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