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The Olympic Wight Categories Championships is a European Taekwondo event counting only two versions since its launch in 2015. The event until now has been hosted biannually, yet the importance to the sustainable and competitive future of European Taekwondo in the
Olympic Games, have led to the decision that the championships will be carried out annually. Here are the landmarks of the event’s history and how it has evolved since its introduction four years ago.
Nalchik, Russia
The event that was introduced in the WTE calendar in 2015 and hosted in Nalchik, Russia, is ambitioned to introduce the taekwondo athletes to the official weight categories of Olympic Games and prepare them for the Tokyo 2020. The Russian Taekwondo Union hosted the 1st European Championships Olympic weight categories, in Nalchik Russia. During the four-day competition, the athletes accumulated
their last ranking points for participating at the Baku 2015 European Games. Each national team could bring maximum 2 athletes per weight category making the total number of athletes participating per national team to 16 athletes. The first European Championships Olympic weight categories was launched 26 March 2015 by the President of the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, Yuri Kokov, in the Presence of the Minister of Sport of the republic, Mr. Aslanbek Khushtov, and Mr. Terekhov, President of the Russian Taekwondo Union, while in total 150 athletes competed in four Olympic weight categories. Local communication channels and national TV was present to cover the
inaugural event hosted in Russia and to promote the sport throughout the country and the
Sofia, Bulgaria
The 2nd Olympic Weight Categories Championships was realized in Sofia, Bulgaria in December 2017. The event was hosted in Asics arena and attracted in total 225 athletes from 34 countries, with the men's participations reaching up to 124 and women to 101 participants. Among others, the Opening Ceremony was honored by the presence of the Bulgarian Minister of Sports Krassen Kralev, the Ambassador of the Korean Republic in the Republic of Bulgaria Shin-Boo Nam, the Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Republic of Bulgaria Nargiz Gurbanova and the World Taekwondo Europe President Sakis Pragalos. The event was also broadcast by several national media and tv channels, while also numerous of press representatives covered the championships.
Dublin, Ireland 
This month the capital of Dublin in Ireland becomes the third host country of the Olympic Weight Categories Championships. The event is scheduled to be realized between 29 November and 1st December 2019 and is hosted in Sports Ireland Campus; a contemporary sports facilities campus designed to facilitate a wide range of sport events and host prominent championships. The Sport Ireland Campus will accommodate the all the operations of the event and will welcome all European and international taekwondo athletes.
The inaugural Youth Olympic Weight Categories Championships.
What is more this year, is that along with the Olympic Weight Categories Championships, the Youth Olympic Weight Categories will also be launched for the first time. The decision in distinguishing the two events came as an outcome of WTE intension and strategic development objectives that are mainly focused in evolving the younger generations of athletes and introducing them in the competitive environment of taekwondo in a younger age, in order to give them the necessary time frame to evolve as athletes. Taking also into consideration that through the ranking points accumulated in such competitions they can obtain the opportunity to qualify and participate in the Youth Olympic Games, it is indeed an exclusive opportunity to acquire the unique experience of participating in such an event at this early stage of their life.
2020 Olympic & Youth Olympic Categories Championships
Looking at the future of the championship, Bosnia & Herzegovina Taekwondo Federation, in scope of developing further the sport of taekwondo within the country, but also to enhance sports events and culture nationally, has taken up the hosting of the WTE Olympic Weight Categories and Youth Olympic Weight Categories Championships. The event is planned to be carried out during 28-29 October 2020 in Sarajevo and although further information concerning the venue, along with the official outline has not been announced yet, there is great anticipation for the event in the country.
The values of determination, equality, inspiration, and courage were only some of the spirit during the Bari 2019 European Para Taekwondo Championships.
Para Taekwondo begun developing the kyorugi (sparring) discipline, and since 2013, poomsae is also being developed. The 8th version of the Para Taekwondo European Championships was hosted in 'Palaflorio' venue, in Bari, Italy.
The Parataekwondo athletes strived for excellence for one more time and gave us some remarkable examples of motivation and strength.
Enjoy their highlight moments and their efforts to the top of Europe!

     The G4 European Championships were completed successfully in Bari, Italy. The long-awaited, by all European athletes, the event was realized 1-3 November in 'Palaflorio' stadium, where almost 250 European athletes participated from overall 45 countries, including the WT Refugee Team, claiming one place to the podium and getting a little closer to the Olympic dream of participating in Tokyo 2020.

   During the first competition day on 1 November, the national teams of Turkey and Russia prevailed in women's category with 2 medals for each country. Rukiye YILDIRIM (TUR) won the gold medal in -49kg category and Selina ARGIS the silver medal in the -53 category, while Russian Tatiana KUDASHOVA won the gold in the same category and was left with the bronze medal in -49kg with Elisaveta RYADNINSKAYA. The silver medal in the same category was claimed by Ela AYDIN from Germany and the remaining bronze by Kyriaki KOUTTOUKI (CYP).

     Men's categories proved to be more diverse, with Alessandro Dell'Aquila winning the gold medal for Italy in the -58kg, followed by Ireland's favorite Jack Wooley, and Gashim MAGOMEDOV (AZE) with Jesus TORTOSA CABRERA (ESP) who remained at the 3rd place respectively.

