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ETU Vice President and RTU President Anatoly Terekhov, made his statements during the Championships regarding the city of Grozny for hosting the ETU European Taekwondo Under21 Championships, the latest news regarding the IOC and Russian Olympic Team issues concerning the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 and concluding he articulated his thoughts about the evolvement of the Taekwondo sport in the European region in communication and event organizing level.
 “There are several athletes from the Republic of Chechnya that are members of the Russian Olympic Team. In addition, Grozny city has a remarkable sport background with people who are so supportive and devotees of any kind of sport with the city to provide the proper facilities for hosting a sport event”, said Mr. Terekov and added: “The President of the Republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov, is a big fan of sports and he is practising daily”.
Concerning the latest news of IOC-Russia issue for Rio 2016, and his actions among WTF President, Dr. Choue for the National team of Russia and its participation to the Olympic Games, Mr Terekov said: “Concerning our Olympic Team for Rio, we already send an official letter to the headquarters of WTF but we did not get any respond probably because of the time zone difference. Although, we feel positive and confident about the way this story will end up, since none of our athletes have ever been positive in an anti-doping control. Consequently, we strongly believe that there is no reason to worry about our participation in the Olympic Games in Rio 2016. “
As about the evolvement of Taekwondo sport in EU he mentioned that: “The most important topic that we have already discussed about it with ETU is the budget needed for the Championships in general· an issue that has been faced by all sports in general”, and continuing he added: “We need to find solutions in order to decrease the expenses since Taekwondo sport is not so popular yet that will attract Media. From our side, we have already proceeded to inviting Media and we are doing our best in order to increase the popularity of Taekwondo.”
Hoping to celebrate the first gold medal in Olympic Games for taekwondo for Russia, we gave our next appointment in Rio.
ETU Media Team

 

 

The sport hall “Olympiysk” in Grozny, Russia hosted today (Tuesday, 26/07/2016) for the last day in row the ETU European Taekwondo Championships. European athletes from the weight categories -87kg & +87kg Males and -73kg & +73 Females, participated earlier today in order to reach the medal podium, following an event schedule that was comprised of Preliminaries/ Semi-Finals/ Finals and Awarding Ceremonies.

The participated countries that succeeded in stepping up to the podium on Competition Day 4 are Russia, Turkey, Greece, Poland and Ukraine.

The leading country in the general medal standings up to Russia, since it is a holder of 25 medals ( 10 gold medals, 7 silver medals, 8 bronze medals). The second place goes to   Turkey (3 gold medals, 2 silver medals, 6 bronze medals) and the third place goes to  Greece (1 gold medal, 2 silver medals, 6 bronze medals).

The 1st Female Trophy goes to Russia , with Greece & Turkey to follow. Russia is on the top of the list of the Male Trophy Result, Turkey got 2nd place and Poland got 3rd place.

 

Male-A -87 kg

FINAL: Celik Omer Firat (TUR)- Terekhov Ruslan(RUS) 9-7

1st place: Celik Omer Firat (TUR)

2nd place: Terekhov Ruslan (RUS)

3rd place: Bondar Vladislav (UKR)
3rd place: Tivanov Roman (RUS)

 

Male-A +87 kg

FINAL: Bayram Talha (TUR) – Metalnikov Aleksandr (RUS) 7-5

1st place: Bayram Talha (TUR)

2nd place: Metalnikov Aleksandr (RUS)
3rd place: Tsachtsirlis Dimitros (GRE)
3rd place: Aiukaev Rafail (RUS)

 

Famale-A -73 kg

FINAL: Celik Bilgehan (TUR) – Baklanova Anastasiia (RUS) 3-6

1st place: Baklanova Anastasiia (RUS)

2nd place:  Celik Bilgehan (TUR)
3rd place: Ikaeva Alina (RUS)
3rd place: Moysidou Maria (GRE)


Famale-A +73 kg

FINAL: Kowalczuk Aleksandra (POL) – Muzychka Olga (RUS) 0-1

1st place: Muzychka Olga (RUS)

2nd place:  Kowalczuk Aleksandra (POL)
3rd place: Ntintou Eleni (GRE)
3rd place: Asma Ayse (TUR)


Statements:

Muzychka Olga (RUS): “I am really excited for my succeed and winning the gold medal, I am really happy for this since is my first gold medal in European Championships and it is so important for me. I want to thank all my team and coaches for the support.”

