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.
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.
“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.”
BTU Secretary General
“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