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Knight of the Republic


Angelo Cito, Secretary-General of the Italian Taekwondo Federation, FITA, was honored today from the President of the Italian Republic, Mr. Napolitano. He was nominated: "Cavaliere dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana" or "Knight". The President, on a proposal from the Prime Minister, Mr. Renzi, and after consulting with the Council, confirmed that the Honour and the title of Knight were awarded to Angelo Cito, Secretary-General of FITA.

ETU family congratulates him for his nomination and wishes him the best!


The 'Rheinische Post' a German based newspaper wrote an article about the ETU Coach seminar in Dusseldorf which was visited by more than 150 coaches form 15 countries. In addition, ETU President Pragalos and Treasurer Buitenhuis visited a venue which could well be used for the European Qualification Tournament for the 2016 Rio Olympics. The city of Dusseldorf might turn out to be a serious candidate, outranking other possible host countries. Some of them might offer a higher hosting fee, however, Dusseldorf has to offer a wide range of pro’s, like the International Airport Dusseldorf, an amazing city of Dusseldorf and some of the best hotels of the world.


With Woosuk University


ETU President Sakis Pragalos signed a bilateral agreement with Woosuk University in Jeon Ju City, Republic of Korea. During his visit in Korea, President Pragalos had meetings with the president of the university, Mr. Kim Wing Kwon. Both organizations agreed to mutual assistance and cooperation for the research and improved education environment tailored to develop the scientific understanding and new contents of Taekwondo.


President Mr. Giovanni Malago visits ETU Seminar

Mr. Giovanni Malago visited the ETU coach seminar in Rome, Italy.
The 3 day coach license seminar kicked off yesterday. Also Olympic gold medalist Carlo Molfetta and the Italian national coach attended the seminar in Rome.

For the second time in only 2 months, the ETU Coach Seminar kicked off! A total number exceeding 300 coaches participated at the seminar. The Opening Ceremony was conducted in the Hall of Honor of the National Olympic Committee (CONI) of Italy in Rome. Secretary-General of the Italian Taekwondo Federation (FITA) and also Chairman of the Technical Committee and Council member of ETU, Mr. Angelo Cito again did an outstanding job in hosting the seminar. ETU’s Chairmen of the Referees and Games Committee, Mr. Chakir Chelbat and Mr. Philippe Bouedo are teaching this 3-day course which will allow the attendees to coach at all WTF and ETU sanctioned events for 2 years. The obtained license will give them


ETU wishes to thank the president of FITA and WTF Vice President, Dr. Sun-Jae Park and Mr. Angelo Cito for all their work. The organization and hosting of the ETU Coach seminar is an example of how ETU wants to organize these events in the different member states of ETU. Countries who are interested in hosting the ETU Coach seminar are requested to contact the ETU office at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In This Photo:

Grandmaster Young Ghil Park, chairman of the WTF Poomsae Committee
Mr. Chakir Chelbat
Philippe Bouedo.


Working on European Deaf Championships


In June 2015, the ICSD will organize the European Deaf Martial Arts Championships in Bulgaria. The Bulgarian Taekwondo Federation is working closely together with the ICSD and WTF to make sure the taekwondo event will be of the highest standards! ETU is very happy to see that the federation is working hard on this issue and ETU fully supports this initiative. All participants at this event need to have the WTF GAL in order to participate.

Today the first day of the ETU Coach Seminar kicked off in Dusseldorf (Germany). The seminar is visited by many coaches from Netherlands and Germany but also other European nations. The coach license will be mandatory as off 2015 for all coaches who want to coach at ETU championships and ETU sanctioned events as G-ranking events. The seminar will take 3 days and the coaches will be updated about the new WTF competition rules which will be effective as of 1 January 2015. In addition, the subject of first aid and the new WTF medical code will be discussed.


Pre Ticket Sales!


The ticket page of the Baku 2015 European Games has opened. You can register now and receive the news letter and be regularly informed about news. You can pre register and make sure you will have the best seats of the house. Please see for more information the following link:

Pre-Ticket Sales Link

Manchester Great Britain


ETU President Sakis Pragalos presents the awards and price money during the awarding ceremony of the male - 80 kg division.The WTF Grand Prix took place on 24-26 Oktober in Manchester Great Britain and valuable points for the WTF Ranking list could be won at this event. Only the best athletes on the ranking list were able to participate at this high prestige event. During the WTF Grand Prix events, the winners take 5000 US$, the runner up (2nd place) take 3000 US$ and the third places win 1000 US$...

Today, ETU president Sakis Pragalos appointed Mr. Michel Madar as member of the Executive Coucil of ETU. Mr. Madar is currently WTF Council member and ex-officio Council member of ETU. The appointment is effective immediately and ends on the election day at the General Assembly in 2017.

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