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Dear global taekwondo family and friends,
The year 2015 will go down as one of the most successful years in taekwondo’s history. At the beginning of the year we received the very welcome news that taekwondo would be included in the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020. This was a huge honor for taekwondo and truly makes us a “sport for all.”
We also witnessed the most successful World Taekwondo Championships the WTF has ever hosted– I offer our sincerest thanks to all those in Chelyabinsk, Russia, who did such a wonderful job as hosts.
Following the World Championships, we saw the four Grand Prix events take place in Moscow, Russia; Samsun, Turkey; Manchester, GB; and Mexico City, Mexico. Throughout the Grand Prix, we were treated to exciting and dramatic competitions which highlighted the global strength of our sport. By the time the finals were over, 48 elite taekwondo athletes had won quota places for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. We also hosted the second annual WTF Gala Awards which took place in Mexico’s historic National Theatre and celebrated the outstanding achievements of athletes, coaches and referees.
In 2016 we will look to build on the success of 2015 and continue to identify ways of evolving and improving our sport for the benefit of athletes and fans.
2016 will see the World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships take place in Lima, Peru, showcasing the artistic side of our sport. I am personally looking forward to seeing how the creative and extreme versions of taekwondo poomsae have developed.  
As we announced in our recent WTF Council meeting, the Canadian city of Burnaby will host the World Junior Taekwondo Championships in 2016. This important tournament will give us all a close look at the pipeline of global talent that will be feeding competitive taekwondo in the years ahead.
As part of our commitment to innovating our events, we will introduce the 1st WTF World Beach Taekwondo Championships in June this year in Bali, Indonesia. Beach sports have grown dramatically in popularity, particularly among young people, in recent years and the World Beach Taekwondo Championships will bring something fresh and exciting to a whole new audience. We also hope to see taekwondo included in the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games in San Diego, the United States in 2017.
But most importantly, 2016 is an Olympic year. The Olympic Games are the very pinnacle for our athletes and provide them with the ultimate platform to showcase their exceptional talent on the global stage. The 2015 Grand Prix series has granted our elite-level fighters more comprehensive, professionally staged competitive experiences than ever before. Now, they all know each other’s games, and fierce, but friendly rivalries are in play in every weight category. Our athletes are ready to thrill and excite the Olympic audience with their fast and precise techniques in Rio. Following the success of taekwondo at London 2012, where we saw medals won by more countries than ever before, I have no doubt Rio 2016 will provide one of the finest moments in our sporting history.
In the early months of 2016, continental Olympic qualification tournaments and wild cards will give those athletes who did not qualify via the Grand Prix series their chance to secure their NOCs Olympic places.
The WTF is first and foremost a sport organization, but we are also always working to fulfill our social responsibility as an International Federation. In this vein, in early 2015, we came up with the idea of establishing a new body, the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF).
The THF will assist refugees and displaced persons by providing them with the opportunity to learn and participate in taekwondo. Organizations already exist that supply refugees with the bare essentials of food and drink, shelter and medicine. We will not replicate these efforts. Instead, the THF will harness the power of taekwondo to teach refugees understanding, self-discipline and respect, and encourage them to live healthy lifestyles.
As WTF President, it was an honor and a privilege for me to formally announce the THF to the world at the United Nations headquarters in New York on September 21 on the 2015 U.N. International Day of Peace.
The THF is being officially set up in the WTF’s Lausanne office. The establishment of a charitable foundation is a detailed and time consuming process that cannot be rushed. But I am pleased to report that the THF has already kicked off pilot projects in two Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, with the full backing and cooperation of Jordanian authorities. All early indications are positive.
In 2016, the THF will begin full-scale operations. Already, we are planning a second pilot project in earthquake-struck Nepal. We are also aligning our efforts with those of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office, which we expect will advise us on suitable locations for future THF projects, most probably in refugee camps in Africa and Latin America.
Across all our operations we will ensure that we are fully aligned with the International Olympic Committee and the principles of good governance. Good governance has always been, and remains, a key priority of the WTF. This was reflected in our strategic roadmap for 2016 which outlines five key areas that the WTF will prioritize in 2016 to ensure that the federation continues to grow and develop in line with international best practice.
With the full support of our global taekwondo family members, I strongly believe that 2016 can be our most successful year yet.
The WTF’s slogan for 2016 is “One Taekwondo, One World.” I am entirely confident that our organization will deliver on this promise this year. To achieve this, the WTF leadership hopes to leverage the full support of the global taekwondo family. We will do it together again in 2016.
In this spirit, I wish you all a happy and prosperous new year.
Yours in taekwondo,

Chungwon Choue,

World Taekwondo Federation

The registration proces for the European Qualification Tournament for the 2016 Rio Olympics is open! Please go to the WTF website to apply and add your athletes.

The event will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, and hotels can be booked via the hotel form attached in the invitation.

December 22, 2015

Dear PATU Family and Friends,

I hope this letter finds you in good spirits this holiday season.

In light of the current world refugee crisis, WTF President, Dr. Chuongwon Choue is taking a frontline initiative to respond to IOC President Thomas Bach’s urgent request to extend an invitation to athletes currently holding refugee status to participate in the WTF Continental Olympic Qualification Tournaments for Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

We, as a world sports organization, must act as the unifying force in a world undergoing unbearable turmoil. The world refugee crisis is a tragedy that affects all mankind.  We must stand in solidarity with every athlete whose hope, purpose, and strength have been stripped away by their daily struggle for survival in refugee camps. We must hold ourselves to the higher standards of athleticism and sportsmanship and do our very best to help the fallen taekwondo athletes of the world to regain their hopes and dreams, so that they may rehabilitate their health, self-esteem, dignity, and integrity through the only way we know how; TAEKWONDO.

