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Under the spirit of Olympism and solidarity, Taekwondo players from both sides of the Korean peninsula represented World Taekwondo (WT) and the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) in order to conduct a joint activity.

 

More specifically, the Taekwondo representatives performed together a collaborative demonstration at the pre-show of the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

 

On that topic, the message of peace and harmony was sent worldwilde with athletes from the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea parading out together behind one flag.

 

The World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue stated: “Today is a historic moment for World Taekwondo and the International Taekwondo Federation and the Korean Peninsula. At a time of growing global tensions, the joint performance of the WT and ITF demonstration teams in PyeongChang and the subsequent march of the Unified Korean Olympic Team at the PyeongChang 2018 Opening Ceremony sent out a strong message that sport has the power to bring countries together and open up dialogue.”

 

The inside story

 

In August 2014, the two parties ITF and WT signed a Protocol of Accord with the full endorsement of IOC President Thomas Bach on the side-lines of the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China.

 

Consequently, during the 2015 WT World Taekwondo Championships in Chelyabinsk, Russia and the 2017 WT World Taekwondo Championships in Muju, South Korea, the ITF Demonstration Team joined the WT corresponding one in order to perform together.

 

The day after

 

The WT and ITF Demonstration Teams met again for second day in a row (10/02/2018), in the coastal city of Sokcho in Gangwon province for a joint performance which lasted over an hour and included WT demo, ITF demo and a joint demo for conclusion.

 

The ceremony, which was held at Gangwon Career Center, was honoured by the presence of VIPs from the Olympic Movement including H.E. Mr. Ki-moon Ban, IOC Ethics Commission Chairman and Dr. Ugur Erdener, IOC Vice President, Mr. Francesco Ricci Bitti, ASOIF President, Mr. Ivan Dibos, IOC Member, Ms. Aicha Garad Ali, IOC Member, Prof. Ung Chang, IOC Member, Mr. Poul-Erik HØYER, IOC Member, Mr. Jean-Christophe Rolland, IOC Member. Dr. Hassan Moustafa, President, International Handball Federation, Mr. Oleg Matytsin, FISU President, Mr. Angelo Cito, WT Council Member.

 

The event was also honoured by the World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue and WT Secretary General Hoss Rafaty, the ITF President Yong Son Ri and ITF Vice President Hoyong Hwang.

 

The completion of the remarkable ceremony reserved a banner with the meaningful message of “Peace is more important than triumph”.

 

Source: World Taekwondo 

Photo credits: World Taekwondo 

 

 

The city of Kazan is the eighth-largest town in Russia and capital of the Republic of Tartarstan with ambitions in becoming a global capital of world sporting events. During the dates 10-13 May 2018 will be also the host city of the 23rd edition of the top-tier WTE event and will welcome the elite of European taekwondo.

 

Moreover, the athletes that will attend the event will visit several times the Sport Hall Ak Bars since it will be the hosting venue of the WTE European Taekwondo Championships 2018. It is worth pointing out that the 2012 European Qualification Tournament for London Olympic Games was also held at the relevant venue.

 

 

The traditional Russian Muslim city has recently hosted also a number of mega sporting events, among others, championships in fencing, judo, aquatics and will also be the host of the FIFA World Cup 2018. Also, several Olympic-standard venues have already been built, setting the city of Kazan as the ideal sports ambassador city of Europe.

 

More detailed information and the official outline will be published promptly.

 

The 6th WTE European Taekwondo Clubs Championships wrapped up Friday 9 February, with the final awarding ceremony for the senior categories ending the festivities.

Below, we will break down all of the results of the 4-day championship recap Friday's action and the major facts of the competition.

 

Results - Competition Day 4

Male

Category: Seniors Male A -80 / Seniors M -80 kg (33 competitors)

NURLAN MYRZABAYEV - KAZAKHSTAN

RICHARD ANDRE ORDEMANN - NORWAY

MUHAMMET SARI - TURKEY

HASAN CAN LAZOGLU – TURKEY

 

Category: Seniors Male A -87 / Seniors M -87 kg (22 competitors)

ALEXANDER BACHMANN - GERMANY

IVAN SAPINA - CROATIA

DINKO SEGEDIN - CROATIA

SMAIYL DUISEBAY – KAZAKHSTAN

 

Category: Seniors Male A +87 / Seniors M +87 kg (14 competitors)

GEORGII TANDELOV - RUSSIA

ATHANASIOS NIKOLAIDIS - GREECE

JACK RYAN SPALL – GREAT BRITAIN

RUSLAN ZHAPAROV - KAZAKHSTAN

 

