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Abakarova Patimat writes history for Azerbaijan after winning the bronze medal in Rio 2016 on 17th August in the category -49kg.

This is the first olympic medal for Azerbaijan in the sport of Taekwondo. The young athlete, though left disqualified from her first match against Bogdanovic Tijana (SRB) who finally won the silver, claimed a place in the repechages and managed to go all the way to the podium.

 

ETU: Even if it is a very common question, how do you feel for this achivement?

Patimat: Currently, cannot express my feelings in words, but one thing I have to tell is that I am very happy.

 

 

ETU: You are aware that your Olympic medal has earned a page in the history of Azerbaijani taekwondo since you are the first athlete winning one. What is your comment on this?

Patimat: Yes, I destroyed the chain of bad luck in Olympic Games for Azerbaijani Taekwondo athletes, but at the same time I am sure that it will be the start of Olympic medals collection for my team mates.

 

ETU: What were the main keys of your success?

PatimatHard work, enhanced trainings and belief…

 

ETU: What are your wishes and expectations from your team mates in Rio and what do you think about the future of Azerbaijan taekwondo after Olympic Games 2016?

Patimat: Of course, I wish and believe that Radik, Farida and Milad will succeed to collect medals in Rio and hopefully in a different color; I will assist them in trainings and support them during matches. Concerning the future of Azerbaijan taekwondo after the Rio 2016, I am definitely sure of its enlargement, development and popularity.

 

 

 

 
     
 
Οn Monday 27 June 2016, the Bulgarian Taekwondo Federation visited the ETU headquarter offices in Athens, Greece. The ETU President Sakis Pragalos and ETU Secretary General Michael Fysentzidis had a meeting with the President of the Bulgarian Taekwondo Federation Slavi Binev and the ETU Council member  Andrey Georgiev.
 
The reason of the Bulgarian delegates' visit was the sign of the contract regarding the next ETU Under 21 Championships in 2017, that both parties have agreed to be hosted in Bulgaria. It is the first time in the history of the European Taekwondo, that Bulgaria undertakes the hosting of an ETU Championship.
 
The agreement is of great significance, since more and more European national federations are willing to take on major Taekwondo events on the outcome of their benefits. Such primal Taekwondo events, both stimulate the incoming tourism of the host city and fortify the Taekwondo family bonds. Also, they provide athletes with substantial experience in competitions that build their foundation to move forward. Another major issue worth mentioning is that federations and their Organizing Committees are becoming more and more literate and professional upon the organization of large-scaled events.
 
The ETU Under 21 Championships will be conducted in April 2017 in Bulgaria, reassuring of their successful accomplishment.
 
More information to be announced promptly.
 
 

 

 

After the Austrian Open Poomsae 2016, the ETU A-Class ranking list has been updated.

As soon as the results of the Dutch Open Poomsae event will have be validated, the list will be updated.

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The European under 21 Taekwondo Championships passes the baton from Romania to Russia which will host the event in Grozny, between the 23th and 26th of July 2016 at the National Sport Hall “Olympiysk”. The respective Championships are going through the 7th year of conduction, after being introduced among the ETU Championships.

Concerning the ETU Under 21 Championships , ETU President Sakis Pragalos, stated in his welcoming letter that: “In the recent years, we added several events to our calendar and the Under 21 Championships is a perfect instrument in the development path of athletes transitioning into the senior category”.

He also added that is very important to have paramount Taekwondo events inside an Olympic cycle (aka the 4 years gap between the Olympic Games), since they preserve the athletes’ professional level, the new generation becomes more experienced since their early years of competition and of course the dynamic of the sport expands, while it strengthens the bonds between the Taekwondo family.

The registration for the National Teams and their athletes will continue through Hangastar until the 1st July.
It is worth mentioning that, this is the first time the European Championships will be held in the Grozny city, the Capital of one of the oldest Republic in Russian Federation, the Republic of Chechnya.

Nowadays, the federal government representatives of Chechnya are based in Grozny and this Republic is famous for its hospitality and rich culture and so visiting the place will be definitely an unforgettable experience for everyone.

 

 

Vis-à-vis the City of Grozny:


Grozny Mosque & Sights


After four years of construction, Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque was formally opened to the public on October 16, 2008 and is considered one of the largest mosques in Europe.

Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque & Grozny-City Towers Façade Clocks are two of the most important visitor’s attractions.

One year later, the city of Grozny was honored by the UN Human Settlements Program for transforming the war scarred city and providing new homes for thousands.