PATU nations are nations of compassion, and I have no doubt that each PATU member nation will go far and beyond the call of duty to welcome with open arms, the refugee athletes to participate in the Olympic Games and Qualification Tournaments in accordance with the IOC Initiative.

PATU will stand hand-in-hand to keep the Olympic flame burning to light the pathway to 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games safe and open for all athletes. We extend our PATU hospitality and invitation to WTF and its athletes under the WTF flag.

Keep and remember these refugee athletes in your hearts and prayers this holiday season. Season’s Greetings.

Grand Master Ji Ho Choi
Pan American Taekwondo Union
Executive Council Member, WTF Executive Board Member, ACODEPA www.patu.org


Dear ETU Taekwondo Family Members and Friends,

As ETU president, it is with great pride that the WTF took a great initiative to enable refugee athletes to participate in the Olympic Games and Qualification Tournaments in line with the IOC Initiative.

As you are aware, the world and Europe in particular, is in the midst of a refugee crisis. IOC President Thomas Bach has urged all sport federations represented in the Olympic movement to offer refugee athletes, many of whom do not have official nationalities, the chance to compete in the
2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

This decision perfectly matches with the current movement of the WTF in empowering refugees and displaced persons to eventually give them hopes and dreams. In this respect, the ETU warmly welcomes refugee athletes to participate in the upcoming European Qualification Tournament under the flag of the WTF.

At a time of year when Europeans celebrate goodwill towards all men, I am pleased and proud that the ETU has taken this noteworthy, humanitarian and historic step. I know I can count on all ETU athletes, coaches and officials to warmly support the refugee athletes among us as we embark on the road to Rio.

With best regards and season’s greetings.

Sakis Pragalos, ETU President


On behalf of the European University Sports Association (EUSA), the Organising Committee of the European Universities Games Zagreb-Rijeka 2016 and the Croatian Academic Sports Federation (CASF),

we have the pleasure of inviting European university teams to participate in the

3rd European Universities Games
which will be organised in
Zagreb and Rijeka, Croatia between July 12 and 25, 2016.

The first deadline for applications has been determined as
January 15, 2016.

All relevant information is published on EUSA website www.eusa.eu and on the official website of the event www.eug2016.com.

Important Deadlines
General Entry: 15.01.2016
Quantitative Entry: 01.05.2016
Individual Entry: 01.06.2016

Event info
The Games will be held in two Croatian cities, the capital Zagreb and the coastal city of Rijeka, encompassing the event slogan Heart Believes - Mind Achieves. European Universities Games will feature competitions for men and women in 21 sports: Badminton, Basketball, Basketball 3x3, Beach Volleyball, Bridge, Chess, Football, Futsal, Golf, Handball, Judo, Karate, Rowing, Rugby 7's, Sport Climbing, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Volleyball and Water Polo. Two of the sports - Table Tennis and Swimming - will also include competitions for students with disabilities. Apart of the sports competitions, the Games will be accompanied by the Rector's Conference, educational side-events, cultural program and other activities.

Contact information
Website: http://www.eug2016.com
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rules: EUSA Rules and Regulations 2016
Registration: http://eug2016.registrations.eusa.eu
Help: Registrations quick guide 2016

We would be honoured to welcome teams from your Country!

Romania under 21.

With 291 competing athletes, 157 team officials and 40 national teams participating, the ETU Under 21 Championships were successfully ended this Sunday 22 November 2015. The Romanian Taekwondo Federation WTF gave the event the local Dracula theme and the OC spent attention to the details of the theme.


After the terrorists attacks in Paris, the French Open has been cancelled. ETU and the European Taekwondo Family expresses its sincere condoleances to the family of the victims of these terrible acts of terror.


Presidents cup Bonn.

On 11 November, ETU representatives visited the Telekom Dome in Bonn, Germany as preparation on the 2016 WTF President’s Cup. The delegation accompanied by both the DTU and NWTU board was welcomed in the plus 4,400 seats venue for a tour. The brand new venue will be ready on 7-10 April 2016 to welcome more than 1,500 cadets, juniors and seniors to compete in this amazing venue.

WTF President dr. Choue, ETU President Pragalos and Vice presidents Castellanos and Piarulli are in Lausanne to attend the IF Forum 2015. The IF Forum takes place annually and targets the specific needs of Olympic and non-Olympic International Sport Federations. The three day event consists of workshops, panel sessions and case studies with a focus on sharing best practices and knowledge between International Sport Federations. This event is only open to International Sport Federation Members, participating speakers, and event partners. On the photo President Pragalos, President Choue, dr. Wu (AIBA President), Jesus Castellanos IOC member from Syria Mr. Moudallal and Roger Piarulli.


The World Taekwondo Federation has recognized the Taekwondo Competence Center in Friedrichshafen in Germany as one of the WTF Training Facilities for International Elite Taekwondo Athletes. The recognition is for the year 2016 and will be extended each year. The TCC is world famous for the successful athletes that are trained there and deliver world class performances.

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