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On the occasion of the WTE European Under 21 Championships 2019, Taekwondo Europe delegation made a site visit in Helsingborg Arena, the host arena of the event, to inspect the venue and secure that the championships will be carried out successfully. Taekwondo Europe General Director Georgia Gatsis and Sport Coordinator George Tsimekis met with the President of the Organizing Comittee Pernilla Westphal and the Operations Coordinator Gibriel Jatta and were toured around the venue and its facilities.


During the visit, Taekwondo Europe delegation explored the main arena where the four in total terains will be placed and the surrounding halls, which will be used as training and warm-up areas. Two large video walls will accommodate spectators livestream and results, while around the main arena there will be a sponsor's village, offering the visitors and spectators the opportunity to buy from sports equipment to commemorative items from the event or the city.


The VIP and officials will have their own delegated spaces, and also special, spatious and comfortable areas will be used along with the restaurants of the arena as dining areas for athletes, coaches and IRs. Media representatives will also enjoy a number of professional facilities, as the arena is facilitated with exclusive press area, media booths, and separate access, so to ensure that the event can be communicated in the best possible way by journalists and media professionals.




The Organizing Committee has already arranged all hospitality issues, including accommodation and transportation. The three hotels that will accommodate all the teams and referees, along with the fourth one delegated to the event officials, are located at a maximum ten-minute drive away from the arena. All the teams will be transfered to and from the arena on a daily basis, as well as the teams that have booked their accommodation through the OC, will also be granted their pick up to and from the airport, provided they inform the organizing committee in time. The closest airport to the city is Copenhagen Airport in Denmark, being less than an hour drive away, although Malmo Airport is closer, yet being used for regional flights mostly. 


Helsingborg Arena capacity reaches 5,000 spectators (main area) and up to now, it has hosted numerous of events from different sports, as well as music concerts and several cultural events, always delivering a flawless result. Spectators can access the arena and watch the competitions for a small ticket fee, which will be known in the upcoming days.



The beautiful city of Helsingborg in Sweden is looking forward to welcoming the WTE European Under 21 Championships on 5-8 September 2019, offering participants an amazing event experience. Taekwondo Europe along with the Organising Committee are certain that the event will thrive both in terms of organizing and services provided and invite the Taekwondo family in Sweden.


Helsingborg Arena, the multi-purpose arena that has hosted hundreds of sport, music and cultural events, will welcome the WTE European Under 21 Championships 2019, offering the participants an amazing event experience.


(Photo: OC Operations Cordinator Gibriel Jatta, WTE Sport Coordinator Geaorge Tsimekis, WTE General Director Georgia Gatsis)


Helsingborg Arena Restaurant


Helsingborg Arena Lounge


Helsingborg Arena surroundings



Rome welcomed some of the world elite taekwondo athletes during World Taekwondo Grand Prix Series 2019. The event was the inaugural one for the Grand Prix 2019, while also it was the first time Poomsae is included in the Grand Prix Series.

Rome 2019 Grand Prix was held at Foro Italico Arena, with 255 taekwondo athletes from 53 countries participating. The award ceremony on the occasion of the event was held in Colosseum, with many of the biggest names of Taekwondo being present and the WT Demo team giving a spectacular show, creating an extraordinary scenery within the historical monument. (video)




In the past few weeks, Taekwondo Europe and the Royal Spanish Taekwondo Federation reached an agreement on the hosting of the European Cadet Championships and European Junior Championships 2019. Marina d’Or, also known as Taekwondo City, will host both events. The Cadet event will kick off 1 – 3 October and the Junior event will follow with event dates 4 – 6 October 2019


Taekwondo Europe is grateful for the continuing commitment and support of the Royal Spanish Taekwondo Federation and in particular its Executive Board and President Jesus Castellanos Pueblas. 






Master D'Alise passed away yesterday evening after a strong fight with cancer. The 48 year old master was a well known personality in taekwondo with many successes as an athlete, and he will be surely missed by the entire taekwondo family.

Domenico was silver world champion in 1989 and won a bronze medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. During his career he has been 4 times Italian Cup champion, 7 times Italian champion, 2 times European champion (1988, 1989), 3 times Europe silver champion (1986, 1990, 1994), silver world champion (1989), while he has also won the gold medal winner at the world tournament in Los Angeles (1993), at the Olympic Festival (1995) and French Open (1990). He had dedicated his life in sport, his wife and 2 children and his students, taking up many initiatives against bullying.


Taekwondo Europe expresses its deepest condolences to the Italian Taekwondo Federation, and its heartfelt sympathies on the loss to the family, friends, colleagues and students of Domenico.





Focusing on educating and developing taekwondo coaches, athletes and referees, Taekwondo Europe introduces the 1st WTE Education Festival Camp that will be realized on 1-3 August 2019 in Trelleborg, Sweden. The inaugural WTE education camp aims to educate and upgrade referees', coaches', trainers' and athletes' taekwondo skills and knowledge, through a series of educational courses in a wide area of topics associated with the sport of taekwondo and not only.

