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The 3rd WT President’s Cup 2018 taking place in Athens these days, has been honored by the presence of thousands of taekwondo followers and by the presence of World Taekwondo Officials and Executives.


On the occasion of the relevant event, WTE President Sakis Pragalos sincerely welcomed in Athens H.E. the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Bulgaria Shin Boonam, the WTE Vice-President and BTF President Slavi Binev, the WT Council Member Inseon Kim, the WTE Honorary President Park Soo Nam, the WTE Council Members Jacop Asp and Antonio Barbarino and the BTF Secretary-General Alexander Minev


The sincerely and active sustenance and effort into the sport of Taekwondo by dynamic personalities is uppermost of importance and highly inspirational for the development and the expansion of Taekwondo worldwide since the unity and the exceptional cooperation within the sport is the major key for the utter success.  


The 3rd edition of the WT President’s Cup – Europe 2018 is held under the greatest possible circumstances and motivated support of the Taekwondo individuals, so as the athletes of the sport will topmost enjoy the event and get memorable experiences by their participation.  



Greece (April, 25) - In the middle of the Aegean Sea, World Taekwondo Beach Championships were successfully launched in Rhodes island, Greece. The first competition day begun in a totally summer mood in both outfit and atmosphere, joining national taekwondo teams from across the world to celebrate the sport, while participating in the most spectacular taekwondo championships.

The World Taekwondo Beach Championships, promoted by World Taekwondo and Organized by World Taekwondo Europe with co-organizers the Government of South Aegean Region, the Municipality of Rhodes and Sports Traveler 76, are characterized as a new chapter in taekwondo and prove that the sport continues to evolve, while the dynamic of Poomsae captures the spectators’ eyes. During the first day, the eighteen participating countries demonstrated high level of technical skills, combining speed, accuracy and excellent synchronization.

Following the competitions, the opening ceremony of the championships was realized. Surrounded by the historic and picturesque scenery of Rhodes, the National teams along with the referees were gathered at the Gate of Freedom in the Medieval City, where the orchestral band of Rhodes City also joined. The ceremony started with the flag parade, with all national teams walking through the medieval alleys of the city.

The parade entered the “Melina Mercouri” Medieval Moat Theater, already filled with all delegates and visitors. The opening speech was given by the Mayor of Rhodes Fotis Chatzidiakos highlighting the recognition of the championships worldwide, even from their inaugural launch last year and followed by the Vice-Governor of Sport, Culture and Tourism of the South Aegean Region Marietta Papavasiliou’s speech, who mentioned that the historic island of Rhodes becomes a place of unity between the five continents and nations in the name of sport spirit. The World Taekwondo Europe appointee and OCOG Athens 2004 member Nikos Exarchos continued on behalf of World Taekwondo Europe, noting that the initiative of World Taekwondo to introduce the sport to outdoor venues is truly innovative for taekwondo, and congratulated the Organizing Committee for a successful organization. World Taekwondo Media Committee Chairman and WTE Vice-President Michel Madar declared the World Taekwondo Beach Championships open and stated: “The World Taekwondo Beach Championships opened new horizons for the sport of Taekwondo, connecting it with new, young audiences. The opening ceremony is being held today at the World Heritage Medieval city of Rhodes and fuses together sport, culture and heritage.”

The ceremony continued with a spectacular show by the WT Demo Team and a Poomsae demonstration from local young taekwondo athletes and technical breakings from local instructors, while all delegates, IRs and athletes, renewed their meeting for the upcoming competition day.





Photo credits: Sakis Gioumpasis, Nikos Karanikolas 




Please check the following link for the draws day 2 - WT Presidents Cup 2018

files/3rd WT PC2018/DRAWS_DAY_2.pdf


The marvelous third version of World Taekwondo President’s Cup - Europe 2018 was launched by the completion of the first day of Taekwondo action, here in Athens.


The “Ano Liosia Olympic Hall” welcomed more than 3,000 international athletes, coaches and officials from 5 continents, who altered the venue into a stunning ether of sport feast that will endure for five days (25-29).



Throughout the initiation day of the tournament, cadets, juniors and senior competitors took to the mats in the Olympic Indoor Hall, fighting for the prestigious title of WT President’s Cup Champion 2018.



