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            Montreux, 18 MAY 2016

 

GENEVA, Switzerland (May 18, 2016) – Staff from the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) and members of the international community were today given a unique opportunity to witness a gravity-defying performance of top-tier taekwondo and a chance to participate in a “crash course” in the martial art.

Present on this inaugural event was ETU President, Sakis Pragalos and ETU Secretary General, Michael Fysentzidis. “The European Taekwondo possesses such a dynamic that can support not only the sport perspective, but also contribute in different social, humanistic or cultural causes through synergies of trust and collaboration”, stated Mr Pragalos.


“Right in the heart of the United Nations, the institution that defends human rights and disseminates causes of good will, Taekwondo has found its rightful place”, added Mr. Fysentzidis.

 

 


The hour-long event was opened by UNOG Director General Michael Møller, who was awarded an honorary black belt by World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) President Chungwon Choue.


“Sports can play an important role in our collective efforts to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, our collective roadmap for action”, stated Mr. Møller. “The World Taekwondo Federation is doing its part by using taekwondo to promote fitness and personal fulfillment to those living in refugee camps around the world.”  
The WTF Demonstration Team showcased a range of taekwondo’s most spectacular, kicks, leaps, spins and breaks.
After a performance from some of the world’s top experts, Master Rene Bundeli, a former WTF Council member and former president of the Association Suisse de Taekwondo, taught a series of taekwondo basics to participants, assisted by WTF Demonstration Team members.
“It was a wonderful experience and it is encouraging to hear that taekwondo is contributing to global efforts on behalf of refugees and displaced persons,” a UNOG staff member remarked.


It is not the first time the WTF Demonstration Team has performed at the United Nations.
On 21 September 2015, the team delivered a demonstration at UN Headquarters in New York after which staff members were given a basic seminar in the sport.  At the event, Choue announced the launch of a new charity arm, the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation.

“It was a great honour for our team members to perform for the UN once again, and they were all very enthusiastic about this opportunity,” said Dr. Choue.  “I hope our demonstration, and Master Bundeli’s seminar, sparked an interest in taekwondo among those present.”

 

 

 

  


After their UNOG appearance, the WTF Demonstration Team are scheduled to perform at the European Taekwondo Championships in Montreux, Switzerland, on May, 19.

 

 

 

 

 

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS, MONTREUX 2016 – 2ndDAY PREVIEW
CATEGORIES: FEMALES -53 & -57 kg / MALES -563, & -68 kg


FEMALES -53 KG
* PARTICIPATION: 25 athletes - 23 countries

* THE EUROPEAN WINNERS IN 2014 (BAKU): 1st place: Ana Zaninovic (CRO), 2nd place: Yekaterina Kim (RUS),
3rd place: SuviMikkonen (FIN), Floriane Liborio (FRA)

* HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKINGS: Ana Zaninovic (CRO) No-2

* QUALIFICATION FROM THE WORLD PRESIDENT'S CUP: Floriane Liborio (FRA), Charlie Maddock (GBR), Ekaterina Kim (RUS), PatimatAbakarova (AZE).

* MOST MEDALS IN 2016: During the first five months of 2016, Ekaterina Kim (RUS) won three medals, all in the category of -53kg. In the Dutch Open she was second, while she was found in the third step of the podium in both the Belgian Open and the World President's Cup.

* WHAT YOU WILL SEE:

Eight athletes stand out in this category, half of which will be contenders to win the gold medal, based on their previous performance. At the top of that list are Ana Zaninovic (CRO), Floriane Liborio (FRA), Ekaterina Kim (RUS) and PatimatAbakarova (AZE).

Zaninovic, which has already gotten the qualification for Rio 2016 through the World Rankings, is the title holder in this particular category in the 2014 event of Baku. The athlete from Croatia, No.-2 in the World Rankings, was third in World Championship 2015 in Chelyabinsk, while she already has two European championship medals in total as he was second in 2012 in Manchester.
Liborio is No. 4 in the World-Rankings. She currently holds three medals in European Championships and in particular, two gold (St. Petersburg -53kg, Manchester -57kg) and a bronze (Baku -53kg). In the capital of Azerbaijan, she missed the opportunity to reach the final after being defeated14-2 by Kim (RUS).