From sports nutrition to training techniques and from coaches seminar to referees workshop, WTE aims to build the educational foundation able to elevate its participants' sporting skills, create a strong network among the taekwondo family members and enhance educational and self improvement initiatives within taekwondo, both as a sport and a way of living.

The educational courses are taught by recognized personalities of the taekwondo family and the sports environment in general, while there will also be relized a coaches' seminar during the event, for all new coaches that want to acquire their Coach Card Lisence.

Further information on the detailed schedule of the camp can be found in the event program, available to download below.

Download - 1st WTE Education Festival Camp 2019 full program


If you wish to participate in the event, please submit via email the respective application form below.

Download - Application Form




DTU President Stefan Klawiter and Secretary-General Andreas Rahn visited the WTE office in Athens.
They met with Taekwondo Europe’s President Sakis Pragalos and Secretary-General Michael Fysentzidis.

During the meeting, different issues were discussed. The DTU officials confirmed their support of WTE and both the German as well as the WTE officials are looking forward to a constructive cooperation between the 2 organizations.

The New Quota Allocation system at WTE events has been approved after the final closing of the MNA's e-voting.
The Quota Allocation system will be valid at all WTE European Championships and will be effective as of the year 2020.
The directives voted upon include decisions regarding the MNA quota places per weight division, the direct qualification of athletes, specific rules applying to cadet and junior/senior weight divisions, as well as the quota places obtained in non-Olympic weight divisions.
In the following annex, you may find the complete Quota Allocation at WTE European Championships, listing and elaborating on the different regulations that apply in specific cases.
Quota Allocation at WTE European Championships (effective from 2020) 



During the Swedish National Sports Meeting on Sunday 26 May 2019, Mr. Ferenc Böö was awarded RF's merit sign for his longlasting work of over 40 years in Swedish Taekwondo. The specific prize is the highest honor that can be achieved within the National Sports Association in Sweden.

Mr. Böö has been involved in European Taekwondo for several decades and the entire European Taekwondo Family highlights the importance of having such dedicated and qualified people within the European Taekwondo and cordially congratulates him for the award!





Just the year before the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the World Taekwondo Championships reveal a clearer image of the athletes that will compete in the Olympic Games.

From 15-19 May 2019, the city of Manchester was home to this milestone World Taekwondo event of the year. The 2019 Manchester World Taekwondo Championships, marked the 24th World Taekwondo Championships and was held in Manchester Arena, attracting close to 1000 athletes from 150 countries all over the world.

The opening ceremony of the event which was realized for the first time in UK, took place during the first competition day, where the World Taekwondo demonstration team performed, World Taekwondo President Dr. Choue wished the competitors luck during his speech, while also a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between World Taekwondo and International Judo Federation, bringing the two parts working together to promote peace through sport.

In total 64 medals were awarded to the top participants of the event from overall 16 competition categories. European Taekwondo proved for one more time after Muju 2017 its dominance and supremacy among the continents, as the overall medal acquisition for Europe was 43.75%; almost half of the medals.

In detail, United Kingdom counted in total 3 gold and 1 bronze medals, Russia followed with 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medals and Turkey with 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.

Worth also to mention that Azerbaijan and Italy also claimed a gold medal, while also Spain stood out with 1 silver and 1 bronze medals, Greece with 1 silver, Croatia with 4 bronze and France with 2 bronze medals, while Belgium, Germany, Latvia and Portugal attained 1 bronze medal each.

The final team ranking for men finds Russia in the top 3 after South Korea and followed by China, while United Kingdom, Azerbaijan and Italy follow in the next 3 places.

In women, United Kingdom stood out in the top 3 after South Korea and China, while also Turkey, Croatia and Russia have also a place in the top 10 listing. and World Champions from countries within the European region and Croatia standing out in medals.

The world champions from the European region confirm the European MNAs’ work to develop the sport and is a fact that taekwondo athletes from counties of Europe are a major part of the World Taekwondo elite of athletes, acting as both ambassadors and figureheads of the sport worldwide.

After the World Taekwondo Championships, the G4 European Taekwondo Championships and the European Qualification Tournament and the European Senior Taekwondo Championships that will follow in 2019 and early 2020, will be the ones that will determine the taekwondo athletes that will represent Europe in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.




On 22 June 2019, the Taekwondo Austrian Open Poomsae will kick off in Vienna, which will be held in Südstadt and will last for 2 days. Poomsae competitors will have the great opportunity of competing in an event which attracts athletes from all around Europe, enhances the poomsae discipline, gathering the taekwondo family together once again.

The event is G1 ranked and open for participation outside Europe. More information on registration ans well as the event outline can be found in Simply Compete.




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