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At 1st E.T.U. European Championships Olympic Weight Categories

 
Turkey Wins Overall Classification at 1st ETU European Championships Olympic Weight Categories.

From 26 - 29 March, Nalchik was the hosting city of the 1st ETU European Championships Olympic weight categories. During a 4 day competition, it was Turkey who the overall classification, followed by Russia as runner up and Portugal ending on the 3rd place. This event was the last event before the best 14 European athletes will be selected for the European Games. ETU wants to thank the Russian Taekwondo Union and the Taekwondo federation of the Kabardino - Balkaria region for their hospitality.

 

On the pictures:

Traditional photo with all volunteers present in the venue with the Minister of Sport of the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria.

Traditional photo with officials and international referees, with the Minister of Sport of the Republic of Kabardino - Balkaria Traditional photo with all volunteers present in the venue, with the Minister of Sport of the Republic of Kabardino - Balkaria Ali Sagirkaya

 
Ali Sagirkaya ETU Council member showing the trophies that were won by the Turkish national team.

ETU Council member, showing the trophies that were won by the Turkish national team.

 

Chemistry between the Volunteers & International Referees

 
Chemistry between the Volunteers & International Referees.
Chemistry between the Volunteers & International Referees.

Everybody who visited an international sports event knows that sports brings people together. Also in Nalchik, new friendships were closed inside and outside the sport venue. The International Referees officiating at the 1st ETU European Championships Olympic weight categories were during their stay in Nalchik escorted by two extraordinary volunteers, Farida Nazranova and Oksana Stepanova. These two university students were day and night available for the International Referees and showed them around in the city, went on sight seeing tour with them and in the evenings gathered together in the IR hotel.

Both volunteers are talented singers and during the evenings, the IRs and Farida and Oksana sat together and sang. On the last evening, at the end of the State banket, the Referees surprised their volunteers. The IRs collected money amongst each other and bought a new guitar, a professional microphone and other useful materials for the girls as a way to thank them for their extra ordinary hospitality and support during the week. It was for everybody a great end of an extraordinary week!

On the pictures:

Up: Farida Nazranova & Oksana Stepanova and the International Referees
Down: Farida & Oksana performing Adele – Someone Like You

The first European Championships Olympic weight categories was opened on 26 March by His Excellency, Mr. Yuri Kokov, president of the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria. In the presence of the Minister of Sport of the republic, Mr. Aslanbek Khushtov, and Mr. Terekhov, President of the Russian Taekwondo Union, ETU President Pragalos held his opening speech. In total 150 athletes are competing in 4 Olympic weight categories.

 
European Championships Olympic Weight Categories E.T.U.

On the Photo from left to right:

Mr. Aslanbek Khushtov Minister of Sport
Mr. Yuri Kokov, President of the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria
E.T.U. President Pragalos and
Mr. Teherkhov, President of the Russian Taekwondo Union.

 
President of the Republic of Chechnya Awarded 6th Dan.

ETU President Pragalos and RTU president Mr. Terekhov visited the Republic of Chechnya during his visit to Russia. In the presence of a sportshall full of taekwondo fans and during a taekwondo event in Grozny, His Excellency, Mr. Ramzan Kadyrov was awarded 6th dan Kukkiwon. Mr. Pragalos and the president discussed the development of taekwondo in Chechnya and the opportunities to host an ETU event in Grozny.

 
ETU Coach License.

This week, ETU will send all ETU Coach License cards to the Member National Associations. The cards need to be shown in the future by the coaches who want to coach at G-ranking events world wide. ETU will also distribute cards during the 1st ETU European Championships Olympic weight categories in Nalchik. Please contact your federation in order to obtain your card.

 
Portugese NOC Promotes European Games in a Unique Way.

The Portuguese NOC takes an unprecedented step in promoting the inaugural European Games held in Baku from June 12-28. The Portuguese Flag will be taken on a bicycle from Lisbon to Baku, with the idea to promote the Games in all the countries it passes!

The departing day will be on 10th of April and arriving on the 10th of June on which Portugal celebrates its National Day!
More information can be found via the following LINK

Dutch Open Wrapped up In Eindhoven.

After 3 days of competition, Europe’s only G2 event wrapped up successfully. More than 1800 competitors from over 72 countries participated at this world class event. President of the Dutch Taekwondo Federation looked back satisfied and hopes to welcome even more countries and competitors in the next edition of the Dutch Open.

Two links to news items that covered the event:

Link 1, Link 2

ETU Nalchik.

The Organizing Committee of the first European Championships Olympic Weight divisions prepared the accommodation and transportation guide for the event.

You can download the guide HERE. National teams can aplly til 17 March, in each weight category maximum 2 athletes.

 
ETU Scotland Flag.

In April 2014, ETU accepted Scotland as provisional member of ETU. The outcome of the referendum in Scotland concerning its independence was part of an important benchmark in the further decision making process of ETU. The majority of the people in Scotland voted against independence and ETU had to consider its position of an independent Scottish membership within ETU. At this time it is not opportune to transform the provisional membership into associate or full membership of ETU and therefore the provisional membership status will no longer be maintained by ETU. The athletes of Scotland can participate at the Dutch Open under the flag of ETU but after this event, Scotland and its members have to work constructively together with GB Taekwondo.

 
WTF confirms suspension of Sweden

The World Taekwondo Federation confirmed on 9 March the suspension issued by ETU to the Swedish Taekwondo Federation (STF). WTF saw in the appeal of Sweden no grounds to lift the suspension which means that the Swedish federation has to comply with WTF and ETU rules and regulations concerning their statutes and governance. The Swedish athletes are as of today allowed to compete at WTF sanctioned events only under the flag of WTF and they will receive no ranking points at these events until the STF’s statutes are put into compliance.

 

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