Kim is participating in the Montreux event and will certainly play an important role in the distribution of medals. The Russian athlete, No.-9 in the World Ranking, in 2014 in Baku she was second, losing in the final to Zaninovic 10-7, while in 2016 she has won three medals,with the last bronze being won at the World President's Cup.

Abakarova, although originally registered and fought in -49kg,she finally decided to change categories. The athlete from Azerbaijan won no medals at the European Championships, though was third in the European Games 2015 in Baku, while last January she achieved qualification for Rio 2016 and he was in the top -49kg in Olympic Games Qualification Europe held in Istanbul.

The other four athletes are: DraganaGladovic (SRB, No-8), Manuela Bezzola (SUI, No-13), Tatiana Kudashova (RUS, No-26), Charlie Maddock (GBR, No-33).

FEMALES -57 KG
* PARTICIPATION: 27 athletes - 23 countries

*EUROPEAN WINNERS IN 2014 (BAKU): 1st place: Eva Calvo Gomez (ESP), 2nd place: Jade Jones (GBR), 3rd place: GunayAghakishiyeva (AZE), Nikita Glasnovic (SWE)

* HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKING: Jade Jones (GBR) Nov-1

* QUALIFICATION FROM WORLD PRESIDENT CUP: IndraCraen (BEL), Bruna Vuletic (CRO), Daria Zhuravleva (RUS), Hatice Kubra Ilgun (TUR)

* MOST MEDALS IN 2016:Raheleh Asemani (BEL) has won five medals, the most important being the gold in the Olympic Games Qualification Europe where she fought under the banner of WTF (refugee status). Asemani, who took Belgian nationality a few weeks ago, apart from the medal in Istanbul, was first in the Dutch Open, second in Slovenia Open, third at the Belgian Open and the Open of Germany, always in the category of -57kg.

* WHAT YOU WILL SEE:

It may be the most exciting category of women in the event of Montreux. Favorites for the gold medal are many. It is no coincidence that in this category, four of the five athletes who have secured qualification for the Rio Olympics in the -57 kg are present. They are Jade Jones (GBR), RahelehAsemani (BEL), SuviMikkonen (FIN), Eva Calvo Gomez (ESP) and Nikita Glasnovic (SWE).

Jones is No 1 in World Rankings. This gymnast was found at the top of the -57 kg in the London Olympics. Her palmare includes three medals in the European Championships, but never a gold. In 2010 in Russia she was third (lost in semifinals ro Jennifer Agren by 11-9), in 2012 in Britain she was also third (defeated by Edina Kotsis by 16-8), while two years ago in Baku came second (lost by 11-9 to Calvo Gomez). Could now be the time to find herself on the highest step of the podium for the first time in her career? We will know the answer by Friday.

Calvo Gomez currently holds the No 2 in the World Rankings. In 2014 in Baku she was first in this category, while a year later she won the silver medal at the World Championships of Chelyabinsk. She also possesses another world medal (bronze) in 2013 in Puebla, and one bronze medal at the European Games 2015 in Baku again.

Regarding Glasnovic, which has also achieved qualification for Rio through World rankings (No. 3 in May), she was third in the European Championships in Baku in 2014. At the European Championships Olympic Categories, which made her maiden appearance last year in Russia, she won in the final by 9-5 against MilanaDriamova (RUS).

Asemani was recently naturalized as a Belgian. Located in No. 14 World Ranking, this year has swept everything away in her path. Five medals, the most important of them being the gold in Olympic Games Qualification Europe in Istanbul. At the Rio Olympics, according to what was enforced in the Turkey event, she will fight under the refugee team set up by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Mikkonen, who also got the qualification for Rio via Istanbul, was third last year, but in -53 kg. This year she chose to fight in the class we will see her in Rio as well. She currently holds no.114 of the World Rankings.

MALES -63 kg
* PARTICIPATION: 31 athletes - 28 countries

* WINNERS OF THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 (Baku): 1st place: JaouadAchab (Bel), 2nd place: Jure Pantar (Slo), 3rd place: IoannisPilavakis (Cyp), Mario Silva (Por).