 

Accomodation for the Championships.

Round trip airfare of the teams shall be borne by the participating National Taekwondo Federations. The Organizing Committee will arrange transportation from the airport to the official hotels and back as well as the local transportation between the official hotels and the venue, National Sport Hall „Olympiysk”.


The transportation arrangements will be solely organized for the teams that have made hotel reservations through the Organizing Committee. Therefore, you are advised to fill in the Flight Schedule Form and return it to the Organizing Committee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) until the 1st of July 2016. 

 

You may find further information about the official hotels in the appendix of the Championships Outline in ETU Website, as well as on the event webpage on the Russian Taekwondo WTF Federation Official Website (www.tkdrussia.ru)

Grozny’s Sport disposition

The city of Grozny is home to the Russian Football Premier League club FC Terek Grozny. The team plays in the top tier since it has been promoted by gaining the 2nd place in the Russian First Division in 2007.

Grozny, besides the host one of the most importan European Taekwondo events in 2016, is worth a chance to visit its beautiful nature, the waterfalls and the mountains — and if you are holding in your hands a medal, enjoy the stunning sunset.

 

 

 


ETU President Sakis Paragalos, ETU Vice-President Fred Buitenhuis and ETU Deputy Secretary General Constantin Apostol met in Ulyanovsk (Russia) in order to discuss the development of para-taekwondo in Russia and Europe.

ETU Council member, EPTU Vice-President Evgeny Klyuchnikov suggested the 6th European Para-taekwondo Championships to be held together with Russian Under 21 Taekwondo Championships in Ulyanovsk, Russia on May 25-28 2017. ETU President checked the facilities and especially the venue – huge, modern and new Ice Palace “Volga-Sport-Arena”, which was used for World Bandy Championships 2016. In May 2017 it will attract 5000 spectators for taekwondo and para-taekwondo championships.

On 18 June, 2016 a meeting took place with the Governor of Ulyanovsk region (Russia) Sergey Morozov for the development of para-taekwondo and adaptive sport in Ulyanovsk region, Russia and Europe. In the meeting were present ETU President Sakis Paragalos, ETU Vice-President Fred Buitenhuis, ETU Deputy Secretary General Constantin Apostol, ETU Vice-President, RTU President Anatoly Terekhov, ETU Council Member, EPTU Vice-President Evgeny Klyuchnikov, EPTU President Aleksandr Shlychkov, ETU President Assistant, EPTU Executive Director Vlada Latysheva, Secretary General of the Russian Paralympic Committee Andrey Strokin, Minister of Sports of Ulyanovsk Region Sergey Kuzmin and other officials.

At the end of the meeting, ETU President and Governor of Ulyanovsk region signed a Collaboration agreement about the partnership and cooperation in developing the Paralympic Para-taekwondo in Europe, Russia and specifically in Ulyanovsk Region on the occasion of the ETU representative office opening regarding para-taekwondo issues in Ulyanovsk.

  

Catalonian Taekwondo Federation President Antonio Toledo with ETU President Sakis Pragalos

 

On Monday 13 June,  ETU President Sakis Pragalos visited the Catalonian Taekwondo Federation in Barcelona, Spain, where he met with the President of the Catalonian and Vice-President of the Spanish Taekwondo Federation, Antonio Toledo.

 

During the meeting, the two men discussed about future European Taekwondo events hosted in Spain and the opportunities that occur not only for the host city, but also for the development of the sport and the athletes' performance.

 

Antonio Toledo and Sakis Pragalos renewed their meeting in the nearest future, as they share a friendship since the beginnings of the European Taekwondo, framing both of them as two of the most significant figures and pioneers of the sport.

 

 

 

 

 

After the latest ETU A-class poomsae events of the past few months, the Ranking List has been updated.

 

Please find in the excel sheet the actual rankings.

 

 

Israel Taekwondo Federation and the entire Taekwondo world bow their heads in sorrow and grief at the untimely passing of Anya Mirkin.

Anya Mirkin a gifted athlete of the Israeli National Team, European Championship Rome 2008 medalist and several times National Champion, will be sorely missed to Israel Taekwondo Federation and to the entire Taekwondo family.


Her conquering smile and amazing personality will forever remain deep in everyone's hearts.

ETU wishes its deepest condolences to her family. ETU President, ETU Secretary General and ETU General Director also express their condolences to the Sharabi Martial Arts Club and to her personal coach Yehiam Sharabi.

 

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