Category: Seniors Female A -46 / Seniors F -46 kg (25 competitors)

IRYNA ROMOLDANOVA - UKRAINE

FATMA SARIDOGAN - TURKEY

NIHAL SATILMIS - TURKEY

DINA POURYOUNES LANGEROUDI – NETHERLANDS

 

Category: Seniors Female A -49 / Seniors F -49 kg (23 competitors)

MERVE DINCEL - TURKEY

VANJA STANKOVIC - SERBIA

KRISTINA TOMIC - CROATIA

HAVVA NUR COBAN – TURKEY

 

Category: Seniors Female A -53 / Seniors F -53 kg (24 competitors)

INESE TARVIDA - GERMANY

TIJANA BOGDANOVIC - SERBIA

DESPINA PILAVAKI - CYPRUS

FARIZA ALDANGOROVA – KAZAKHSTAN

 

Category: Seniors Female A -57 / Seniors F -57 kg (22 competitors)

HATICE KUBRA ILGUN - TURKEY

MARIJA STETIC - CROATIA

IKRA KAYIR - TURKEY

ALEKSANDRA RADMILOVIC - SERBIA

 

Female

Category: Seniors Female A -62 / Seniors F -62 kg (26 competitors)

MAGDALENO ALBIZU - SPAIN

KRISTINA BEROS - CROATIA

ANA CIUCHITU – MOLDOVA

IOANNA - STAVROULA DESYLLA – GREECE

 

Category: Seniors Female A -67 / Seniors F -67 kg (16 competitors)

MERVENUR EVCI - TURKEY

POLINA NIKULICHEVA - RUSSIA

ATHANASIA MITSOPOULOU - GRE

TETIANA TETEREVIATNYKOVA – UKRAINE

 

Category: Seniors Female A -73 / Seniors F -73 kg (9 competitors)

MILICA MANDIC -SERBIA

DORIS POLE - CROATIA

SIMGE ERENSAYIN - TURKEY

MARINA KLIMKO – RUSSIA

 

Category: Seniors Female A +73 / Seniors F +73 kg (10 competitors)

SOLÈNE AVOULETTE - FRANCE

AYSE ASMA - TURKEY

GRAMMATIKI CHRISTIDOU - GREECE

ESRA AKBULAK - TURKEY

 

Recap

Most of the championship competitions have set their way on to the WTE European Championships Kazan 2018, but either by qualifying through the President’s Cup 2018 in April or via their rankings.

A number of well known names of the Olympic Taekwondo also made their presence, such as Tijana Bogdanovic (SRB) and Milica Mandic (SRB), since Clubs Championships were a great opportunity for a general rehearsal before Kazan 2018 in May and since we are half-way the 31st Olympiad, the athletes preparing for Tokyo 2020 have already set the championships to be present.

A few incidents of injuries showed the alertness of the OC in terms of organization, and reminded to all that taekwondo competions should be proactively organized for the athletes' safety.

The championships conducted for the first time in Istanbul since their launch, faced a surprising development on the number of participating clubs and competitors with the total numbers of athletes summing up to 267 cadets, 318 juniors and 428 seniors. Similarly the Turkish Open which currently runs, had the same accelerating number of registrants, therefore the OC of the championships has already scheduled to broadcast the tournament live in TRT spor, local time.After the dominating medal collection by the host country, Kazakhstan was the country standing in the second place, followed by Ukraine whose clubs summed their medals to 4 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze.

 

 

Below follows the total number of medals per country – in accumulation by each of the country’s clubs

Turkey  28 gold  18 silver  4 bronze

Kazakhstan  6 gold  7 silver  13 bronze

Ukraine  4 gold  3 silver  12 bronze

Azerbaijan  4 gold   3 silver   5 bronze

Germany  4 gold  1silver  1 bronze

Serbia  3 gold  4 silver  2 bronze

Russia  2 gold  3 silver  4 bronze

Bulgaria  2 gold  4 silver  7 bronze

Spain  1 gold  5 bronze

France  1 gold  1 silver

Slovenia  1 gold

Croatia  4 silver   2 bronze

Greece  2 silver  4 bronze

Belgium  2 silver

Great Britain  1 silver  1 bronze

Norway  1 silver  1 bronze

Netherlands  1 bronze

Cyprus  1 bronze

Bosnia-Herzegovina 1 silver

Moldova  2 bronze

Latvia  2 bronze

Italia  2 bronze

 

Photos: Turkish Taekwondo Federation

For the medal winners of previous days, follow the links:

Medal Winners Day 3

Medal Winners Day 2

Medal Winners Day 1

 

The 3rd Competition Day of the 6th WTE European Taekwondo Clubs Championships has been completed successfully with the competition categories of Junior Male, Female and Senior Male. 