 

Metalnikov Aleksandr (RUS): “It was a very dramatic match. I am very disappointed, but I can say that my performance is been improved. I keep looking the future and what I can do in order to have better performances through strong preparations.”

 

Trophy results

All days – Famale

 

1.    Russia National Team

2.   Greece National Team

3.   Turkey National Team

 

Trophy results

All days – Male

 

1.    Russia National Team

2.   Turkey National Team

3.   Poland National Team

 

Trophy results

All days – Overall

 

1.    Russia National Team

2.   Turkey National Team

3.   Greece National Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regarding the G-ranking events in Europe 2017, please pay attention to the pdf files.
Kindly note that the deadline is 31/8/2016.  
If you need any further clarification you may contact European Taekwondo Union Office at +30 2112144717 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

G1 Tournaments 2017           G1 WTF Recognition Application Form 2017

 
 
 
 
As the International Olympic Committee decided not to impose a blanket ban on Russian Olympic Delegation and leave the decision upon the international sport federations, Russians will finally have the chance to watch their nation represented in most of the Olympic sports during Rio 2016. As it is already announced that the Russian Olympic Teams of basketball, football, hockey and rugby have not qualified, meaning that we will see no Russian representatives for these sports in these Olympic Games.
 
 
What is more, the respective federations in aquatics, archery, athletics, badminton, canoeing, equestrian, fencing, judo, modern pentathlon, rowing, sailing, shooting, tennis, triathlon, volleyball and weightlifting have also made and announced their decisions upon the Olympic Russian qualifiers.
 
Coming to the sport of Taekwondo, The European Taekwondo Federation is on hold of the final decision upon its Russian athletes. The country of Russia has qualified in the Olympic Taekwondo for Rio 2016 and will be represented by the following athletes: Anastasia Baryshnikova (-67kg), Alexey Denisenko (-68kg) and Albert Gaun (-80kg).
Although the official announcement of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) regarding the Russian taekwondo athletes participating in Rio 2016 is pending, the Russian federation has already communicated to the national media, that it is almost certain, that its athletes will be eligible to fight.
 
Being almost one week before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, the Russian ban has been the main subject of discussion and announcement by many officials of the international sporting world. One of these was by the Hellenic Olympic Committee President, Mr. Spyros Capralos, who characteristically said: «It is unfair to ban all Russian athletes. » The President strongly supports that the “clean” Russian athletes have every right to compete in Olympic Games. As a second Pierre de Coubertin quoting that “Olympic Games is not winning, but taking part”, Mr. Capralos said, that it is unfair for athletes never related to doping issues, not to be permitted their participation in the topmost sporting event. 
 
Specifically, his exact statement as given to the Greek National News Agency was the following: «I believe it is unfair to ban all Russian athletes, since this implies a politically oriented decision. We are in favor of fairplay in all sports and that all athletes participating in the Olympic Games, have qualified through the necessary anti-doping controls. The Russian athletes competing in Rio 2016 cleaned from doping substances, are making their efforts as well. It is like IOC is proceeding with a Judgement of Solomon, in order to secure the sporting integrity of the Olympic Games».

 

Τhe European Taekwondo Union, as the governing continental union for all the 19 European Taekwondo federations that will be present in the Olympic Games Rio 2016, will support every inaugural decision taken by the World Taekwondo Federation and will continue to align all its activities decisions and actions, to actively encourage and stimulate the sport ethics and fairplay in Taekwondo.
 

 

Kindly be informed that the next ETU Coach Seminar - for new coaches only- will be held in Bucharest -Romania on 6/9/2016.

 

Register online for Etu Coach Seminar Here

 

 

 
The Olympic Games Rio 2016 is about to celebrate the opening ceremony, while the sport of Taekwondo will wait patiently up to August 17 to start.
 
