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Organizer of the ETU 40th Year Anniversary and the ETU European Cadet Championships, Mr Apostol visited the ETU Office in order to evaluate the aforementioned events. ETU looks back at events well organized by the Romanian Taekwondo Federation and discussed possibilities for future events. Mr Apostol was happy to meet with ETU President Pragalos and looks back at a fruitful meeting.


As of today, ETU published the outline for the 13th European Poomsae Championships. The event will take place in Rhodes Island, directly after the 1st World Beach Championships and gives therefore the opportunity to European athletes to participate at both events! Next week, an advance visit of ETU officials is scheduled to visit the venue in order to make the necessary preparations for the event with the Local Organizing Committee.

Download the outline HERE



Without doubt, the upcoming months belong to Poomsae. With a sum of in total four consecutive (4) Poomsae events in Greece, it seems to form an excellent opportunity for Poomsae coaches and atheles to participate in all of them in just one trip!

Starting in the end of April and specifically on 26th April, all the Poomsae coaches can register for the 'Poomsae Coach Seminar' that will be held in President Hotel in Athens, Greece. The Poomsae competitions start in the WTF President's Cup that will also be held in Athens from 27-30 April in the venue of the Olympic Hall in Ano Liosia.


The zenith of the taekwondo event days comes with the spectacular taekwondo event, the 1st WTF World Taekwondo Beach Championships; the first outdoor taekwondo event, which seems to broaden the taekwondo competition spectrum and which promises to be established in everyone's minds as the international Taekwondo event of the year.

Yet the competition series continue with the 13th edition of the ETU European Poomsae Championships, which will also be hosted iin Rhodes island Greece. The European event will be held in the 'Palais de Sport' venue in 'Faliraki' area, located at the southern part of Rhodes.

To  everyone interested in travelling to Rhodes for either the 1st WTF World Taekwondo Beach Championships 2017 or the ETU European Taekwondo Poomsae Championships, kindly contact the official travel agency partner of the events, which can assist you regarding your accommodation preferences or transportation bookings.




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An event for athletes who are a bit older. For them who do not want to compete at the Open International level, but who still have the ambition to fight amongst athletes of the same age in master divisions. ETU will host an event for men and women, in the age categories 35 years and older and 45 years and older. Using the Olympic weight categories. We hope that we can attrack those athletes to fight in these age divisions at the European level.

Luxemburg will host this first time event in the Coque National Sports Center. A venue with all necessary  facilities and ready to host European Championships.

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The General Assembly of the Malta Taekwondo Federation elected Mrs Kimberly Meli as its president. Mrs Meli will serve the next term as executive and ETU wishes her the best of luck in the coming years!


The five host cities of the major WTF events were announced during the Extraordinary WTF Council meeting that was held at the InterContinental Hotel Bangkok in Thailand on March 7, 2017.


In detail the 2018 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships and the World Taekwondo Grand-Prix Series 2 will be held in Taipei, Chinese Taipei on November 15-18 and on September 20-22 respectively. The Egyptian resort city of Sharm El Sheikh will host the 2017 World Taekwondo Cadet Championships on August 23-27, while in Moscow, Russia the 2017 World Taekwondo Grand-Prix Series 1 will be held during August 4-6. Finally, the 2017 World Taekwondo Grand-Prix Series 2 was delegated to the Moroccan city of Marrakech on September 22-24.


During the summit, the Taekwondo Family welcomed French Guiana, the 208th Member National Association of World Taekwondo and WTF also announced that the new logo will be revealed at the WTF World Taekwondo Championships 2017 in Muju, Korea.


Among various issues discussed were the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF), the Taekwondo Cares program and a 4-year strategic plan with Tokyo 2020 as its peak. Ten Progress reports, including the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF) & the World Taekwondo Cares Program, the 2020 Olympic event modification, and the WTF’s 4-year Strategic Plan 2021, were presented to Council members.


Dr. Nat Indrapana, the International Olympic Committee member of Thailand and Mr. Pimol Srivikorn, President of the Taekwondo Association of Thailand, were offered an appreciation award in recognition of their dedication and support for taekwondo.


ETU President Sakis Pragalos and ETU Secretary General Michail Fysentzidis met the Dr. Indrapana and discuss the positioning of taekwondo in an international level and its development perspectives and prospectives.


ETU Secretary General Michael Fysentzidis received Dr. Choue’s congratulations on being elected President of the International Olympic Academy. Also, with his inaugural identity of the IOA President, he had the chance to augment the educational mindset of Taekwondo through synergies of integration.


ETU President Sakis Pragalos welcomed the new MNA of the World Taekwondo and noted that it is very important to set contingent steps of development. “Sometimes timelines are tight. Though, it is important to look ahead, know our tasks and exceed expectations, as Russia will do, after been selected to host in its capital one of the major WTF events of the year”, he stated and added that ETU will support all initiatives and efforts towards the evolution of the sport and taekwondo events.


Following the WTF Extraordinary Council Meeting, the European MNA’s will conduct their summit in the ETU Council Meeting, which will be realized in Sofia, Bulgaria just before the ETU European Taekwondo Under21 Championships on 5 April 2017.








Kindly be informed that online registration for the 2017 European Under 21 Championships- WTF - G-1,
in Sofia - Bulgaria went live at the following link: https://worldtkd.simplycompete.com/events

Please note that the registration deadline remains untill 15 March 2017 !




This April, all taekwondo family will be in Bulgaria on the occasion of the ETU European Under 21 Taekwondo Championships 2017. For the flawless conduction of the event, on Wednesday 22 February, the ETU President Sakis Pragalos visited the host city of Sofia and in a series of meetings, acknowledged the work that has been done up to now and the efforts of carrying out a European Taekwondo Championship of the highest standards.