* HIGHEST POSITION IN THE WORLD RANKINGS: JaouadAchab (Bel) No 1

* QUALIFICATION FROM THE PRESIDENT'S CUP: Mahammad Mammadov (Aze), LovreBrecic (CRO), Deni AndrunRazic (Cro), ShamsutdinGamzatov (Rus).

* MOST MEDALS IN 2016: MitkoDzhordzhev (Bul) has got three medals, but all in the category of -68 kg. He was first in the Dutch and Belgian open, while ranked second in Turkish open.

* WHAT WE WILL SEE:
Three athletes are the favorites for the gold medal in this category. Joel Gonzalez Bonila (ESP), gold medallist in the London Olympics 2012, JaouadAchab (Bel), title holder of the organization of Baku in 2014, as well as Jure Pantar (SLO), second in the last European championships. Achab is the no-1 in the world ranking of May. He is the world (2015 Chelyabinsk) and European champion (2014, Baku). Through the position of the world ranking, he was able to ensure the qualification for the Rio Olympic games. To 2015 in Russia prevailed by 7-6 against Gonzalez Bonilla, with these rivals expected to be seen again facing each other at the final of Montreux 2016. Gonzalez Bonilla is the athlete achieving the most and greatest feats in the category of -63 kg. First in the London Olympics, three medals (two gold, a silver) at the level of men in the world championships and three medals -all gold- in European championships, two of them at the level of men. An important role regarding medals is expected by Jure Pantar (Slo, No. 21) and IoannisPilavakis (Cyp, No. 18), athletes who in the European championship in Baku were second and third respectively. Pantar reached the semifinals of the Olympic games qualification Europe, but was defeated 16-6 by Karol Robak (Pol) and as a result he was disqualified from the Olympic games.

MALES -68 KG
* PARTICIPATION: 36 athletes - 32 countries

* THE WINNERS OF EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS 2014 (BAKU): 1st place: ServetTazegul (TUR), 2nd place: Alexei Denisenko (RUS), 3rd place: VladislavArventii (MDA), Ruebyn Richards (GBR)

* HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKING: ServetTazegul (TUR) No-3

* QUALIFICATION FROM WORLD PRESIDENT CUP: PieroMaric (CRO), Marco Mutak (CRO), Konstantin Minin (RUS), BerkayAkyol (TUR).

* MOST MEDALS IN 2016: Konstantin Minin (RUS) has had three bronze medals so far this year. He was third in the Dutch Open, the Belgian Open and most recently at the World Presidents Cup always in the category of -68 kg

* WHAT YOU WILL SEE:

ServetTazegul (TUR), and in the absence of Alexey Denisenko (RUS) who is the No-1 of the World Rankings, is the favorite to win the gold medal. A gold medal which will not be the first to Tazegul in European Championships, having already won four consecutive ones. In 2008, in the final of the -67kg he beat IlkinShahbazov (AZE), in 2010 and 2012 in the final of the -68kg he beat Filip Grgic (CRO), and in 2014 he won the final against Denisenko 1-0 (Sudden death) .

Besides Tazegul, the first plea regarding medals is expected by Jose Antonio RosilloAtencia (ESP), Karol Robak (POL), BerkayAkyol (TUR) and Filip Grgic (CRO).

Rosillo is No7 in the World Rankings. At the World Championships in Chelyabinsk he was third, as in 2013 in Puebla.Robak, No-10 on the World Ranking at last year's European Championships Olympic Categories he was third, while this year he managed to secure qualification for Rio 2016 because of the gold medal he won in the Olympic Games Qualification Europe. Grgic has, among others, three silver medals at the European Championships and a gold in the World championships of 2007 in Beijing. Qualifying for Rio 2016 he won the Olympic Games Qualification Europe held in Istanbul after winning 16-9 against DamirFejzic (SRB).