Forty two (42) from the one hundred twenty eight (128) athletes in total are originated European and they engage the 32.8% of the participants. This isn’t the first time that so many athletes participating in Olympic Games are members of the European Taekwondo Union. In London 2012, the European Continent collected the 50% of the total number of medals of the event and 5 from the 8 gold ones (Jade Jones GBR, Servet Tazegul TUR, Carlo Molfeta ITA, Joel Gonzalez  ESP, Milica Mandic SRB). There were 12 years absence  of gold medals by European athletes since Sydney 2000 (first time Taekwondo in the official Olympic program) were Michalis Mouroutsos from Greece holds the Gold title in the first male weight category -58kg  making himself a unique record man. 
 
There are 19 European countries competing in Rio 2016 with Moldova and Belarus having their first appearance. There are three (3) Countries from Europe participating in full team: Great Britain, France and Azerbaijan.
 
 
From the list below, 8 athletes of each weight category were qualified by the WTF Olympic ranking system, 2 through Continental qualification (except from Oceania which qualifies one athlete per category) and 4 with Wild Cards. This year Tripartite Commission has offered athletes from the Central African Republic, Haiti, Honduras and Nepal invitation places for the taekwondo competition at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
 
ETU President, Sakis Pragalos, stated: “During every Olympic cycle, we strive to supply our athletes with high-level championships from cadets to seniors and help them gain experience within the field of play. The European Taekwondo has ascended to the top of the world claiming the most of the Olympic medals in London 2012. This is a reflection of all our efforts, an outcome of our collaborations and the triumph upon all those years of work. I appreciate on behalf of Europe our 42 athletes from all the 19 countries participating in Rio 2016 and the dedication they have shown towards the Olympic dream. My dream for Taekwondo, to which I have dedicated all my life, establishes it among the elite of the Olympic sport. It is the dynamic soul-force of the sport that motivates my purposes for Taekwondo and it is the same dynamic that will outgrowth the sport to the international standing it deserves.”
 
Media Contact ETU
 Effie Zikouli 
Chairwoman, ETU TV & Media Committee 
(+30) 690 96 54 690 e-mail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
The full list of 128 qualified athletes by category
 
W-49kg WTF Olympic Ranking
 
1 WU, JINGYU CHN 1
2 WONGPATTANAKIT, PANIPAK THA 2
3 ZANINOVIC, LUCIJA CRO 3
4 SING, IRIS BRA 6
5 MANJARREZ, ITZEL MEX 4
6 AZIEZ, YASMINA FRA 5
7 KIM, SOHUI KOR 10
8 BOGDANOVIC, TIJANA SRB 13
9 ABAKAROVA, PATIMAT AZE 21
10 DIEZ CANSECO, JULISSA PER 28
11 PIMENTEL RODRIGUEZ, MONICA ARU 48
12 KELEKU LUKUSA, ROSA COD 52
13 KILDAY, ANDREA NZL 74
14 YESBERGENOVA, AINUR KAZ 125
15 ANDRADE, MARIA CPV 129
16 HUANG, HUAI-HSUAN TPE 243
W-57kg WTF Olympic Ranking
 
1 JONES, JADE GBR 1
2 CALVO GOMEZ, EVA ESP 2
3 WAHBA, HEDAYA EGY 3
4 VASCONCELOS DOS SANTOS, JULIA BRA 24
5 GLASNOVIC, NIKITA SWE 4
6 HAMADA, MAYU JPN 5
7 ZANINOVIC, ANA CRO 6
8 CARSTENS, CAROLENA PAN 15
9 ASEMANI, RAHELEH BEL 20
10 ALIZADEH ZENOORIN, KIMIA IRI 21
11 BEN ALI, RAHMA TUN 22
12 MARTON, CAROLINE AUS 23
13 MIKKONEN, SUVI FIN 33
14 PATINO MARIN, DORIS ESMID COL 40
15 HARNSUJIN, PHANNAPA THA 64
16 BAKKAL, NAIMA MAR 73
W-67kg WTF Olympic Ranking
 