The hosting country achieved for one more time making the difference in medals, as its presence on the podium was prominent in almost every competition category, with the category of Junior Female +68 standing out, since all of the medals were awarded to the young Turkish competitors.

 

Following the medal collection of day came the taekwondo clubs from Kazakhstan and Ukraine, while Russia and Germany counted their medals in one hand.

The Champioships will continue for the fourth and final day of the event, where the overall ranking in medals by country will also be complete, in a full review of the championship, its medallists and overall rankings. 

  

 

For the results of the Competition Day3, follow the link:

https://tpss.eu/results/1215/Drawsheets%20Friday%20Day%204.pdf

For the drawsheets of Competition Day 4, follow the link:

https://tpss.eu/results/1215/Drawsheets%20Friday%20Day%204.pdf

Photo credits: Turkish Taekwondo Federation

 

 

After the declaration of Sofia; the capital city of Bulgaria, as the official city of sport for 2018, and the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU from 1 January - 30 June 2018, the local agenda of “education, youth, culture and sport” will work towards promoting European values through sport, fighting against the use of doping in sport, and establishing the concept of “sport for all” as means of integration and a bridge between tradition and innovation.

Taking such initiatives include Bulgaria becoming the most massive taekwondo host country of the year. Apart from the WTE Under 21, the Olympic Weight Categories Taekwondo Championships and the European Parataekwondo Championships that Sofia hosted during 2017, the city of Plovdiv will now become the host of the inaugural WTE OPEN MULTI EUROPEAN TAEKWON-DO-IT GAMES. The event will last about half a month starting from the  31st May 2018, including both Kyorugi and Poomsae disciplines in all age categories.

In detail regarding the event, WTE OPEN MULTI EUROPEAN TAEKWON-DO-IT GAMES will be an open G-1 ranking tournament. It is the world’s biggest taekwondo tournament, since it will include competitors from all age categories – children, cadets, juniors, juniors U21, seniors, par taekwondo and veterans from all disciplines. Also, Referee and Coach Seminars for New Coach Licenses will be conducted before the event, as well as PUM/DAN exams for athletes. Under discussion remains an additional number of events that is discussed to be added throughout the games, under the regulation of World Taekwondo and KUKKIWON.

 

The WTE competition tournament coincide with the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of EU. Thus, numerous of European authorities and members of the European Parliament will include a visit in Bulgaria and Plovdiv in their official agenda, which can be proved a great opportunity not only to highlight the European Taekwondo in all its stages, but also exhibit the highest of its quality, its technical preciseness and both the mental and physical discipline required for someone to actually master taekwondo.

 

Sources:

European Council of the European Union

Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Bulgarian Taekwondo Federation

 

 

The 3rd European WT President's Cup 2018 takes place during the dates 25-29 April in Athens, Greece and WTE would like to keep updated all the candidates who wish to join the most awaited event. 

 

Therefore, concerning the registration process kindly note that the WT Online Registration for the upcoming G2 event will go live on Thursday February 8, at 5 p.m. C.E.T. for MNA admins ONLY until the 20th of February 17.00 hours C.E.T. time. After this time the online registration will be opened up for region and club admins as well. 

 

Since it is expected the interest of participation to surpass the previous edition, WTE gives priority for registration to National Teams to register before opening up to the rest.

 

So, harry up and don’t miss this opportunity, as we are assured that once it is opened up the deadline of 2000 will be rapidly reached.

 

Register now through the WT GMS Simply Compete and remember that all the participants must hold 2018 APPROVED WT Licence with WT Event Pass. 

 

For details and relevant info please click the following links:

 

Updated Outline Package:

 

files/PC2018/Outline_WTF_PC_2018_FINAL_GMS_Updated.pdf

files/PC2018/Registration_Notification.pdf

files/PC2018/Hotel__Transfers_reservation_form_-_TKD.DOCX

 

The 6th European Clubs Championships continued for the second day in WOW Convention Center Sports hall in Istanbul, Turkey. The second competition day included matches of the Junior Male category from 45 - +78 kg, Junior Female from 42 – +68 kg and Senior Male from 55 – 74 kg. The host country was unsurprisingly among the standouts of the day, and as its potential has shown, it will probably be one of the dominant medalist countries of the overall event.

The Clubs Taekwondo Championships which started in 2012 have escalated in terms of participation, in both official national teams and individual clubs. The inaugural event back in 2012 had started with only a few hundred of participants, yet up to now, this number has overpassed the one thousand competitors. Up to now, almost half of the overall 1.013 athletes that registered in the event, have already competed to claim a medal.