It should be noted that the Federation of Russia withdrew in the last minute the participation of Denisenko, putting in his place VlacheslavMinin, brother of Konstantin Minin who also participates in -68kg. The fact is, however, indisputable that the class became poorer, since Denisenko holds an Olympic medal (London 2012 3rd place), a World medal (Chelyabinsk 2015 2nd place) and a European medal (Baku 2014, 2nd place)in men's level.

The program of the second day:
08: 30-14: 00 Preliminary Round - Quarterfinals - Semifinals
17-00-18: 20 Finals
 Medal Ceremonies

 

 

ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016 Press Conference                Montreux, 17 MAY 2016


The official Press Release for the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016 took place on 17 May in Eurotel Montreux.
In this milestone event for the European Taekwondo Union, 387 athletes from 47 countries are participating, among them 41 out of 42 European athletes that have qualified for the Olympic Games Rio 2016.


The press conference was the President of the Organizing Committee Jean-Marie Ayer, the ETU Secretary General Michael Fysentzidis, the Mayor of the city of Montreux Laurent Wehlri, the President of the Swiss Taekwondo Federation Abdenbi Amhand Servet Tazegul.


Present during the conference was also the official Press Officer Genevieve Brunner and the Vice-President of the Organizing Committee, Yves Depallenes.
Jean-Marie Ayer said: “The dynamic of this event before the Olympic Games Rio 2016 is paramount, since 41 out of 42 athletes that have qualified for Rio 2016 will compete during the days of the Championships.”


E.T.U Secretary General Michael Fysentzidis stated: “All spectators can witness first-hand the elite of European Taekwondo fighters and most probably some of the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic medallists.”


The Mayor of the city of Montreux elaborated on “What is Montreux” and its efforts for an integrated citizen-centered sport and culture community.
Salle Omnisport du Pierrer is ready to welcome the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016. All national teams have arrived in Montreux and everything is set to celebrate the 22nd European Taekwondo Championships on 19-22 May.

 

 

 

 


ETU EUROPEAN TAEKWONDO CHAMPIONSHIPS MONTREUX 2016
CATEGORIES: FEMALES -46 & -49 kg / MALES -54, & -58 kg


                                Montreux, 17 MAY 2016

FEMALES - 46 kg
* PARTICIPATION: 15 athletes - 15 countries
* EUROPEAN WINNERS 2014 (BAKU): 1st place: Hajer Mustapha (FRA), 2nd: Iryna Romoldanova (UKR), 3rd place: Asia Bailey (GBR), Mateja Kunovic (CRO)
* HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKING: Kyriaki Kouttouki (CYP) No-1
* QUALIFICATION FROM WORLD PRESIDENT CUP: Kyriaki Kouttouki (CYP), Dina Pouryounes Langeroudi (ETU), Blanca Palmer Soler (ESP)
* MOST MEDALS IN 2016: Maryam Ismaili (BEL) is the athlete with the most medals this year. Ismaili has got five medals, namely: Ukraine Open (gold, -46kg.), Belgian Open (silver, -46kg), Fujairah Open (bronze, -46kg), Slovenia Open (bronze, -46kg), Spanish Open (-46kg ).

* WHAT WE WILL SEE:
Participating athletes are those who made the final in 2014 in Baku. The French Hajer Mustapha (Nov-9) and Iryna Romoldanova (Nov-9) from Ukraine. At the highest step of the podium was Mustapha, leaving in second place the Romoldanova, which in January claimed the qualification of the Rio Olympics through the Olympic Qualification tournament, but was limited to the 3rd position of -49 kg.
In 2015, the World Championships of the Chelyabinsk Romoldanova was second at -46 kilos. In fact she was the only European representative on the podium in that category.
The two athletes are among the favorites for the gold medal and the organization of Montreux, while the same list also includes:
- Kyriaki Kouttouki (CYP) is No-1 in the World Ranking,
- Maryam Ismaili (BEL, Nov-11)
- Rukiye Yildirim (TUR, No-64) which among others the two medals in European women (St. Petersburg 2010, gold & Manchester 2012, bronze)
- Dina Pouryounes Langeroudi (ETU) which is in the 27th place World Ranking, even winning 14 places in the rankings announced for the month of May.

