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Sweden Suspended as Member of ETU


The Swedish Taekondo Federation has been in violation of the WTF and ETU Statutes. At the time ETU was informed about this situation, the federation was requested to make the necessary changes to the statutes. However, after some months, no change had been made. Therefore, ETU started judicial procedures against the federation.

First, a Sanctions Committee ruled on the case and decided for the STF to be suspended. The federation appealed to this decision, and asked not for suspension, but for demoted membership, which means a punishment, but less severe than the suspension punishment. By doing this, the federation agreed with the findings of the Committee, but disagreed with the sanction. To rule on the appeal, ETU appointed an Investigations Committee and this committee is the organ to advise the Appeal Committee.

Based on the report of the Investigations Committee, the Appeal Committee upheld the decision and denied the appeal. Therefore, the Swedish Taekwondo Federation is suspended as member of ETU.

This decision means that the athletes of the Swedish Taekwondo Federation are no longer allowed to compete at events in Europe. All members of ETU are informed of the decision and are urged to upheld this decision upheld within the federation and within events that take place in the federations.


The ETU Council is convening on 28 January in the ETU Headquarters in Athens. Already some Council members arrived in Athens and visited the office. WTF Council member and ETU Executive Council member Michel Madar(Israel) arrived on 26 January and had fruitful discussions with President Pragalos. Also Treasurer Fred Buitenhuis (Netherlands) and Council member Lesik Samandziya (Ukraine) are already in Athens. Secretary-General Michael Fyzentzidis elaborates on the meeting: “This meeting will decide which country will host the European Qualification Tournament for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Also, the WTF has made a decision on the Belgian case which will be discussed by the Council. The President will brief the Council on the MoU with Kukkiwon and we will evaluate the work of our Committees”.


The ETU President, its Council members and all Taekwondo Family in Europe wish General Fouly, President of the African Taekwondo Union, the best of luck during his medical treatment in Germany! We all hope you recover well and hope you can join us soon again during our Taekwondo events!


GB Taekwondo hosts together with ETU the ETU Coach seminar in Doncaster, UK. The 2 day seminar allows UK coaches and coaches from the region to participate at the seminar and obtain a 2 Year license to coach at all G-ranked events.


The first ETU Coach seminar of 2015 was organized in Thessaloniki, Greece. The course was attended by enthusiastic coaches and under the supervision of Mr. Chakir Chelbat and Mr. Philippe Bouedo, they successfully concluded the seminar. The seminar gives them the ETU Coach license and 2 year access as coach to G-Ranking events.


The European Taekwondo Union (ETU) is pleased to announce the signage of MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the Hellenic Union of Licensed Taekwondo Trainers (HULTT) which is the oldest association of the Olympic Sport of Taekwondo in Greece, approved by Greek law (no. 8374/2001 Court approval) and the only one recognized by the Hellenic Taekwondo Federation.

The MoU was signed on Wednesday, January 21th 2015 at the ETU’s headquarters in Athens, Greece, among the ETU Secretary General, Mr. Michalis Fysentzidis and the HULTT President and Head Coach of the Greek National Teams, Mr. Theodoros Zinelis. During the ceremony there where present, the President of the Hellenic Taekwondo Federation, Mr. Nikolaos Thomaidis, the General Secretary of HULTT and Bronze Olympic medalist (Barcelona 1992) Mrs. Morfo Drosidou, the Chairman of the Technical Committee of the Hellenic Taekwondo Federation, Mr. Antonis Pappas and the President of the Hellenic South Region Taekwondo Union, Mr. Gerasimos Karadaglis.

Among other issues, the following where decided jointly:

• The establishment of annual scholarships to the new appointed Taekwondo Trainers

• The establishment of annual European Distinction/Diplomas to Greek Trainers

• The conduction of scientific conferences, seminars, workshops and conferences

• The accomplice of joint actions, along with other sports bodies for the spread of the Olympic spirit and values of authentic athletic ideal.


The German Taekwondo Union (DTU) honored Mr. Heinz Gruber as honorary president of the federation. Mr. Gruber was for year president of the German Taekwondo Federation and has done tremendous work for taekwondo in Germany as well as Europe and the world. ETU congratulates Mr. Gruber and his wife with this special honorary award.


ETU President Sakis Pragalos and ETU - WTF Referee Chairman Chakir Chelbat met dr. Chungwon Choue, president of WTF and prof. Yang, chairman of the WTF Technical Committee. During the constructive meeting the plans for the new year were discussed and both organizations agreed to further broaden the scope of their cooperation. As 2015 is an important pre-Olympic year, with multiple high level events, close cooperation with WTF is an important priority for ETU.


ETU President Pragalos signed an MoU with Kukkiwon Taekwondo Headquarters. The MoU entails cooperation between the two organizations in the field of Poom/Dan Promotion tests, education of instructors in Europe as well as Hanmadang Festivals in Europe. The signing of the MoU marks the beginning of an extensive cooperation and ETU is convinced this MoU will benefit the members in Europe.


Ladies & Gentlemen,

First of all, I would like to wish all members of the Global Taekwondo Family a prosperous, happy and above all healthy New Year!

Looking back at 2014, I can only conclude that time flies! The event calendar was also this year full. I am very pleased that the WTF Council agreed with the event schedule in which we all have to plan our events in advance and in a particular time frame. This will help us a lot to organize our events better and will eventually benefit our athletes! In 2014, ETU’s Member National Associations organized a record number of G-ranking events throughout Europe! These events are becoming more professional each year and allow our athletes to compete at the highest level, preparing them for successful participation at European and World Championships.

In May of the last year, Azerbaijan hosted the European Senior Championships. For the first time in the history of ETU, these championships were live broadcasted on TV and in close cooperation with the European Broadcasting Union, the live feed was available worldwide! In the future, ETU will continue to work on the possibility to make taekwondo available on the TVs of million of people.

The operations of the ETU Office in Athens were very successful under the leadership of ETU Secretary-General Michail Fysentzidis. The office was available for questions from our members, organized multiple ETU events and played a crucial role in the success of the ETU operations in 2014. Several ETU Council members visited the office in Athens and multiple meetings were organized in the new offices.

With only one year to go to the next Olympics, 2015 will be a crucial year for our athletes to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. ETU and its officials and staff will do their utmost to facilitate our athletes in their road to Rio. The event calendar of 2015 is already full with crucial G-ranking events and several ETU events have been planned already. The ETU Coach seminar courses will be executed also in 2015 and the WTF GAL license will be mandatory for all G-ranking events in 2015. ETU will continue to work closely with WTF and other Continental Unions for the future development of taekwondo!

Finally, I would like to thank in particular president Choue for his inspirational leadership. In addition, I would like to thank all ETU Council members, staff, volunteers, referees, organizers and those who spend their time on contributing to our beloved sport taekwondo! Without your valued and committed contribution, none of the events and activities that took place in the past and will take place in the future could take please. Thank you for your contribution!



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