regional Councilor, Professor Yang Jin Bang WTF Director-General, Marieta Papavasileiou Vice Governor of South Aegean, Effie Zikouli ETU TV & Media Committee Chairwoman, Thomas Sotirlis President of the South Aegean Region Board, Pavlos Kazantzoglou Taekwondo Coach

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