ETU Humanitarian Foundation at the Balkan Taekwondo Championships

During the 18th edition of the Balkan Taekwondo Championships, held in Dupnitsa city of Bulgaria, between the 24th and 25th of September 2016, the European Taekwondo Union, represented by Mr. Apostol Constantin as Deputy Secretary General, has established efforts towards giving hope to some of the less fortunate participants of the Balkan Championships through the ETU Humanitarian Foundation.

These efforts are being held under the patronage of Mr. President Sakis Pragalos of the European Taekwondo Union and are currently represented with goods such as shirts, caps, school bags, pencils and other items for children between the ages of 10 and 12.

 The particular program presented at the Balkan Taekwondo Championships under the ETU Humaniatarian Foundation sigil is named „Back to school 2016” and we believe it is a step forward in connecting sports with education with the purpose of providing more chances to the next generation of competitors to build themselves up better and ultimately achieve the goal which stands as our motto: „Serving life through sport”.

We hope that our activity will inspire others as we have been inspired by Mr. President Chungwon Choue and his earlier efforts in the humanitarian field. We also hope that our program will become shared by all of our Taekwondo WTF members and that, hand in hand, we will be able to work toward promoting better charity activities around the world.

said Mr. Apostol for the BTU Report.

Balkan Taekwondo Championships 2016

The beautiful city of Dupnitsa, in Bulgaria was the host of the 18th edition of the Balkan Taekwondo Championships for two competition days on the 24th and 25th of September 2016.

With 9 countries from the Balkan region being present and over 500 competitors for both kyorugi and poomsae, the event was clearly a successful one as Mr. Ivan Banchevski as Vice-President and Mr. Apostol Constantin as Secretary General of the Balkan Taekwondo Union oversaw the progess in both organization and competition management.

The winner of this year’s Balkan Taekwondo Championships and first place country was Serbia, followed by Bulgaria and, on the third place, Turkey. Romania ended up on the 4th place, followed by the National Team of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Albania and finishing up with Moldova and Montenegro.

We area very pleased with how everything turned out and with the quality of the organization skills of the Bulgarian Taekwondo Federation and we hope to see everyone and more next year at the Balkan Taekwondo Championships.28

Bosnia Open 2015

Bosnia and Herzegovina are about to host their first G1 tournament on the 31st of January 2015. After several years of successful competition organization on the International level, time has come for Bosnia and Herzegovina to have their own G1 Tournament.

European Kids Championship

In 2015, the Turkish Taekwondo Federation will play host to a number of events, none more interesting than the first edition of the European Kids Taekwondo Championship, set to take place between the 7th and 8th of February in Antalya.

We are most pleased with a competition of this level being brought to the young level of competitors which make-up the kids categories and we are sure that competing at this level will only strengthen the bond that our young participants feel towards both the sport of Taekwondo and it’s spiritual values.

Greece Open G1 Tournament

The first G1 Tournament to feature electronic head gear has been held in Greece, between the 16th and 18th of January. The Organizing Commitee of the Hellenic Taekwondo Federation lead by Mr. Christos Manolis put their best foot forward towards ensuring that every possible effort is made for a successful tournament of the highest technical level.

Also we salute the decision being taken to allow juniors and cadets to participate in this event with the participation fee reduced to 50 euros in lue of the current financial crysis, to ensure that more competitors have a chance to be present at this great event, in hopes of motivating their dreams of becoming elite competitors.

Updates to the BTU

During the 2013 Balkan Taekwondo Championship, held in the beautiful city of Bar, Montenegro, a well balanced environment, seasoned with officials, competitors and friends from all over the Balkans, the BTU General Assembly has taken place, highlighting the 2014 proposed competitional calendar, including it’s flagship event, the Balkan Taekwondo Championship, 16th edition.

Slovenia has been approved to host the event. Among the updates from the BTU General Assembly, we bring you the official line-up voted in charge of the BTU:

President: Dr. Metin Sahin
Vice-President: Ivan Banchevsky
Vice-President: Zoran Cendic
Secretary General: Constantin Apostol
Treasurer: Nikola Gagic
Technical Director: Kristijan Kovacic
Referee Committee Director: Miroslav Brezan

Also, having been voted unanimously by all members, the BTU Council has ratified the member status awarded by the ETU and WTF towards Kosovo, and as a result, the Balkan Taekwondo Union now recognizes its 13th member country.

Taekwondo reconfirmed as an Olympic sport

The 125th IOC Session announced today from the Hilton Hotel in Buenos Aires that the IOC Executive Board’s recommendation to keep Taekwondo and 24 other core sports in the Olympic program has been approved by the members of the International Olympic Committee.

World Taekwondo Federation President, Chungwon Choue, expressed his gratitude to the IOC:

“I was delighted that the IOC decided to keep 25 core sports in the Olympic program following the Session this morning in Argentina. We at the World Taekwondo Federation are very grateful for the continued guidance and support we receive from the Olympic Family.”

Last year, the WTF expanded its membership to 205 nations and territories across all five Olympic continents. This year, the Federation celebrated its 40th anniversary and it will continue to develop and promote Taekwondo and spread the Olympic values around the world.


The BTU Report

“As an organisation, see the Balkan Taekwondo Union represents every means of promoting our ideals, the very item that embodies the great sport of Taekwondo.

We, as a whole, believe that the cooperation between the member countries of the BTU is crucial to the well being and not only the future of this sport, but also the growth of the Balkan region in all aspects relevant.”

Constantin Apostol
BTU Secretary General

With arms wide open

“Going into 2012 with our arms wide open, ready to embrace the future of this Olympic sport and that of the rise in quality, sportsmanship and popularity of Taekwondo in the Balkan region, we are most proud of the positive impact that the Balkan Taekwondo Union has had over our beloved sport and we hope to achieve more every year.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish the best of luck to all of the BTU members at the European Qualification Tournament in Kazan, for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.”

Dr. Metin Sahin
Balkan Taekwondo Union