After all the elimination rounds, the quarter and the semifinals of the four (4) in total terrains in the sports hall and at the end of the competition day, WT and WTE delegates awarded the young medalists, and renewed the clubs meeting for tomorrow, the 3rd day of the event.

For the medallists of the 2nd Competition Day, follow the link:

https://tpss.eu/results/1215/Medal%20winners%20Tuesday%20Day%202.pdf 

 

For the drawsheets of the 3rd competition day, follow the links:

 

https://tpss.eu/results/1215/Drawsheets%20Thursday%20Day%203.pdf

https://tpss.eu/results/1215/new%20Drawsheets%20%20Male%20-58%20kgThursday%20Day%203.pdf

https://tpss.eu/results/1215/New%20Drawsheets%20female%20-%2059%20Thursday%20Day%203.pdf

 

 

 

 

The 6th WTE European Clubs Taekwondo Championships were successfully launched on 6 February 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. The competitions were held in WOW Convention Center, just outside from the center of the capital city. The particular hotel complex was also the one hosting the European Qualification Tournament for the Olympic Games in Rio, during 2016, thus its facilities were both professional to support such an event, and familiar to many of the competitors and and national teams.

For one more year, the open European event attracted a high number of competitors, not only from Europe, but from all continents. The choice of conducting the championships in Istanbul instead of Antalya, which was the place that hosted the event during the past years, was proved to be more than proactive, since many more national teams and competitiors decided to register to the event, because of flexible travelling and lack of extra domestic flight.

The inaugural day of the WTE Championships opened with cadet category competitions. On Wednesday 7th, junior category will take the relay and the event will close on 9th February with the awarding ceremony of the senior medallists.

Just the day before the opening of the championships, the WTE Coach Seminar was also held in Istanbul, at the same hotel complex. Almost 150 new taekwondo coaches were accredited and obtained their coach licences to suppport their athletes in future European and international Championships closing the seminar with a commemorative group photo.

For the results of DAY 1 follow the link: https://tpss.eu/results/1215/Medal%20winners%20Tuesday%20Day%201.pdf

 

For the drawsheets of competition DAY 2 follow the link: https://tpss.eu/results/1215/Drawsheets%20Wednesday%20Day%202.pdf

 

 

The 3rd edition of the WT President’s Cup 2018 – European Region, kicks off in Athens, Greece during the dates 25-29 April.

 

The all-time record event, which was introduced in the European continent during the 2016 in the city of Bonn in Germany, will take place this year at the “Ano Liosia Olympic Indoor Hall” and the registration for the candidates who wish to participate must be completed by the deadline, 13 April 2018 (23:59 CET). Registration must be done via WT GMS System (https://worldtkd.simplycompete.com) and the limit of athletes is 2.000.

 

Check the link below for the Official Outline of the favoured event which includes the relevant information and the qualification details.

 

files/PC2018/Outline_WT_PC_2018_FINAL.pdf

 

 

 

The 1st European President’s Cup for Children continues for the second and final day of the inaugural event, in Glaspalast Sindelfingen, Germany.

The inaugural event includes Kyorugi, Poomsae, Freestyle Poomsae and Family Poomsae competitions, while the little taekwondo participants’ categories are these of younger that 6, 7-18, 9-11 and 12-14 years old.

Just as in every President’s Cup tournament, the athletes have the unique advantage of qualifying to the European Championships, similarly, the medalists of the competitions will earn a place to the WTE European Kids Championships.

In detail, the top four (4) medalists from 12-14 years old qualify directly for the WTE Cadet European Championships. The top four (4) European Medalists qualify directly for the WTE Multi European Championships 2018 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, while if there are children outside Europe among the medalists, the European Children on the following places move up and qualify. The children younger than 6, as well as 7 and 8 years old in Category A, and all the age classes in category B do not qualify for European Championships, but are welcome to take part in the European President’s Cup for Children to gain important experience.

WTE President Sakis Pragalos stated regarding the launch of the event: “Now we proceed one step further and give to even more children the chance to take part in a European Championship. For the young players that is a formative experience, which helps them tremendously in their development as athletes. The kids of today are the champions but also the instructors and the promoters of Taekwondo of tomorrow. Therefore, WTE makes a special effort to support these children – our future”.

The 1st European President’s Cup for Children is the opening event of the European Taekwondo events and 2018 calendar and of course a passage to the greatest in participation European taekwondo event; the 3rd Presidents Cup, which will be realized for the second time in Athens, Greece and the outline is expected to be launched on Monday 5th  February.

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