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With Turkish Taekwondo Federation

The president of the Turkish Taekwondo Federation, dr. Metin Sahin visited the ETU headquarters in Athens, together with Mr. Ali Sagirkaya. Mr. Michael Fyzentzidis and dr. Sahin signed the contract for Turkey to host the 3rd ETU Club Championships in 2015. They they evaluated the 2nd ETU Club championships and G1 event Turkish open which was held in Antalya/Belek. Secretary-General Michael Fyzentzidis was very pleased with the concept of hosting multiple events in one venue. By providing hotel accommodation, sport (training) venue and food provisions in one venue was considered by Mr. Fyzentzidis as a very successful concept. The Turkish delegation also met with the president of ETU, Mr. Sakis Pragalos and discussed the development of taekwondo in Turkey and Europe as a whole.

On the picture:

Mr. Ali Sagirkaya, dr. Metin Sahin, Mr. Sakis Pragalos and Mr. Michael Fyzentzidis.

26 November 2014

BELEK - ANTALYA – The ETU Council convened for its periodical meeting in Belek, Turkey. On the agenda were some important issues to discuss and decide upon. One of the items was the case of Belgium and its membership. Also the WTF Licence system was discussed among the council members as well as amendments of the ETU Statutes.

The Council made an important decision on the UNBTU (Belgium) and decided that the ETU member will be suspended by ETU as soon as the ETU General Assembly ratifies this decision of the Council. The NOC of Belgium reported that the UNBTU currently does not represent the majority of the taekwondo practitioners in Belgium. Therefore, the Council decided to suspend the UNBTU.

Together with WTF, ETU held conversations to introduce the WTF licence within the MNAs. ETU will introduce the licence as mandatory for all athletes competing at national events in MNAs. ETU will now continue its dialogue with WTF in order to finalize the process.

The appeal of the Swedish Federation with regard to their suspension will be further investigated by the appointed Investigations Committee. The committee is to report back to the Appeal Committee who is likely to take a final decision on the matter in February of next year. Until this time, the Swedish athletes can compete at events, but under the flag of ETU. In the appeal period, the any decision taken by the General Assembly of the federation will not be accepted, unless the federation has been in full compliance with WTF and ETU statutes and regulations.

The Council approved the amendments of the ETU statutes and the introduction of the bylaw Disciplinary Resolution and Disciplinary Action. A progress report on the inaugural European Games was presented to the Council. The OC in Baku is working hard to be ready in June 2015 and with less than 200 days to go, time is very precious.

Serbia applied to host the next European Poomsae championships in Belgrade, in 2015. The Council welcomed the application and approved for Serbia to host the event. It will take place on 26-28 June 2015.


At the last of the EOC General Assembly, dr. Sun-Jae Park and Vice-president of the Azerbaijan Taekwondo Federation met with the competition management team for the Baku 2015 European Games. They were briefed by the competition manager Kenneth Schunken and specialist Leyla Rzayeva about the preparations for the Games with only 202 days to go before the Opening Ceremony on 12 June 2015.

In total 40 referees have been selected and 10 national technical officials from Azerbaijan will be involved in the event, as well as app. 85 volunteers. If you want to volunteer during the Games, please register an apply via the volunteer portal at www.baku2015.com by using the code TK2015 to mark your preference for Taekwondo.

On the photo from left to right:

Kenneth Schunken
Leyla Rzayeva
Dr. Park Sun Jae
Naghi Safarov and
Mark Mateer.


Dr. Sun-Jae Park, ETU Honorary president and WTF Vice-president accompanied by ETU deputy Secretary-General, Kenneth Schunken, visited the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees. The General Assembly kicked of on 21 November and will last for 2 days. The President and First Lady of the Republic of Azerbaijan were at the opening ceremony at the Fairmont Hotel, located in the iconic Flame Towers.  The delegates will be informed about the evaluation of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games and the 2916 Rio Olympic Games. Dr. Park will also be briefed by Baku 2015 on the progress of the European Games. Several venue tours are organized for all delegates to take note from the (new) venues which are being prepared in Baku.


Knight of the Republic


Angelo Cito, Secretary-General of the Italian Taekwondo Federation, FITA, was honored today from the President of the Italian Republic, Mr. Napolitano. He was nominated: "Cavaliere dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana" or "Knight". The President, on a proposal from the Prime Minister, Mr. Renzi, and after consulting with the Council, confirmed that the Honour and the title of Knight were awarded to Angelo Cito, Secretary-General of FITA.

ETU family congratulates him for his nomination and wishes him the best!


The 'Rheinische Post' a German based newspaper wrote an article about the ETU Coach seminar in Dusseldorf which was visited by more than 150 coaches form 15 countries. In addition, ETU President Pragalos and Treasurer Buitenhuis visited a venue which could well be used for the European Qualification Tournament for the 2016 Rio Olympics. The city of Dusseldorf might turn out to be a serious candidate, outranking other possible host countries. Some of them might offer a higher hosting fee, however, Dusseldorf has to offer a wide range of pro’s, like the International Airport Dusseldorf, an amazing city of Dusseldorf and some of the best hotels of the world.


With Woosuk University


ETU President Sakis Pragalos signed a bilateral agreement with Woosuk University in Jeon Ju City, Republic of Korea. During his visit in Korea, President Pragalos had meetings with the president of the university, Mr. Kim Wing Kwon. Both organizations agreed to mutual assistance and cooperation for the research and improved education environment tailored to develop the scientific understanding and new contents of Taekwondo.


President Mr. Giovanni Malago visits ETU Seminar

Mr. Giovanni Malago visited the ETU coach seminar in Rome, Italy.
The 3 day coach license seminar kicked off yesterday. Also Olympic gold medalist Carlo Molfetta and the Italian national coach attended the seminar in Rome.

For the second time in only 2 months, the ETU Coach Seminar kicked off! A total number exceeding 300 coaches participated at the seminar. The Opening Ceremony was conducted in the Hall of Honor of the National Olympic Committee (CONI) of Italy in Rome. Secretary-General of the Italian Taekwondo Federation (FITA) and also Chairman of the Technical Committee and Council member of ETU, Mr. Angelo Cito again did an outstanding job in hosting the seminar. ETU’s Chairmen of the Referees and Games Committee, Mr. Chakir Chelbat and Mr. Philippe Bouedo are teaching this 3-day course which will allow the attendees to coach at all WTF and ETU sanctioned events for 2 years. The obtained license will give them


ETU wishes to thank the president of FITA and WTF Vice President, Dr. Sun-Jae Park and Mr. Angelo Cito for all their work. The organization and hosting of the ETU Coach seminar is an example of how ETU wants to organize these events in the different member states of ETU. Countries who are interested in hosting the ETU Coach seminar are requested to contact the ETU office at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In This Photo:

Grandmaster Young Ghil Park, chairman of the WTF Poomsae Committee
Mr. Chakir Chelbat
Philippe Bouedo.


Working on European Deaf Championships


In June 2015, the ICSD will organize the European Deaf Martial Arts Championships in Bulgaria. The Bulgarian Taekwondo Federation is working closely together with the ICSD and WTF to make sure the taekwondo event will be of the highest standards! ETU is very happy to see that the federation is working hard on this issue and ETU fully supports this initiative. All participants at this event need to have the WTF GAL in order to participate.

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