FEMALES - 49 kg
* PARTICIPATION: 19 athletes - 16 countries
* THE EUROPEAN WINNERS 2014 (BAKU): 1st place: Lucija Zaninovic (CRO), 2nd place: Yasmina Aziez (FRA), 3rd place: Ivett Gonda (HUN), Svetlana Igumenova (RUS)
* HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKING:
Yasmina Aziez (FRA) No-1
* QUALIFICATION FROM WORLD PRESIDENT CUP: Kristina Tomic (CRO), Alexandra Lychagina (RUS), Sasa Damnjanovic (SRB).
* MOST MEDALS IN 2016: Christina Tomic (CRO) is the athlete with the most medals this year. Tomic has won four medals, namely: Slovenia Open (-49kg, gold), Ukraine Open (-49kg, gold), World Presidents Cup (-49kg gold), Turkish Open (-49kg bronze).

* WHAT WE WILL SEE:
Lucija Zaninovic (CRO, No.-2) seems to be the absolute favorite for the gold medal. She already counts three gold medals in the last three competitions (St. Petersburg, Manchester, Baku) and in the event of Montreux she will attempt to make them 4 out of 4. Zaninovic, which in August will be present in «Rio 2016», is the only athlete in this class that has a medal in the Olympic Games, namely bronze at London 2012.

The main opponent to claim the gold medal will be the No.-1 World Ranking, Yasmina Aziez from France. Aziez has also has secured a place for «Rio 2016» (through the Olympic Games Qualification Europe), and has been found twice in the final European Championship, but she both times experienced defeat by Zaninovic resulting to stay in second place, while 2012 in Manchester was also third in the -49kg.

Among the other contenders gold medal, four names particularly stand out:
- Tijana Bogdanovic (SRB No-8) was third in the World Championships of Chelyabinsk in 2015, second in the European Championships Olympic Categories of Russia in the same year and will also be present at the Rio Olympics due to the second position she took at Olympic games Qualification Europe last January,
- Svetlana Igumenova (RUS No-11) in 2015 was found in the third step of the podium in both the World and European Championship,
- Erica Nicoli (ITA No-29) last year was third in the European Championships Olympic Categories, while she almost made it to the Rio Olympics, but eventually ranked third in the Qualification Tournament in Istanbul.

MALES - 54 kg
* PARTICIPATION: 26 athletes - 23 countries
* THE WINNERS OF THE 2014 EUROPEAN (BAKU): 1st place: Stepan Dimitrov (MDA), 2nd place: Georgios Simitsis (GRE), 3rd place: Jesus Tortosa Gabreta (ESP), Mehmet Dolas (TUR)
* HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKING: Jack Wolley (IRL) No-4
* QUALIFICATION FROM WORLD PRESIDENT CUP: Majid Sofiyev (AZE), Jorge Canales Torres (ESP), Jesus Tortosa Cabrera (ESP), Stanislav Denisov (RUS), Ovidiu Trifan (ROU).
* MOST MEDALS IN 2016: Jack Woolley (IRL) has celebrated five medals, most recently the bronze in German Open. Earlier this year he was second in the US Open, second in Fujairah Open and the Spanish Open, and participated in the Olympic Games Qualification Europe but was limited to third place and the bronze medal thus excluded from the Rio Olympics.

* WHAT WE WILL SEE:
It's among the categories where the prediction for the athlete who will win the gold medal is rather risky. Seemingly, closer to the gold are the Jesus Tortosa Cabrera (ESP), Giorgos Simitsis (GRE), Stanislav Denisov (RUS), Jack Wolley (IRL) and Mourad Laachraoui (BEL).
The Spanish athlete (No-8) was third in the last European Championship, but earlier this year and through the Olympic Games Qualification Europe, he managed to win the silver medal and ensure qualification for «Rio 2016» in the category of -58kg which gives him the lead and in the chase for the gold medal.

