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     On 22 and 23 June 2019, the Executive Board (EB) of Taekwondo Europe met in Athens to discuss an extensive agenda covering various subjects. The EB agreed on awarding the 2022 European Senior Championships to Great Britain, decided to give the quota’s that athletes can win at the different Taekwondo Europe events back to the MNAs and to introduce the Annual Taekwondo Europe Awards. Besides that, the EB unanimously supported the policy proposal to focus more on our youth: Generation 24.


      During the 2-day meeting, President Pragalos and Secretary Fysentzidis met with the Vice-presidents, Honorary President and the Treasurers of Taekwondo Europe. At the meeting decisions were taken as well as proposals approved to be decided by Taekwondo Europe’s Council in their November meeting.


Quota’s back to the federation

      The MNAs (federations) decided last month to approve a revision of the quota allocation system, reducing the number of quotas up for grabs at the Presidents Cup, European Club Championships and Multi European Games. The EB decided that the obtained quota goes to the MNAs meaning that the MNA has to approve the participation of the athlete that obtained the quota. If the MNA does not select the athlete for whatever reason, the athlete has the right to appeal this decision directly to Taekwondo Europe and thus challenging the contested decision of the MNA at the level of Taekwondo Europe. For this process, rules and regulations will be presented during the November meetings.


Small countries: a new organization under the umbrella of Taekwondo Europe

      President of World Taekwondo, Dr. Chungwon Choue, suggested and initiated the foundation of a new organization under Taekwondo Europe: Small States Taekwondo Union (SSTU). President Pragalos appointed Mr. Phivos Christou (Cyprus) as its first President and Mr. Norbert Welu (Luxemburg) as its first Secretary-General. The SSTU will organize Championships for the Small States of Europe and open a lobby to include Taekwondo in the Games of the Small States of Europe which takes place every 2 years. The following countries are included: Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro and San Marino. Currently, Liechtenstein is not yet a member of Taekwondo Europe, but together with the Lausanne WT Office, Taekwondo Europe will explore possibilities to become a member.


Fred Buitenhuis: appointed as deputy President

      Vice-president Fred Buitenhuis (Netherlands) was appointed by President Sakis Pragalos as deputy President. Mr. Buitenhuis has been a well-known official within the European Taekwondo Family and is also known as the President of the Dutch Taekwondo Federation, a position which he holds for more than 10 years. As deputy President, Mr. Buitenhuis will represent the President on occasions, wherever the President cannot represent Taekwondo Europe.


Calendar planning and promotion

      To optimize the event Calendar, the EB approved a structure as shown in below infographic. Each Taekwondo Europe event preferably gets organized in a specific recurrent (bi)annual timeframe. A new approved feature is to use the Taekwondo Europe Calendar also for other European events.

Next to that, G1 events (and other events) have the opportunity to contracting Taekwondo Europe’s partners Taekwondo Aktuell for event promotion and coverage and Firmavideo (www.firmavideo.ee) for event promotion and highlight videos. Finally, Taekwondo Europe will soon open its Webshop (www.wteshop.eu) on which Taekwondo Europe branded products will be sold. But also, MNA’s will have the opportunity to bulk order products with their own logo shown.


Generation 24: new policy for our youth!

      The EB unanimously agreed to propose to the Council the Generation 24 policy plan. This plan entails a few measures that all have the aim of maintaining Europe’s leading position in the world, with ‘24’ referring to the Paris 2024 Olympics.

First, the introduction of monthly European Ranking lists for Cadets and Juniors as per 2020 was proposed. SimplyCompete, the company that currently provides the monthly WT Senior Ranking lists is committed to do the same for the European Cadets and Junior athletes. Second, the start of a new event cycle – Generation 24 – aimed at Kids and Cadets, the Olympic medal winners of the future.

For this event cycle, Europe has been divided in 6 regions. Medal winners within each region will fight at a Grand Finale event to be crowned Europe’s best Cadet or Kid athlete. And finally, the Generation 24 policy entails a Regional Empowerment program which sees on empowering those MNAs that had no or a limited number of Olympic athletes in the past. By organizing targeted Training Camps, education for coaches and other activities, the aim is to empower those countries that need it.

Other new initiatives

      Referee Chairman, Mr. Chakir Chelbat presented the functionalities of the www.tkdreferee.com website. Certified WT recognized International Referees can register themselves and apply for participation as IR at events. The tool is not only applicable for Taekwondo Europe sanctioned events, but the service is also offered to European G1 events and for that purpose, tool will be used as per 2020. The OCs of the G1/G2 events will receive a Referee list from Taekwondo Europe from which they can select the International Referees for their event.

      Games Chairman, Mr. Ali Sagirkaya presented the risks and dangers of rapid weight loss of our Kids and Cadet athletes. He discussed the idea of introducing height divisions combined with healthy range of BMI in order to prevent rapid weight loss and endangering our youth and create a healthier approach of weight management. He also passionately argued for more education for coaches and parents on the subject. The EB applauded his contribution and will look at implementation opportunities.

       As from 2020, Taekwondo Europe will organize the Annual Taekwondo Europe Awards. Nominees for the awards are selected by the Taekwondo Europe Academy on the basis of Field of Play performance (results) and behavior l outside the Field of Play. An International Jury, chaired by Secretary-General Fysentzidis, consisting of one representative of the athletes, coaches, MNA Presidents, Council members, International Referees and retired Olympians Awards will decide which nominee will be awarded. Next to best Male and best Female athlete in Kyurugi, Poomsae and Para Taekwondo, the Rising Star Award, Women of the Year Award and Life Time Achievement Award will be introduced. The Dr. Sun Jae Park Award will be awarded to the European International Referee that follows the values of the Taekwondo Europe’s Honorary President, the late dr. Sun Jae Park: fairness, integrity, dignity and courtesy. To involve our fans more, the Best Fan award will be introduced for the fan that involves Taekwondo Europe and our athletes in his/her social media activities.  

      The Education and Coach department proposed to award Olympic coaches that coached European athletes towards an Olympic medal. Those coaches that coached Olympic gold medalists are awarded with a lifetime European Coach Licence. Those coaches that supported silver and bronze Olympic medalists are awarded with a 4-year European Coach Licence.

      The Poomsae Committee proposed to introduce a new additional Poomsae competition method in which the aim is not to achieve an individual result but together as a team of athletes, pairs and 3-team, basically a mixture of divisions. The EB approved the rules for this event and a test event will be organized within the next few months.




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