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This weekend, poomsae coaches from throughout Europe travelled to Athens to attend the poomsae coach seminar. Grandmaster Ik-Pil Kang was the instructor of the seminar and the responses of the attendees were very positive. Chairman of the ETU Poomsae Committee, Mr. Park Soo-Nam was also present and shared his views on poomsae with the leadership of ETU. This seminar provides the poomsae coaches with a license which will be mandatory for all poomsae and kyurugi coaches as of January 2015.

The Swedish Taekwondo Federation has been suspended as member of ETU. According to WTF and ETU rules and regulations, appeal to decision is possible. In the case of Sweden, the federation appealed to the decision of the ETU Executive Council. For this reason, ETU decided that the athletes of the Swedish Taekwondo Federation are allowed to participate at all ETU championships and ETU sanctioned and promoted events for the duration of the appeal.

The 16th edition of the Balkan Taekwondo Championships have taken place between the 10th and 12th of October in Maribor, Slovenia. The event has gathered approximately 470 participants from 11 countries.

Besides the regular kyorugi and poomsae competitions, this flagship event of the Balkan Taekwondo Union has now taken to new heights with the official debut of the explosive 2 VS 2 segment putting together for the first time, 4 competitors on the same surface at the same time, using electronic competition gear.

With the efforts of the Romanian Taekwondo WTF Federation President, Mr. Apostol Constantin, and the support of the European Taekwondo Union and Balkan Taekwondo Union in promoting this new and exciting competition type,2 VS 2 has already confirmed popularity,as the event has been streamed and presented by the Slovenian National Television and Canal TV after already taking to the hearts,of spectators and competitorsalike in the Tabor Sports Hall in Maribor.


The Italian Taekwondo Federation hosted the ETU Coach seminar last weekend in Italy. A large number of Italian coaches was instructed on the latest WTF competition rules and other aspects of coaching at high level championships. The coaches who successfully concluded the seminar obtain a 2 year license to coach at all ETU championships and ETU sanctioned and promoted events.


Medical Committee Vice Chairman

Dear Dr. Flotti,

With great pleasure I appoint you as Vice-chairman of the ETU Medical Committee. I will inform Chairman Dr. Frank Dueren of your appointment. You are expected to attend the meetings of the medical staff during ETU Championships. This meeting, preferably takes place on the same day of the Head of Team meeting. ETU will provide for the meeting rooms and will announce the meeting in the official program of the event.


Download the letter of Appointmet Here.


Honorary Chairman of Expansion Committee

ETU President Mr Athanasios Pragalos was Appointment Honorary Chairman of Expansion Committee. It will take place in Manchester on Oct. 24 - 26, 2014. Read the whole invitation from the president of WTF here.


From 5 - 7 September, Corfu Island was the middle point of ETU while the ETU Coach Seminar was underway. The seminar is intended to further educate the coaches in Europe and providing them with the latest information on the competition rules.But also questions and discussions which normally cannot be held during the head of team meetings at championships are now possible.

It is a platform for discussion and knowledge sharing. But also for making new friends and sharing best practices ETU is aiming high: staying the best achieving region of WTF is its goal! The course is being taught by WTF and ETU¹s Referee Chairman, Mr. Chakir Chelbat, WTF and ETU¹s Games Chairman, Mr. Philippe Bouedo and Medical Doctor, Dr. Ionannis Theodorakis.


Asia Europe Big Success!

The Asian Taekwondo Union in cooperation with the Chinese Taekwondo Association hosted the 2nd Intercontinental Championships in Shenzhen, China, from 15 - 18 November. The event was being held in one of Shenzhen’s most prestigious sport centers. Team ETU was leaded by the Italian and Russian head coaches. The competition methods were twofold, first was started with the Olympic weight categories, and individual fights took place between ETU and ATU. In the afternoon, tag-team competition followed. First 5 players fought each one minute with their opponent. After those 5 minutes, another 5 minutes of competition followed, but now the coaches could decide themselves who could enter the competition area. This kind of competition is very exited to see and the public went ballistic when both teams were closing in on each other. It was a perfectly organized event and ETU wishes to thank the ATU and Chinese Taekwondo Association for its excellent hosting. Also ETU wishes to thank all players and expresses a special word of thanks to our members France, Greece, Russia, Italy, United Kingdom and all people involved who made an effort to make TEAM ETU possible! Thank you so much for your support!

During the weekend of 22-24 November, Dr. Chungwon Choue visited Athens to attend the General Assembly of the International Paralympic Committee. He visited the newly opened ETU office in the city center of Athens. ETU president Pragalos and Secretary-General Michailis Fysentzidis welcomed Dr. Choue in the sunny Athens. The office is equipped with one office for the ETU president, one office for the Secretary-General and two staff officers. In the lobby, portraits of ETU’s Olympic gold medallists are shown. Furthermore, ETU had made a map with all its members inside and the year of affiliation to ETU.

Dr. Choue was impressed by the new office and expressed his appreciation for all the work that is being done by ETU. During the visit, ETU officials and Dr. Choue discussed the future of Taekwondo in Europe and the ETU leadership expressed their continuing support to WTF and to Dr. Choue. This weekend WTF had a meeting with the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA). After fruitful consultations, WTF and IBSA signed a MOU on mutual cooperation. During the next World Para Taekwondo Championships, Poomsae for blind athletes will be included in the program. Furthermore, the World Taekwondo Federation is working hard to make sure Taekwondo will be included in the 2020 Paralympic program. The next important event will be the World Para Taekwondo Championships, in which WTF will strive to have 40 Member National Associations participating at the event. ETU will support this goal and tries to make sure at least 30 national teams from the European continent will participate at this event.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the European Taekwondo Union (ETU) have formed a partnership covering the global multiplatform media rights, services and distribution of the ETU Taekwondo Senior European Championships.

This agreement will guarantee maximum exposure for the Olympic sport of Taekwondo, and the widest possible distribution via the EUROVISION Network. In May 2014 the ETU Taekwondo Senior European Championships will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, with live content for the finals being offered to broadcasters around the world. This EBU - ETU cooperation will furthermore explore new ways of presenting Taekwondo via new media platforms to bring the sport greater visibility worldwide.

ETU President Athanasios Pragalos highlighted the importance of the partnership:

"Our cooperation with the EBU and EUROVISION is, for the ETU, a giant step forward. If we succeed in broadcasting our European Taekwondo Championships within the European continent and even beyond, I am convinced our sport will grow. Taekwondo is a sport for all – young, old, para athletes, whether elite or recreational. As an Olympic sport, the possibilities are unlimited, and we are grateful that the EBU will be our partner for the years to come."

EBU Head of Indoor Sports Ingolfur Hannesson said: “We are delighted to have created this opportunity to work with the ETU on the development of the Olympic sport of Taekwondo.  This cooperation potentially sets a benchmark for partnerships with other small and medium-sized federations, where the multi-services and tailor-made approach of the EBU and EUROVISION fits the differing needs of clients.”


Picture insert (left to right): Effie Zikouli, ETU Media Consultant / Ingolfur Hannesson,

EBU Head of Indoor Sports / Athanasios Pragalos, ETU President / Beatriz Pastor y Puga,

EBU Senior Sports Rights Manager / Kenneth Schunken, ETU Deputy Secretary General /

Antonio Barbarino, ETU Public Relations


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