Simitsis (No-15), in 2014 last European Championship was second, while in 2016 has won a gold medal (Slovenia Open, -58kg) and a bronze (Belgian Open, -54kg).
The third of the favorites, Russian Denisov (No-6) won the bronze medal at last year's World Championships in Chelyabinsk, and already counts three bronze medals this year at Dutch Open, Belgian Open and World Presidents Cup, all in the category of -54kg .
Wolley, the athlete who is in 4th place of the World Rankings, claimed the qualification for the Rio Olympics but was eliminated after the defeat by Ron Atias (ISR) with a score of 12-10 in the semifinals. However, from this organization he took the bronze medal, while in his palmare he has four more in 2016. Recently he was third in the German Open, while earlier he was second in the US Open, second in Fujairah Open and the Spanish Open.
Laachraoui is very combative and has got very high expectations for gold in Montreux. Being No-5 in the world rankings, he has four medals this year, with major being the gold at the US Open in Luxor Open. Also he was third in Canadian Open and Fujairah Open.

MALES - 58 kg
* PARTICIPATION: 30 athletes - 28 countries
* WINNERS OF THE 2014 EUROPEAN (BAKU): 1st place: Rui Braganca (POR), 2nd place: Levent Tuncat (GER), 3rd place: Dylan Chellamootoo, Ruslan Poiseyev (RUS)
* HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKING: Rui Braganca (POR) No-2
* QUALIFICATION FROM WORLD PRESIDENT CUP: Salaheddine Bensaleh (BEL), Shalva Shubitidze (RUS), Milos Gladovic (SRB)
* MOST MEDALS IN 2016: Milos Gladovic (SRB) may not be able to qualify for the Rio Olympics, he ranked third in the Olympic Games Qualification Europe (-58kg), but this year has already been found four times on the podium . He was first in the Dutch Open, World Presidents Cup, second in Slovenia Open and Belgian Open.

* WHAT WE WILL SEE:
Four athletes out of the five that are in the lead for the gold medal, have already secured qualification for the Rio Olympics. These are Rui Braganca (POR), Levent Tuncat (GER), Si Mohamed Ketbi (BEL) and Ron Atias (ISR).
Braganca, No.-2 in the World Ranking, is the title holder in this category in the event of Baku in 2014. In his resume, among others, he has a gold medal in the European Championships Olympic Categories held last year in Baku.
Tuncat, currently is No.-3 in the world ranking. In Montreux he will claim his fourth gold medal at the European Championships and fifth overall since last year in Baku he was second.
Ketbi hasn't won a medal at the Men's European Championship, however, last year in Chelyabinsk he was second in -58 kg. Being at No-6 of the World Rankings, through which he gets to qualify for Rio 2016.
Atias (ISR, No-80) in the final of the Olympic Games Qualification Europe topped the category of -58 kg (in the final defeating Jesus Tortosa of Spain by 3-2) and ensured his qualification for Rio.

Apart from the above, favorites for the gold medal are:
- Ruslan Poiseev (RUS, No-18) third in both the European 2014 (Baku), and the World Championship 2015 (Chelyabinsk)
- Milos Gladovic (ISR, No-5) has the most medals this year, most recently in the World Presidents Cup when he won the final by 6-5 against Salaheddine Bensaleh (BEL, No-13) also among the favorites for the first place.

The program of the first day:
08: 30-14: 00 Preliminary Round - Quarterfinals - Semifinals
17-00-18: 30 Finals - Medal Ceremonies
19:00 Opening Ceremony

 

 

ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016 in Numbers                                Montreux, 16 MAY 2016