     The champions of the category -63kg were formed by the favorite to win Jaouad ACHAB from Belgium, and Lovre BRECIC from Croatia in the second place, while on the 3rd place was Spain with Marcos CABALLERO and the new medal entry of Hungary with Levente JOZSA.

     The second competition day came with the greatest surprise of these championships, as the double Olympic Medalist Jade Jones (GBR) lost from the Turkish Irem YEMAN, leaving the first one with the silver medal of the -57kg category, followed by Raheleh ASEMANI (BEL) and Marta CALVO GOMEZ (ESP), all having participated in Rio 2016.

     In the men's divisions, the Spanish Javier PEREZ POLO reached the top and claimed the gold medal against Bradly SINDEN (GBR) who despite the odds left with the silver medal and Russian Alexey DENISENKO, along with Si Mohamed KETBI (BEL) who followed in the third place.

     In -80kg category, Anton KOTKOV (RUS) made it to the top and the gold medal, Toni KANAET from Croatia followed with the silver medal and Simone ALESSIO (ITA) with Denys VORONOVSKYI (UKR) were awarded the bronze one.

     The third and final day of the championships was completed with women's -67kg category where the favorite Lauren WILLIAMS proved the predictions true and claimed the gold medal, leaving behind the silver Magda WIET HENIN from France and Matea JELIC with Nur TATAR ASKARI from Croatia and Turkey respectively.

     One more British favorite succeeded in adding one more gold medal in her collection; Bianka WALKDEN came at the first place for one more time against Lorena BRANDL from Germany, who took the second place, while both of them left behind a pair of very skillful athletes; Turkey's Nafia KUS and Serbia's Milica MANDIC who remained at the 3rd place and took the bronze medal of the +67kg category.

      In the remaining men's division and the +80kg, Russia prevailed one more time, with was Aiukaev RAFAIL (RUS) winning the gold medal, Alexander BACHMANN (GER) the silver, and Ivan Konrad TRAJKOVIC from Slovenia with Roberto BOTTA from Italy being awarded the 3rd place and the bronze medal.


During the second day, the Opening Ceremony of the event also took place in PalaFlorio stadium, with all participating countries' tags making their entrance to the venue, as all volunteers were carrying the tags of each participating country, parading around the arena at the present of WTE officials and accompanied by an audiovisual production and a cheering crowd. 



     During the Opening Ceremony, WTE Secretary-General Michael Fysentzidis was present stating during his speech:" [...] As Taekwondo Europe, we are determined to be innovative and deliver first-class events, of which the Taekwondo Family will be proud, create positive memories, and an excellent legacy of athletes to inspire future generations to take-up, and continue to practice taekwondo at elite level. Also, allow me to warmly thank WTE Vice-President and President of the Bari 2019 Organizing Committee Angelo Cito, for delivering this prime event, and for giving us the privilege of welcoming you all from beautiful Italy; a landmark country in the history of European taekwondo and recent host of the World Taekwondo Grand Prix Series."


     Mr. Angelo Cito, President of the Italian Taekwondo Federation and also WTE Vice President mentioned in his speech while welcoming the athletes to Italy:  "[...] Taekwondo is one special sport because it is made by special people, who strongly believe in sport and in Olympic values. [...] I thank the President of WTE Sakis Pragalos and all of you for the precious work we have done all together over the years, making Europe the leading continent of this wonderful sport. I wish all of you, Athletes, Coaches, Referees to realize your dream of participating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games."







For the first year, the Youth Olympic Weight Categories European Championships will be realized this December in Dublin, Ireland.

The event is Open, therefore all clubs can participate and register their athletes.

According to the updated Competition Outline, all the athletes born in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 are eligible to participate at the Youth Olympic Weight European Championships, so the Cadet athletes who will turn into Juniors in 2020 can already
participate at the Youth Olympics


You can find the updated outline following the link below:

Updated outline YOWC2019

The Youth Olympic Weight Category European Championships Dublin 2019 will be realized on November 30 and December 1, and the event will be the first ranking event for the European Junior Ranking list and will have an E2 ranking status.
More specifically: In 2020, Junior and Cadet age categories at regular G1 events, will apply for E1 events for the ranking status. Yet, European Championships will give E2 or E4 ranking status.

The event will remain open for registration via Simply Compete until November 17.



     Born on 1st May 1956 in Germany, Dirk Jung was an elite taekwondo athlete who excelled during the late 70s and 80s, in national, European and international level. Apart from a top-class taekwondo player, he was also a monumental personality during the period that early Taekwondo history was being written in Europe.
With Head coach Mr. Park Soo Nam, Dirk had won the title of World Champion in 1982, while he was also two times European Champion (1978, 1980) and 5 consecutive times National Champion of Germany (from 1976 to 1980).
His presence in the taekwondo family will be greatly missed.
     Taekwondo Europe expresses its deepest condolences to the German Taekwondo Union, and heartfelt sympathies to the family, relatives, and friends of Dirk Jung.



The athletes must be ready 20 minutes before the games start.

Court no 1 Match 109

Court no 2 Match 209

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