As a result, the highlights of the first competition day go to Turkey and Russia since its representatives made a dynamic debut to the tournament having collected 12 medals for each country totally into the today’s participating weight & age categories.


For the Final Results Day 1 please click the link below:

files/3rd WT PC2018/RESULTS_DAY_1.pdf



The countries participating in the tournament are: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, DR Congo, Egypt, Finland, France, French Guiana, Gabon, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, FYROM, Malta, Mexico, Moldova , Monaco, the Netherlands, Niger, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United States and Uruguay. 


The media sponsors of the event are: Cosmote TV, the SPORT FM 94,6 radio channel, the websites OnSports & Zougla and the Sport Time newspaper.


Photo Credits: Pelagia Karanikola











The awaited WT President's Cup 2018 edition 3, will take place tomorrow and thus the draws for athletes competing at the first day of tournament are now available.


You can check the following link & good luck to all the competitors:

files/3rd WT PC2018/DRAWS_DAY_1_UPDATED_SENIOR_FEMALE_-49_.pdf


Athens, 24 APRIL 2018

The massive event 3rd WT President’s Cup - Europe 2018, launches tomorrow and thus competitors and audience will have the chance to compete and enjoy the top G-Ranking tournament for five (5) days, 25-29 April, in the capital city of Greece.


On the occasion, the World Taekwondo Europe President Sakis Pragalos welcomes World Taekwondo family in Athens: “It is a great pleasure to welcome all the international athletes, coaches, referees and officials in the city of Athens for the 2018 WT President’s Cup-Europe. I would like to take the chance and thank the South Greek Taekwondo Union (ETANE) and all the individuals involved, for their dynamic contribution in the realization of the event and all the delegates that will give their presence at this massive G-Ranking Taekwondo tournament. The supremacy of the relevant event has being emphasised and empowered by the new record of participation of 2,500 athletes from 63 countries, including elite athletes of our sport- Olympic, World and European Champions. To all international athletes that will be present at “Ano Liosia Olympic Indoor Hall”, I would like to wish the best of the results and the most important, to enjoy this significant event “.


Moreover, the World Taekwondo Europe Secretary-General Michael Fysentzidis noted: “The WT President’s Cup is undeniably an extraordinary innovation tournament which was first introduced in Bonn, Germany in 2016, one year later it became an all-time record event and now the third edition breaks its own record with 2,500 participations. The attentiveness of the Taekwondo family in the 2018 version met and surpassed the high expectations and this is a major motivation for all individuals involved in the provisions for the anticipated G-Ranking tournament. “


Continuing, he added: “Key-factor is the long-lasting experience and the excellent ability of World Taekwondo Europe (WTE) and South Greek Taekwondo Union (ETANE)personnelin organizing Taekwondo Championships which led to the best possible outcome concerning the infrastructures of the event. Concluding, I would like to wish good luck to all the participants, coaches and referees and hopefully the 3rd edition of the WT President’s Cup in Europe will be an unforgettable experience for everyone.”


The “Ano Liosia Olympic Indoor Hall” in Athens, awaits the 2,500 international athletes from 5 continents and 63 countries worldwide for a unique participation at the record event.


The 3rd edition of the WT President’s Cup 2018 is organized by the World Taekwondo Europe (WTE) and supported by the South Greek Taekwondo Union (ETANE).





Athens, 23 April 2018

The 3rd edition of the WT President’s Cup - Europe met the predictions and surpassed the previous two with a new record of participation. The significant international G-Ranking event fascinates the Taekwondo public and thus, achieved to growth the excitement year by year. As a result, the 2018 version of the tournament attracted 2500 international athletes from 63 countries and 5 continents, 586 clubs and 710 officials and proved to have the competence in record-breaking.


It is worth mentioning that, during the first three hours of the opening of the registration on 20 February 2018, 1500 registrations were made according to the Online Event Registration Overview something that endorses the great enthusiasm of the public in partaking to the superior event.


Event Throwback


The innovating event made its debut in the European continent during 2016 in the city of Bonn in Germany and one year later in Athens, Greece and was included in the 2017 Top 3 Ranked Events by athletes’ participation.


Nevertheless the fact that it was a brand-new tournament among its existing ones, the WT President’s Cup achieved to be established between the Taekwondo continental unions at forthwith.


The milestone of the G-2 Tournament success was the innovation that all the medalists from all three (3) competition categories were automatically qualified for the European Taekwondo Championships of the respective age category.