Entering the final week of the ETU European Championships Montreux 2016, this competition represents the 22nd European Championship.
This is the first ever retrospection of the European Taekwondo Championships, depicted in 34 numbers, from 1 until 1.720.000.
1: For the first time, Switzerland is organising European Taekwondo Senior Championships following its predecessor Azerbaijan (2014).
2: This will be the second live TV broadcasting of the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016, first being in Baku two years ago.
3: The number of athletes who will celebrate their birthday at the games. These athletes are Rosillo Atencia (ESP, 20.05.1990), Ovidiu Trifan (ROM, 21.05.1998), and Marko Majkovic (CRO, 21.05.1997).
3: The number of International Sport Federations that have been founded in Montreux
o   1923 Internation Bobsleigh Federation (IBSF)
o   International Waterski Federation (IWSF)
o   1924 : Fédération Internationale de roller sports (FIRS)
5: The highest number of gold medals awarded to a single athlete in the history of the European Championships. Top in the list of men is Geremia Di Constanzo (ITA) and in the list of women is Coral Bistuer (ESP).
7:  Gwladys Epangue’s (FRA) total number of medals, who will not be present at the games this year. The French athlete, who has secured her place in Rio 2016, has 3 gold, 3 silver and one bronze medal. The respective male athletes are Seifula Magomedov (RUS) and Bahri Tanrikulu (TUR) who also have 7 medals.
8: The number of cameras that will be used to cover the TV broadcasting of the event. The finals will be held on terrain 2.
10:  The number of Olympic medallists who will participate in the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016. Four of those athletes (Milica Mandic – SRB, Jade Jones – GBR, ServetTazegul – TUR, Joel Gonzalez Bonilla – ESP) have a gold medal.
10: The number of European Championships in different sports that Montreux has hosted
o   1910 : Ice Hockey
o   1924, 1925,  1927, 1929, 1931, 1939, 1948 : Roller-Hockey
o   2015 : Fencing
o   2016 : Taekwondo
11: The number of times the European Taekwondo Championship has coincided with the Olympic Games.
14: The number of people on the WTF Demonstration Team. The show will take place during the opening ceremony of the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016, on the first day of the competition (19/05/2016).
16:  The age of the youngest participant in the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016. Maria Arslanoglou (GRE) who was born on 4.9.1999 will be 16 years, 8 months and 15 days old on the first day of the competition.
18: The number of people behind the Team of Host Broadcaster which will be responsible for broadcasting the games in the whole of Europe and not only.
19:  The number of European countries participating in the Olympic Games Rio 2016, also participating in ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016.
22: The ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016 marks the 22nd time which the games will be held. The first was in Barcelona in 1976.
31: The age of the oldest female athlete taking participating in the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016.  Larysa Gershanok (ISR), on the first day of the competition, will be 31 years, 6 months and 16 days or 11.520 days old.
34:  The number of countries which have won at least one medal in the men’s/women’s European Taekwondo Championships. Spain is in the first place with 175 medals.
36: The men’s -68kg category is the most popular, since 36 athletes from 32 countries will be participating.
39: Teemu Heino (FIN) will be the oldest athlete participating in ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016. He was born on 15.12.1976 and will be 39 years old, 9 months and 4 days or 14.522 days old on the first day of the competition.
42: The European athletes which have get the golden ticket to the Olympic Games Rio 2016. 41 of them will be present in ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016.
47:  47 out of 50 Member National Associations (MNA’s) of the European Taekwondo Union will be present at the four terrains of Salle Omnisports du Pierrier – setting a new record for the European Taekwondo Championships.
64: The number of medals which will be awarded to the athletes during the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016.
70: The number of volunteers for the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016.
80: The number of minutes which will be broadcasted live each day during the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016. The live coverage of the event will be equal to more than five hours.
86:  The days left between the completion of the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016 and the beginning of the Taekwondo sport at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 (17-20 August)
387: The participating athletes in ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016.
598: The total number of athletes, team officials and referees attending the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016.
1288: The total number of medals awarded at the 21 previous European Taekwondo Championships.
1976: The year the European Taekwondo Union was founded. This year marks its 40th anniversary, that will be celebrated in Romania in September 2016.
1980:  The year when women entered the European Championship Programme. Worth mentioning is that the European Taekwondo Championship was held before the respective Women’s World Championship.
2015: The European Olympic Weight Categories Championship is introduced by ETU. A brand new European Championship, hosted for the first time in Russia in 2015.
100.000: Views of the official teaser trailer of the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016 via YouTube and Facebook, only just the first week of May.
1.720.000: The latest Taekwondo event TV broadcasting (EQT) was watched just in Netherlands, by more than a million viewers.