The President of the Bulgarian Taekwondo Federation Slavi Binev welcomed Mr. Pragalos and adjoined the visit tour around the facilities and the sport venue ‘Sports Hall Sofia’, to inform him in person regarding the details of the preparations. They also visited the Official Accommodation Hotel of the Championships, which is located next to the hosting venue area. Mr. Pragalos also had the chance to speak to national sport media and present the European Taekwondo and the ETU Championships at first hand, as the local community is highly interested upon the forthcoming event. 

In extension of the visit, the President of the National Olympic Committee of Bulgaria Stefka Konstadinova, saved a warm reception to ETU President.  Mrs. Kostadinova , who is also the 1996 Olympic champion in high-jump, a two-time World champion, a five-time World Indoor champion and holds the world record of 2.09 metres since 1987, spoke extensively with Mr. Pragalos and discussed on various topics regarding the Olympic Taekwondo.

The zenith of the ETU President stay in Sofia was marked by his significant meeting with the Sport Minister of Bulgaria Daniela Dasheva, who welcomed Mr. Pragalos at her offices. The two sides procured a prosperous discussion with sports as their prime focal point.

Pleased and totally optimistic, Mr. Pragalos stated: “Today, I realized the dynamic of the Bulgarian Taekwondo Federation in organizing and carrying out successfully the ETU European Taekwondo Under 21 Championships. It is very important for all MNAs to preserve a healthy relationship with the national sport authorities of their country, in order to contribute in the support and promotion of Taekwondo, both economically and in terms of infrastructure. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all the people who work, assist, volunteer and contribute in every way towards the realization of an ETU event, as it has a continental impact in benefit of their country as well.”








The upcoming G-Ranking ETU European Olympic Categories Championships will be realized in Minsk, Belarus between 7-9 September 2017 at the ‘Minsk Sports Palace’ venue, very well-known for all the prime sporting events that it has hosted in the past.

On Friday 17 February 2017, the President of the Belarusian Taekwondo Federation Siarhei Huruliou conducted a meeting with the Vice-President of the European Taekwondo Union Fred Buitehuis upon the contract agreement for the realization of the event.

The ETU Delegation represented by the ETU Vice President Fred Buitehuis, ETU Legal Councilor Kenneth Schunken, ETU TV Committee Chairwoman Effie Zikouli, in a series of meetings conducted until the final agreement on the Championships hosting, initially met with Siarhei Pranovich, General Manager of Minsk Sports Palace, afterwards with Aleksandr Shamko, Minister of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus and finally with Anatoly Kotau, Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus. Continuing the delegation schedule, at the meeting with Siarhei Huruliou, President of the Belarusian Taekwondo Federation, ETU proceeded to the signing of the host agreement of the ETU European Taekwondo Olympic Weight Categories Championships.

The Minister of Sports Alexander Shamko assured that the tournament will be organized at the highest level and all necessary operations and procedures will be followed. “The hosting of the championship among the athletes with disabilities was discussed with the representatives of the Belarusian Paralympic Committee. Belarus agreed to host the tournament which will be held as part of the main competitions,” Alexander Shamko said.

On the occasion, the President of the Belarusian Taekwondo Federation Siarhei Huruliou stated: “Today’s meeting is of primal significance for the Belarusian Taekwondo Federation and as an extension, for the whole country itself. I hereby reassure, that the ETU European Taekwondo Olympic Weight Categories Championships that will be realized in Minsk will be of high quality and of the highest sporting standards.”

The Republic of Belarus which will host the outstanding number of eighty (80) international sporting events until  2019, it has been already officially announced as the host country of the European Games Minsk 2019.

During the meeting, one of the questions that bilaterally came up, was the time of the announcement of the sport of Taekwondo as one of the official competing sports in the European Games Minsk 2019.

On the occasion, ETU Vice-President Fred Buitenhuis stated : "The European Taekwondo Union made a excellent choice to entrust the European Championships the capital of Belarus. Without doubt, having free access to a visa, is very important for all the athletes and teams and for the visitors who want to support their favorite athletes. We should not forget that Taekwondo was the first sport officially announced as part of the European Games in Baku 2015. The European Taekwondo will not just participate in the European Games in Minsk during 2019; it will make sure to enter in standards of evolution, growth and hopefully will include the Poomsae competitions as well, always under the constitutional regulations given by WTF."

Along with the ETU Olympic Categories Championships, the 3rd European Para Taekwondo Open Championships for seniors will also take place in Minsk during the same days. For the occasion, during the meeting were also present the President of the European Para Taekwondo Federation Evgeni Klyuchnikov and EPTU Executive Director Vlada Latysheva

The President of the European Parataekwondo Union stated: “I would like to thank the ETU Presiden Sakis Pragalos for his contribution towards giving to the public the chance to get to know and familiarize further with the sport of Para Taekwondo.”

Read full text at: http://m.eng.belta.by/sport/view/belarus-to-host-european-para-taekwondo-championships-2017-98812-2017/

In Russian: http://www.mst.by/ru/actual-ru/view/v-minske-projdut-chempionaty-evropy-po-taekvondo-i-parataekvondofoto-11709-2017/











ETU deputy Secretary-General Mr Usman Dildar was appointed as Vice-President of British Taekwondo. Mr Dildar, who is well known within the Taekwondo Family for his work for WTF and ETU and known as well for his involvement in the successful 2012 Olympic Games in London, will be responsible for all international relations. ETU wishes Mr Dildar the best of luck with his new task.

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