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Colorado Springs / Athens - USATKD and Taekwondo Europe are joining forces in their ambition to further develop the youth taekwondo athletes at an elite level. The introduction of European Ranking lists in 2020 for Cadets and Juniors was already supported firmly by most of the European G-ranked events. With this new collaboration between USATKD and Taekwondo Europe, the US Open 2020 will also be added as the first non-European G-ranked event to the list of ranking events where European Cadets and Juniors will gain ranking points

      On the occasion, World Taekwondo Europe President Sakis Pragalos stated: “I am very excited that even outside Europe event organizers see the benefit of the introduction of the ranking lists for Cadets and Juniors. Having the GMS system (https://worldtkd.simplycompete.com/combined with Simply Compete, I am certain that we are on the right track for the future”.

      The exact rules and regulations for the ranking lists of European cadets and juniors will be equivalent to the existing rules and regulations for the Seniors category, with the exception that the ranking points for the Cadet category will be put to zero after one year, and for Juniors category after two years.

      USA Taekwondo CEO Steve McNally commented: “We are excited to see the introduction of junior and cadet rankings within World Taekwondo Europe; supporting innovation around the world is important for our sport to continue to grow. With US Open 2020 being held in one of the most famous places on the planet – Walt Disney World, Florida – we have a partnership that provides the perfect opportunity for the young European athletes to visit the U.S., enhance their own continental ranking and combine their sport acceleration with a visit to the happiest place on Earth! For U.S. Juniors and Cadets it provides one more valuable opportunity to compete against the best talents of Europe, and gain vital competition experience at an early age. We are looking forward to welcoming World Taekwondo Europe to Florida in late February 2020”.


Additional OCs that are interested in allowing European athletes to gain ranking points at their event can contact the WTE Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




Master Classes series I will be introduced in Bonn, Germany 5-6 October 2019, starting a new educational era for all taekwondo Europe.

For Limited time the prices of the seminar is formed as following:

1 Day pass — 40€
2 Day pass — 75€

Do not miss the unique opportunity for top-notch education by the elite of taekwondo coaches and register now: https://bit.ly/2HxIorK
For further information regarding the daily schedule & seminar outline check here: https://bit.ly/2L98bc6



Taking place every year from 23-3- September, the European Week of Sport, invites millions of people around Europe to collaborate on building better, healthier lifestyles for everyone.

Sport professionals, enthousiasts, experts and associations come together to participate in one of the world's biggest sport initiatives.With the astonishing participating number of 12 million participants across 48,500 events around Europe in 2018, the European Week of Sports continues to grow rapidly counting only a few years since its launch and the activities offered include a wide variety of sports, encouraging more European to embrace a healthy and active lifestyle through the moto and official hashtad of the Week: #BEACTIVE.

Taekwondo is one of the sports that is publicly practiced, with hundreds of public taekwondo activities and live demostrations taking place in numerous cities across Europe, promoting in this way both the sport and its benefits to the everyday life balance and health.


The European Week of Sport just started and invites you all to be a part of it. Follow the link to learn more on the Europen Week of Sport and the activies organized in your country - including Taekwondo - and embrace health and fitness in your lives!






Less than two weeks after one more successful European taekwondo event, Taekwondo Europe's Director General Mr. Kenneth Schunken marked another milestone, this one personal -- his wedding day.

On Thursday 19 September 2019, Kenneth entered the bond of holy matrimony with his beloved Odisea Welvaart. The couple was married at Rotterdam, Netherlands, and since yesterday, they count as one more couple within the taekwondo family.

Taekwondo Europe sincerely expresses its congratulations to the happy couple, wishing them a life full of prosperity and joy. 


The city of Helsingborg in Sweden, hosted the European Under 21 Championships, September 5-8, 2019.

Τhe following video captured the most thrilling competitions of the event, the young medalists and champions of Europe, and gets you to relive the great taekwondo moments of Helsingborg and get a taste of February 2020, when the city will be ready to welcome the most massive taekwondo event; WT President's Cup Europe 2020!!


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WTE Director-General Kenneth Schunken accompanied by Ioannis Mouroutsos and Kalvo Salmus visited Tallinn, Estonia for discussing European Cadet and Kids Championships for 2020.
The delegation was hosted by Tallinn’s City Mayor, Mr. Mihhail Kõlvart, who is also President of the Estonian federation. The venue, which is used for music concerts and various sport events will be the competition hall where Taekwondo athletes will fight for European medals.

The events will take place in September 2020 and will open the season after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.







The city of Bari, Italy will host of the G4 EXTRA European Championships that are scheduled to be realized 1-3 November, 2019.
The sports venue PalaFlorio with a total capacity of 6,000 people, will accommodate the event, and welcome the european athletes and national teams, along with the spectators and fans of taekwondo to enjoy the competitions and cheer for the new champions.
Below you may find the official Competition Outline accompanied by the Accommodation & Transportation Guide for all participating teams.



(Helsingborg, 8 September 2019) – WTE European Under 21 Championships were successfully completed in Helsingborg, Sweden during 5-8 September 2019. The arena of the town – named after the city itself – hosted the four-day competition, with in total 37 countries and almost 500 athletes competed for the title of the European Under 21 taekwondo champion. During the first day, the competition included the male -54kg -58kg and female -46, 49kg -54kg categories, with Russia distinctively standing out in an overall collection of gold medals.

      The 2ndcompetition day continued with the male -63kg, 68 kg and female -53kg and -57kg weight categories. The opening ceremony of the championships was also realized within the day, with the Vice Mayor of Helsingborg city Lena Bjerne declaring the championship open followed by a series of videos on taekwondo, the presentation of the participating countries and the speech of Taekwondo Europe Vice-President Fred Buitenhuis.

       During the 3rdcompetition day, the mayor of Helsingborg City Mr. Mats Sander visited Helsingborg arena, giving a warm welcoming speech to the 37 countries of the championships and inviting them to enjoy the town and the Swedish hospitality, while he expressed his contemplation of the overall result and benefits of the event. The competition day included the weight categories of male -74kg, -80kg and female -62kg, 67kg, while

the male -87kg, +87kg, and female -67kg, +67kg weight categories, concluded the championships on Sunday 8 September.

      The International Referees of the championships were gathered for the usual commemorative photo of the championship, while also the best referees of the WTE European Under 21 Championships 2019 were awarded, being presented to Ali Dinge Alarslan from Turkey, Kari Sirvio from Finland, Maja Fatuta from Croatia and Kimberly Boccia from Italy. 

      During the final medal ceremony, the awarding of the overall team ranking trophies followed, with Russia being on top of all rankings. Specifically, Russia, Turkey, and Spain took the top 3 places for the overall female ranking, while Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine were on top for the overall male ranking. The general overall team ranking found Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine on top with the first one achieving a collection of 6 gold, 6 silver, and 9 bronze medals, followed by Turkey with 3 gold, 4 silver, and 5 bronze medals and Ukraine with 2 gold and 3 bronze medals.

      The thirty-seven national taekwondo teams of Europe renewed their meeting in February 2020, where the beautiful town of Helsingborg will welcome the WT President’s Cup Europe; one of the most popular and massive in participation taekwondo events internationally. The Helsingborg Arena will be ready once more to host hundreds of athletes internationally and preserve the European Taekwondo at the crest of the sport.










The draw lots of WTE European Taekwondo Under 21 Championships 2019 DAY 4 are now available:

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