1 NIARE, HABY FRA 1
2 JOHANSSON, ELIN SWE 2
3 CHUANG, CHIA-CHIA TPE 3
4 TATAR, NUR TUR 4
5 BARYSHNIKOVA, ANASTASIIA RUS 5
6 OH, HYERI KOR 6
7 MC PHERSON, PAIGE USA 10
8 ELSAWALHY, SEHAM EGY 11
9 GBAGBI, RUTH MARIE CHRISTELLE CIV 13
10 AZIZOVA, FARIDA AZE 14
11 PAGNOTTA, MELISSA CAN 15
12 GULEC, RABIA GER 16
13 MARTON, CARMEN AUS 21
14 DENIZ, CANSEL KAZ 51
15 TURSUNKULOVA, NIGORA UZB 93
16 LOUISSAINT, ANIYA NECOL HAI 120
W+67kg WTF Olympic Ranking
 
1 ESPINOZA, MARIA DEL ROSARIO MEX 1
2 ZHENG, SHUYIN CHN 2
3 WALKDEN, BIANCA GBR 3
4 GALLOWAY, JACKIE USA 4
5 OOGINK, RESHIMIE NED 5
6 MANDIC, MILICA SRB 7
7 EPANGUE, GWLADYS FRA 8
8 RODRIGUEZ PEGUERO, KATHERINE JULISSA DOM 20
9 DISLAM, WIAM MAR 21
10 KONE, MAMINA CIV 26
11 SKAAR, TINA NOR 31
12 SORN, SEAVMEY CAM 33
13 WEEKES, CRYSTAL BIRTHANY PUR 46
14 KASSMAN, SAMANTHA PNG 99
15 RAWAL, NISHA NEP 289
16 ALORA, KIRSTIE ELAINE PHI Unranked
M-58kg WTF Olympic Ranking
 
1 ASHOURZADEH FALLAH, FARZAN IRI 1
2 KIM, TAEHUN KOR 2
3 BRAGANCA, RUI POR 4
4 TEIXEIRA, VENILTON BRA 26
5 NAVARRO VALDEZ, CARLOS RUBEN MEX 5
6 TUNCAT, LEVENT GER 6
7 KETBI, SI MOHAMED BEL 8
8 ZHAO, SHUAI CHN 11
9 TORTOSA CABRERA, JESUS ESP 13
10 SAFWAN, KHALIL AUS 14
11 PIE, LUISITO DOM 20
12 SHRIHA, YOUSEF LBA 45
13 ATIAS, RON ISR 48
14 MUNOZ OVIEDO, OSCAR LUIS COL 56
15 HANPRAB, TAWIN THA 64
16 HAJJAMI, OMAR MAR 80
M-68kg WTF Olympic Ranking
 
1 ACHAB, JAOUAD BEL 1
2 LEE, DAE-HOON KOR 2
3 GUTIERREZ, SAUL MEX 3
4 DENISENKO, ALEXEY RUS 4
5 TAZEGUL, SERVET TUR 5
6 GONZALEZ BONILLA, JOEL ESP 6
7 AHMED, GHOFRAN EGY 16
8 ROBAK, KAROL POL 17
9 DIEYE, BALLA SEN 22
10 ABUGHAUSH, AHMAD JOR 40
11 GRGIC, FILIP CRO 43
12 MORALES, IGNACIO CHI 61
13 CONTRERAS, EDGAR VEN 92
14 PUREVJAV, TEMUUJIN MGL 112
15 BOUI, DAVID SYLVERE PATRICK CAF 115
16 KASSMAN, MAXEMILLION PNG Unranked
M-80kg WTF Olympic Ranking
 
1 KHODABAKHSHI, MAHDI IRI 1
2 COOK, AARON MDA 2
3 CISSE, CHEICK SALLAH JUNIOR CIV 3
4 GAUN, ALBERT RUS 4
5 MUHAMMAD, LUTALO GBR 5
6 GUELEC, TAHIR GER 9
7 RAFALOVICH, NIKITA UZB 10
8 COULIBALY, ISMAEL MLI 14
9 BEIGI HARCHGANI, MILAD AZE 15
10 OUESLATI, OUSSAMA TUN 17
11 HERNANDEZ ENCARNACION, MOISES DANIEL DOM 19
12 SHKARA, HAYDER AUS 20
13 LOPEZ, STEVEN USA 21
14 PAZINSKI, PIOTR POL 23
15 LIU, WEI-TING TPE 32
16 FERRERA, MIGUEL HON 50
M+80kg WTF Olympic Ranking
 
