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The silver Olympic medallist from Spain, Eva Calvo Gomez, was honoured with the Real Orden del Mérito Deportivo medal for her imperative athletic achievements in Rio 2016 by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain.


On Tuesday November 15, 2016 at the Nouvel building of the Museum of Contemporary Art Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Spanish Government awarded Eva Calvo Gomez among other athletes with the Royal Order of Sports Merit (ROMD) distinction for her superior success at the Olympic Games during the event with the topic “The best athletes of the year”.


The ceremony was privileged by the presence of the Minister of Education, Culture and Sports, Inigo Mendez de Vigo, who presided the delivery of the medals of the Royal Order of Sports Merit to the best athletes of the year· a proposal by the Higher Sports Council.


The event was also attended by the Justice Minister Rafael Catala, the president of the Higher Sports Council (CSD) and the Chancellor of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit, Miguel Cardenal.





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November 8, 2016


The British newspaper ‘The Sunday Times’ in association with ‘Vitality’ honors for 29 consecutive years the UK and Ireland Sportswoman of the year, with the respective awarding ceremony. This year, a European Taekwondo star that has been getting brighter as time passes, is shortlisted among the finalists for The Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards 2016. The Welsch taekwondo double Olympian Jade Jones, along with five more leading sportswomen claims two (2) awards for her outstanding contribution to sport.


1st Nomination

The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year - Favorite Sportswoman of 2016

Nicola Adams (boxing)

Charlotte Dujardin (equestrian)

Jade Jones (taekwondo)

Johanna Konta (tennis)

Dame Sarah Storey (track/road cycling)

Laura Trott (track cycling)


2nd Nomination - Olympian of the Year

Nicola Adams (boxing)

Saskia Clark & Hannah Mills (sailing)

Charlotte Dujardin (equestrian)

Helen Glover & Heather Stanning (rowing)

Jade Jones (taekwondo)

Laura Trott (track cycling)


The voting for the award winner is public, which endorses the awards with credibility and of course popularity. The Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year awards are among the most famous, prominent and influential in the British sporting calendar. All nominees are females who inspire women of all ages to actively participate in sports, promote a healthy lifestyle and a dynamic spirit.

For the ones interested in voting, you can visit the awards website: swoty2016.co.uk

The Award will take place at the News UK Headquarters in London Bridge on Thursday, December 8.


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On Saturday 5 November 7, 2016 the ETU Coach Seminar was successfully completed at the premises of Carlforsska gymnasiet in the city of Västerås, Sweden. A substantial number of ETU coaches from Sweden, the neighbor Scandinavian countries and from the rest of Europe attended the seminar.



This is the first time that an ETU Coach Seminar is realized in a Scandinavian country. The session was conducted by the ETU Referee Committee Chairman Chakir Chelbat. The ETU Coaches were updated upon the latest information regarding taekwondo, received feedback regarding taekwondo gear and analyzed controversial competition case studies, endorsing the ethics of the sport.


The attendance of ETU Coach Seminars is cardinally significant. As any responsible coach, ETU coaches ought to keep up with the latest modifications of the sport and all WTF rules and regulations adjustments, in order to preserve the high quality sporting standards. All the coaches who successfully completed the training received a Certificate of completion and are qualified to coach anywhere in the world.










The European Taekwondo Union is proud to announce that DAEDO International, one of the leading Taekwondo gear enterprises worldwide will be the Gold Sponsor of the upcoming ETU 40 Years Anniversary Gala.

A delegation of the company’s senior personnel will be attending the gala, supporting the award of the most important athletes and European Taekwondo figures that will be present during the event. DAEDO will also present its awarding categories on the occasion of the gala.


“We have a dream and passion for Taekwondo”
DAEDO International has its headquarters in Barcelona and has been offering products with the best price/quality relationship to Taekwondo since 1983. In 1987 it became the Official Sponsor and Supplier at the World Taekwondo Championships and in 1992 the Official Supplier of the Olympic Games in Barcelona. Since then, DAEDO has successfully participated in numerous world-scale Taekwondo events, such as World Taekwondo Championships and the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. DAEDO has also developed the Protector & Scoring System which established new standards in Taekwondo, centralizing in one thing: fair play in Taekwondo.


ETU President stated: “We are glad to have the support of DAEDO International for one of the milestone moments of the European Taekwondo Union. It is very important for us to have such partners, that help us enhancing the European Taekwondo the way we do. DAEDO is a credible company that is always striving for development and constantly invests in improving its gears, providing the high quality equipment that Taekwondo possesses right now. This is what characterizes ETU as well. We keep our foundations strong, we invest in our athletes, our MNA’s and championships, always striving for quality, credibility and character. In DAEDO, we see ETU and this is what makes this partnership special.”
The ETU 40 Years Anniversary will be held in Bucharest, Romania on Friday 9th of September 2016, during the European Cadet Championships (8-10 September 2016).







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.





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