The elite participations 2018


The supremacy of the event is highlighted again this year by the participation of top-class Taekwondo athletes who will be present at “Ano Liosia Olympic Hall” in Athens two weeks prior the WTE European Championships in Kazan, Russia. Athletes who managed to achieve places on the winners’ podium during the Olympic Games, World and European Championships. 


Therefore, the 3rd WT President’s Cup welcomes two Olympic, World and European Champions, Radik Isayev from Azerbaijan and Joel Gonzalez Bonilla of Spain.


Also, the Russian holder of the Silver Olympic Medal in Rio 2016 and Bronze in London 2012, Alexey Deniskenko will give his present with the Azerbaijani Beigi Harchegani Milad who won the bronze medal in the Olympic Games 2016 and the title of the European Champion in Montreux during the same year (2016).


The World silver medallist Vladislav Larin (RUS) will be also present among with the European Champions Mourad Laachraoui (BEL), Rui Braganca (POR) and Aaron Cook (MDA).


From the women scope, the holder of two Olympic medals - Silver in London 2012 and Bronze in Rio 2016- World and European Champion Nur Tatar from Turkey and Patimat Abakarova (AZE) - Bronze medallist Rio2016 will travel to Athens for the outstanding event. Among them, the World and European Champion Irem Yaman (TUR) and silver World medallist and European Champion Tatiana Kudashova of Russia will also attend the massive event.


Hence, forty-eight hours prior the 3rd WT President’s Cup 2018, the organizer World Taekwondo Europe (WTE) and the supporter South Greek Taekwondo Union (ETANE) of the extraordinary event are ready to welcome all the athletes at “Ano Liosia Olympic Hall” in Athens during the dates 25-29 April with one major goal∙ to create a memorable experience to all the contestants and audience.


Photo Credits: Shutterstock


Achieving in smashing the previous record of 1,152, eight thousand taekwondo enthusiasts came together on 21 April, 2018 on a green field in Seoul, South Korea.


The practitioners of all ages, privileged to take part in the “world-record breaking display” of our sport, in an attempt to break a Guinness world record. 


The world- record breaking Taekwondo demonstration was a performance of a series of synchronised moves while the practitioners,experienced and young children new to taekwondo,seem to incorporate and air aerobics teams flew overhead in celebration.


Photo Credits: Shutterstock


They claim to have broken the previous record of 1,152 that was set in Hyderabad, India two years ago.


However, that attempt was ratified by the Guinness World Book of Records but it is unclear if the latest attempt in South Korea matches the body's criteria. 


Every contestant had to accomplish the martial arts routine simultaneously for a minimum of ten minutes and to a 'reasonable standard', in order to attain the record.


Source: Dailymail



On Wednesday 18th April 2018 three members of the Great Britain Para-Poomsae P20 Squad were invited to Parliament to do a demonstration and meet some members of Parliament.


The invitation was arranged by Mencap who are the voice of learning disability in the UK, working alongside other organisations to increase awareness and opportunities for elite athletes with an Intellectual impairment. 


Representatives from Mencap came to watch the Poomsae category at the 2017 World Taekwondo Para Championships in London and were impressed by the elite level of the P20 and the GB Medal winners.


The meeting was an All Party Parliamentary Group on Learning Disability (APPG) and was chaired by the Rt. Hon Mark Harper MP with Kate Green MP and Baroness Hollins as Vice Chairs.


The meeting discussed the reintroduction of athletes with a learning disability to the Paralympics, and the lack of medal opportunities for athletes with a learning disability.  Although Para-Poomsae does not have Olympic recognition the APPG committee were very impressed with British Taekwondo GB Para-Poomsae as there is a clear Elite Pathway with awareness, provisions and opportunities to compete at National, International, European and World Level to represent Great Britain.


The Squad Members spoke about their Taekwondo journey and accomplishments, they also performed individually and also helped encourage a taster session for the Members of Parliament to have a go at Taekwondo.




It was an amazing experience and the British Taekwondo GB Para-Poomsae Coaches; Gemma Biescas, Russell Watkinson & Terry Cooper all commented on what great ambassadors the athletes were for Para-Taekwondo.




Source: GB Para-Taekwondo

Photo Credits: GB Para-Taekwondo 

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