1 SHOKIN, DMITRIY UZB 1
2 MARDANI, SAJJAD IRI 3
3 ISAEV, RADIK AZE 4
4 SIQUEIRA, MAICON BRA 51
5 N DIAYE, M BAR FRA 5
6 CHA, DONGMIN KOR 7
7 OBAME, ANTHONY MYLANN GAB 8
8 TRABELSI, YACINE TUN 9
9 CASTILLO, RAFAEL CUB 11
10 CHO, MAHAMA GBR 12
11 SILLA, ARMAN-MARSHALL BLR 13
12 ISSOUFOU ALFAGA, ABDOULRAZAK NIG 14
13 LAMBDIN, STEPHEN USA 19
14 ZHAPAROV, RUSLAN KAZ 49
15 TAUFATOFUA, PITA NIKOLAS TGA 157
16 QIAO, SEN CHN Unranked
 

 

 

We would like to inform you that the 1st European Mixed Team Championships 2016 in Bucharest | Romania are postponed until further notification.

 

 

 

 

With time gap for the quarterfinals to start, the European athletes gave their best with Braganca Rui (POR), Zaninovic Lucija (CRO) and Bogdanovic Tijana (SRB) qualified. The eighteen years old Serbian representative against Abakarova Patimat (AZE) went ahead from the first round scoring three points and managed to preserve the score until the end of the match, despite the fact that Abakarova reduced the point difference to 2-3. The experienced in Olympic Games and holder of the Bronze medal in London 2012, Zaninovic Lucija (CRO), dominated the eighteen years old Yesbergenova Ainur (KAZ) with final score 18-7. As for the twenty years old Braganca Rui from Portugal, he made an amazing appearance against the twenty-three years old Munoz Oviedo Oscar Luis (COL) and Bronze medalist in London 2012. The final score was 14-2. 

As for the rest of the European athletes competing earlier today, Tuncat Levent (GER) had to withdraw since he was injured, Ketbi Si Mohamed (BEL) lost easily 1-8 points by Safwan Khalil (AUS), Tortosa Cabrera Jesus (ESP) struggled against Zhao Shuai and finally lost with 3-7 score. To conclude, Atias Ron (ISR) faced Teixeira Venilton (BRA) to an unequal game since their height difference. As a result, was very difficult for Atias Ron to approach his opponent and to gain points. 
As for Abakarova Patimat (AZE), certainly she wishes the best for Bogdanovic Tijana (SRB) in order to get the right for repechage. 
 
 
 
 
The Serbian Bogdanovic Tijana is touching her dream.
Qualified to the Final, the way is only one• the medal. At the same time her road gives the opportunity to Abakarova Patimat from Azerbaijan, to fight for a bronze medal. From the Pool B -49kg the French Aziez Yasmina lost in the semifinals closing the way to repechage for Zaninovic Lucija (CRO).
In -58kg Men category, ETU stands out of medals. Even if, Tortosa Carbra Jesus (ESP) is in repechage, he has to face the Moroccan Hajjami Tawin and then if he wins he has to overcome the Dominican Pie Luisito.
 
The Finals:
 
-49kg Women
Bogdanovic Tijana (SRB) – Kim Sohui (KOR)
 
-58kg Men
Zhao Shuai (CHN) – Hanprab Tawin (THA)
 
 
 
 
The first Day of Taekwondo at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 was successfully completed today on 17th August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the Carioca Arena 3. Throughout the medal standings, two (2) out of the four (4) women medallists are proving that European women lead the way in Taekwondo. After a series of spectacular matches in the categories Women -49kg and Men -58kg, the Olympic medallists are the following: 
 
Women -49kg
1st : Kim Sohui(KOR)
2nd: Bogdanovic Tijana (SRB)
3rd : Abakarova Patimat (AZE)
3rd : Wongpattanakit Panipak (THA)
 
Men -58kg
1st : Zhao Shuai (CHN)
2nd : Hanprab Tawin (THA)
3rd : Pie Luisito (DOM)
3rd : Kim Taehun (KOR)
 
