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ETU President Pragalos and Chairwoman Zikouli of the ETU Media Committee are in Montreux to visit the Organizing Committee of the upcoming European Taekwondo Senior championships, to be held on 19-22 May this year. The ETU delegation visited the venue and hotels for a final check.



After the first A-class tournament Poomsae in Lille (France) athletes have collected the first points in the ranking. Please find below the actual rankings of the A-class Poomsae ranking. If there are any issues, please contact the ETU office by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Actual rankings of the A-class Poomsae ranking.



We kindly request all the MNAs to notify their Members (Clubs, Unions, Associations, Athletes, Coaches and Referees), that they are not allowed and will not be given permission to take part in any kind of Taekwondo sport activities and events- for example, Seminars for Coaches – Championships - Friendly Games etc. which are conducted by Sport Organizations (Unions, Associations for Athletes, Coaches, etc.), who are not recognized, authorized or approved by their National Federation (MNA), the E.T.U or the W.T.F.

No fully compliance to the abovementioned statement is followed by proportionate consequences.



Today ETU received the sad news of the passing away of Cristiana Corsi. The hearts and minds of the ETU leadership, the Council and the whole European Taekwondo Familiy are with the family and friends of Cristiana and with the Italian Taekwondo Federation.

Cristiana Corsi (April 23, 1976 in Rome - February 22, 2016) was an Italian taekwondo practitioner, who competed in the women's featherweight category. Considered one of Italy's top taekwondo players of her decade, Corsi obtained a total of nine medals in her sporting career, including a gold at the 2002 European Championships in Samsun, Turkey, and a silver in the 59-kg division at the 2003 Summer Universiade in Daegu, South Korea. Corsi was also selected to compete for the Italian taekwondo squad in two editions of the Olympic Games (2000 and 2004), where she obtained a fifth-place finish in the women's featherweight category (57 kg) on each edition. Throughout her sporting career, Corsi trained for Rome Taekwondo Centre (Italian: Centro TDK Roma) in her native Rome under Korean-born head coach and master Park Young-Gil.

Corsi made her official debut at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where she competed in the women's 57-kg class. She opened her match with a more satisfactory victory over Brazil's Carmen Silva 5–2, before falling behind 1–8 on points to South Korean fighter Jung Jae-eun.[4] Corsi granted herself a chance to compete for the Olympic bronze medal in the repechage, but she narrowly missed it in a 5–6 defeat to the Netherlands' Virginia Lourens, relegating her to fifth position.

Two years later, Corsi became a European champion in Samsun, Turkey under the women's featherweight division (59 kg), after brushing aside her Russian opponent Margarita Mkrtchyan in the final. When South Korea hosted the 2003 Summer Universiade in Daegu, Corsi chased the local favorite Kim Sae-rom for the gold, but her feat was only enough to take the silver medal.

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Corsi qualified for her second Italian squad in the women's featherweight class (57 kg) by placing second behind South Korea's Jang Ji-won and granting a berth from the World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Paris, France. Seeded second and one of the athletes predicted to reach the final, Corsi started her fight with a smooth 2–0 triumph over France's Gwladys Épangue until she was stunned in a narrow 2–3 defeat to 20-year-old American neophyte Nia Abdallah during their quarterfinal match. In the repechage, Corsi secured a 5–2 lead over Russia's Margarita Mkrtchyan for another Olympic medal chance in the repechage, but ended again in fifth to match her placement from Sydney, following a 2–3 deficit to Mexico's Iridia Salazar.


Source: www.wikipedia.com



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ETU President Pragalos signed on 13 February a hosting contract with Mr Constantin Apostol, President of the Romanian Taekwondo Federation. In addition, ETU will hold a mixed team competition for national teams on the occasion of the aforementioned event. During the European Taekwondo Senior championships in Montreux, the mix team competition format will be tested in cooperation with the World Taekwondo Federation.

The ETU today accepted the provisional membership of the Swedish Taekwondo Union. The federation fulfilled the requirements for application and thus the ETU provisionally accepted them as member until the ETU Council and General Assembly decides on the full membership of the federation. For the time being, all athletes of the federation are - according to the statutes of ETU - eligible to participate at all ETU events. In meetings, the federation has the right to attend, but voting rights will only be granted after the Council and General Assembly accepted the full membership of the STU.


President Pragalos joined dr. Chungwon Choue on the World Taekwondo fact-finding mission to Nepal. The country was struck by a devastating earthquake only 9 months ago. The World Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation visited Nepal to investigate how the Foundation can assist the country by applying taekwondo. Nepal, a country with 65,000 taekwondo practitioners, can use all the help at this time. The visited to the center of Kathmandu showed that the people of Nepal are working hard to repair the damage, but a lot of works still needs to be done.

The Nepal Taekwondo Association planned an excellent visit, with on the first day a visit to the Prime Minister of the country, a visit to ground zero of the earthquake and a visit to the city of Basmati and Pokhara. During the visit to Bagmati, all the people were gathered to welcome the World Taekwondo delegation and President Choue. The World Taekwondo demonstration team gave an excellent demonstration which was attended by the Vice-president of the country. After the demonstration, the delegation was taken to ground zero of the earthquake.

The countryside changed into a surreal moon landscape, in which the earthquake destroyed more than 20,000 houses and took the lives of thousands of Nepalese people. During the last  days of the visit, the delegation travelled to Pokhara and met with the local clubs.






World Taekwondo Federation launched the website of the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation. The website can be found via the following link: www.thfaid.org


The ETU Council unanimously decided that the Swedish Taekwondo Federation’s (STF) membership is revoked with immediate effect. Based on article 15 of the statutes of ETU, the Council revoked their membership. Since the beginning of 2014, the STF is not in
compliance with the WTF and ETU statutes. ETU discussed the matter with the federation at first, but when no progress was made, the WTF got involved in the case. At a tripartite meeting in Lausanne, a solution was almost reached but the STF bailed out at the last moment. Since 2014, three different presidents have been leading the federation. In October of 2015, the ETU president had a meeting with the Swedish NOC president to solve the
case. They reached an agreement and ETU lifted the suspension of the federation and as a sign of good faith. However, such a sign of good faith – e.g. the General Assembly approving the way forward - was not delivered by the STF. The board of STF has not done anything for nearly 2 years to resolve the situation.  And promises were not fulfilled. The only thing that happened is that the board of the STF brought other organizations to our meetings, but the fact still remains that the board of the STF for almost 2 years has not done anything to remedy the problems it created.

Based on the above arguments and based on article 15.5 and 15.3 of the ETU Statutes, the
ETU Council:

- decided to revoke the membership of the Swedish Taekwondo Federation with immediate effect,
- guarantees that the Swedish athletes who qualified or are in the process of qualifying for the Olympics will remain unharmed and are able to participate at all events either under the flag of WTF or ETU,
- guarantees that all Swedish athletes with an IOC or NOC scholarship shall remain unharmed and are able to participate at all events either under the flag of WTF or ETU.

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