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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!



ETU Council member and President of GB Taekwondo has been awarded an OBE for his services to Taekwondo in The Queens New Year’s Honours List 2015.

This is the first ever such award made for taekwondo in Great Britain sport, one that gives enormous credibility to WTF Taekwondo & British Taekwondo. Mr. Tranter will be invited to Buckingham Palace very soon to the awards ceremony, which is carried out normally by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.


In February, the Turkish Taekwondo Federation will host the Taekwondo Festival 2015, staging a triple event: the 1st European Kids Championships, the 3rd European Club Championships and the Turkish Open 2015. The latter two will have G1 ranking. The events will take place in Antalya - Belek, in which superb facilities are present to both accomodate and stage this triple event.


The European Taekwondo Union opens its first regional office in Trelleborg, Sweden. Mr. Chakir Chelbat is appointed as director of the regional office. ETU's regional office will be responsible for the Scandinavian countries (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland) and will coordinate all ETU activities in that region. ETU's Headquarters remains in Athens Greece and is responsible under the leadership of ETU's Secretary-General Michael Fysentzidis for ETU's general operations and activities.

Office Adress:
Klörupsvägen 48
231 56 Trelleborg


After discussions between the Turkish Taekwondo Federation and ETU, the Turkish federation agreed to host the 1st ETU European Kids Taekwondo Championships. The event will give our youngsters the chance to compete at the highest level within Europe. More information about this event will be published swiftly.


President Besim Hasani has claimed the Paralympics


Kosovo Olympic Committee President Besim Hasani has claimed the Paralympics is his next goal following the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) unanimous decision to accept the Balkan Republic as a full member here today.

Following the decision of the IOC's ruling Executive Board to grant provisional recognition in October, the vote of the members-at-large was always a rubber-stamping more than a real challenge, but, even so, the fact not a single member objected was still a surprise.

This now means Kosovan athletes will be able to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games under their national flag, as well as join other organisation such as the Association of National Olympic Committees and compete at events like the Baku 2015 European Games.

Read More: Link

ETU’s main sponsor, Daedo International, has been selected as provider of the PSS system for the inaugural European Games, to take place on 16-19 June 2015. The company will provide the PSS including the electronic headgear system.

Based on the WTF Ranking list, date 17 March 2015, the 14 top ranked European athletes qualify for the Games. Their respective NOC has to confirm their participation to Baku 2015. One quota will be given to the host of the Games, Azerbaijan and one quota will be distributed via the so called wild card system.

For more information check: Baku 2015


ETU was informed by the Deutsche Taekwondo Union that it has cancelled the German Open 2015. At this time, the DTU has no plans to organize the event later in 2015. As soon as there is news, ETU will publish it on the website.


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