 

 

The ETU President Sakis Pragalos was present at the extraordinary WTF Council Meeting held in MUJU, Korea (May 6, 2016).
Overall 27 Council members and 2 auditors attended the meeting.
The WTF Council finalized its preparations for the Rio 2016.
An overview report of the Olympic Taekwondo training and competition venue was presented and after discussion, the Council approved to allow the placement of national flags, as well as permitting colored pants for the first time in Rio 2016.
The Council was also updated on the TOKYO 2020 agenda and venue, where Para-taekwondo will make its debut.
The next brainstorming meeting will be held in Rio on August 19 after the Olympic Games, while the next Council meeting will be held in Burnaby, Canada in 16-20 November at the 2016 World Taekwondo Junior Championships.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twelve days remaining until Montreux                                Montreux, 7 MAY 2016

The excitement is growing in Montreux, as the “Pearl of the Swiss Riviera” is getting ready to welcome from May 19 to 22, the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016, the final cardinal event to be hosted in the Old Continent.

Just a few months prior to Rio Olympic Taekwondo Competition, a total of 387 Taekwondo fighters from 46 countries are set to compete in the 22nd edition of the European Championships (20th for the women’s category) to place themselves in the Pantheon of winning athletes, performing at top level.

In fact, for the first time in the history of the competition, the medal winners of the 1st WTF President’s Cup (held 7-10 April in Bonn, Germany), qualified directly to the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016, therefore earning each country the right to compete with more than one athlete in every category.

Some of the brightest stars of world Taekwondo will parade at the European Championships in Montreux, prepared to offer a great spectacle on the four courts of “Salle Omnisports du Pierrier”.

The Road to Rio passes through Montreux
The European Taekwondo Championships, held for the first time in Switzerland, will be under the spotlight, as 41 out 42 athletes of both men’s and women’s categories have earned the “golden” ticket for Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. Among them, the four (4) Gold medallists of London 2012, Jade Jones from Great Britain, Servet Tazegül from Turkey, Joel González from Spain and Milica Mandić from Serbia will also give their best performance, exploiting their dynamic before Rio 2016.

Save the dates
The official Press Conference is scheduled for Tuesday May 17, while the draw will be held the following day. The Championships will start on Thursday May 19 to be concluded on Sunday May 22. The Opening Ceremony, which will take place upon completion of the Finals of the first day, will also include exhibition matches by the WTF Demonstration Team.

The ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016 is supported by the Swiss Olympic Association.

About ETU:
As the European continental organization of the World Taekwondo Federation, the ETU is the official governing body taekwondo in Europe. It comprises the National Taekwondo Federations of all the European member nations and regulates all Taekwondo matters on a continental basis.

ETU Media Contact
Effie Zikouli
Chairwoman, ETU TV & Media Committee
(+30) 690 96 54 690
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Now that the registration period is over we would like to take the opportunity to welcome you to the European Taekwondo Senior Championships 2016 that will be held in Montreux, Switzerland from May 19th to May 22nd in the Salle Omnisports du Pierrier.

In this occasion we would like to give you some useful information on the registration process of all contestants/teams.

Team registration will take place in Eurotel Hotel (Grand-Rue 81 , CH-1820 Montreux, Switzerland)  

May 16th from 14.00-20.00  

May 17th from 10.00-20.00



Please bring with you:

1)      The Bank statement  of the Entry fees of your Team for Montreux

2)      A hard copy of the confirmation e-mail from Hangastar

3)      The ETU Coaches License (card or Certificate) of your Teams’ Trainers & Coaches

4)      The Bank statement of the Annual fee for 2016 of your National Federation. In case your payment is still pending, you will be requested to make it in cash during registration.

5)      All Coaches will have to wear  a formal suit on Semifinals and Finals

6)      You are kindly reminded that your Team is entitled to the following accreditation cards:

Head of Team : 1/ Manager: 1/ Coaches: 2/ Trainers : 2/ Team Doctor: 1 / Athletes:  8 male- 8 female

Looking forward to meeting you in Montreux.

 

 

 


Τhe aim of the President's Cup, was to give all athletes a second chance. Therefore, all President's Cup Senior medalists will qualify for the ETU European Championships Montreux 2016 and will have the opportunity to shocase their talent and compete along with their national team.

You may find all the President's Cup medalists, that qualify automatically for the European Championships in Montreux, Here!

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