Bogdanovic Tijana (SRB) – Timeless Golden point
The 18-year-old “athlete of the year 2015” and full promising Serbian athlete showed that she surely stands high in quality. Passionate and determined, she manage to make a series of three victories, the first against Abakarova Patimat (AZE) scoring 3-2, the other confronting Wu Jingyu (CHN) with a high score win of 17-7 and finally she competed against Itzel Adilene Manjarrez Bastidas (MEX), qualifying to the final after scoring 10-0. During a thrilling final match with the Korean Kim Sohui and while the score was 7-6 in favor of the Korean, for clusters of a second, she did not manage to lead the match to the golden point. It might have been the young of her age that finally brought the silver medal, yet Tijana has for sure a long way to go, many more titles to claim and medals to win.
 
Patimat Abakarova (AZE) – The first medal for Azerbaijan!
The Azerbaijani athlete, despite the fact that she was stopped by the Serbian Bogdanovic Tijana from claiming the top of the podium, had the chance to chase the bronze medal through the repechage, where she competed with the Chinese Jingyu Wu and won scoring 3-4. In the final stage of the repechage she showed her supremacy over the French Aziez and took the bronze medal after her victory of 2-7.
 
Yasmina Aziez (FRA) – Anxiety never proved a good ally
With a score of 1-2 against Monica Pimentel Rodriguez (ARU), Aziez passed to the quarterfinal where she confronted her lifetime taekwondo opponent Zaninovic Jucija (CRO). The two women had met several times on the terrain during the European Championships in 2010, 2012 and 2014, with the later always being the one who qualified to the next round. Having not met for two years since Baku 2014, Aziez Yasmina managed to win for the first time, qualified to the semifinals, trying to claim a place in the final against the Korean Kim Sohui, yet she did not manage to take the golden point from her opponent. In the final stage of the repechage she found the Azebaijani Abakarova, who left her outside the Olympic podium.
 
Lucija Zaninovic (CRO) – Golden point(less)
The bronze medalist in London 2012 and gold in Baku 2014 was favored to proceed to the final. After an easy match against Yesbergenova Ainur (KAZ) scoring 18-7, she competed against the French Aziez Yasmina, who she has won several times in the past in 2010,2012 and 2014 European Championship. Unfortunately, her winning opponent did not qualify to the finals, so Lucija did not had the chance to go to the repechage and fight for a place on the podium.
 
Jesus Tortosa Cabrera (ESP) – So close!
The youngest of the Spanish taekwondo trinity qualified in Rio 2016, stood unlucky from his first fight against the Chinese Zhao Shuai. He took the victory against the Morrocan Hajjami Omar in the repechage round and fought afterwards with the Dominican Pie Luisito, where finally, the second one managed to get the bronze medal after a dramatic tie match leading to the golden point.
 
Rui Braganca (POR) – Sometimes a bit of luck might do 
One of the most qualified and promising athletes, stood unlucky in the end. Following his spectacular win against Munoz Oviedo (COL) with 14-3, he could not make it to the semifinals, after his loss from the Dominican Pie Luisito. What is more, Braganca did not had the chance to get to the repechage either, since the previous did not manage to get to the final competition.
 
Si Mohamed Ketbi (BEL) – Weigh off the medals
After being absent for a lot of months from major taekwondo tournaments and a recent weigh gain, Ketbi managed to return to the kilos of his category very fast, yet this might have had weakened him. During his fight with the Australian Safwan Khalil, the later showed his superiority and took the match scoring 1-8.
 
Ron Atias (ISR) – He has a long way ahead 
The Israeli athlete qualified in Rio 2016 through the European Qualification Tournament in January 2016. As the first Israeli man in Taekwondo having qualified in the Olympics, his expectations did not match his first competition against the local Venilton Teixeira, where he lost by 12 points gap in the 2nd round. Atias did not manage to qualify to the repechage as well, since the Brazilian lost in the quarterfinals and claimed the place.
 
Levent Tuncat (GER) – Health first 
Due to injury reasons, the team doctor did not permit the German athlete to compete, so his opponent Pie Luisito (DOM) passed bye to the quarterfinals.
 

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