The upcoming G-Ranking ETU European Olympic Categories Championships will be realized in Minsk, Belarus between 7-9 September 2017 at the ‘Minsk Sports Palace’ venue, very well-known for all the prime sporting events that it has hosted in the past.
The President of the Belarusian Taekwondo Federation Siarhei Huruliou conducted a meeting with the Vice-President of the European Taekwondo Union Fred Buitehuis upon the contract agreement for the realization of the event.
The ETU Delegation represented by the ETU Vice President Fred Buitehuis, ETU Legal Councilor Kenneth Schunken, ETU TV Committee Chairwoman Effie Zikouli, in a series of meetings conducted until the final agreement on the Championships hosting, initially met with Siarhei Pranovich, General Manager of Minsk Sports Palace, afterwards with Aleksandr Shamko, Minister of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus and finally with Anatoly Kotau, Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus. Continuing the delegation schedule, at the meeting with Siarhei Huruliou, President of the Belarusian Taekwondo Federation, ETU proceeded to the signing of the host agreement of the ETU European Taekwondo Olympic Weight Categories Championships.
The Minister of Sports Alexander Shamko assured that the tournament will be organized at the highest level and all necessary operations and procedures will be followed. “The hosting of the championship among the athletes with disabilities was discussed with the representatives of the Belarusian Paralympic Committee. Belarus agreed to host the tournament which will be held as part of the main competitions,” Alexander Shamko said.
On the occasion, the President of the Belarusian Taekwondo Federation Siarhei Huruliou stated: “Today’s meeting is of primal significance for the Belarusian Taekwondo Federation and as an extension, for the whole country itself. I hereby reassure, that the ETU European Taekwondo Olympic Weight Categories Championships that will be realized in Minsk will be of high quality and of the highest sporting standards.”
The Republic of Belarus which will host the outstanding number of eighty (80) international sporting events until 2019, it has been already officially announced as the host country of the European Games Minsk 2019.
During the meeting, one of the questions that bilaterally came up, was the time of the announcement of the sport of Taekwondo as one of the official competing sports in the European Games Minsk 2019.
On the occasion, ETU Vice-President Fred Buitenhuis stated : "The European Taekwondo Union made a excellent choice to entrust the European Championships the capital of Belarus. Without doubt, having free access to a visa, is very important for all the athletes and teams and for the visitors who want to support their favorite athletes. We should not forget that Taekwondo was the first sport officially announced as part of the European Games in Baku 2015. The European Taekwondo will not just participate in the European Games in Minsk during 2019; it will make sure to enter in standards of evolution, growth and hopefully will include the Poomsae competitions as well, always under the constitutional regulations given by WTF."
Along with the ETU Olympic Categories Championships, the 6th European Para Taekwondo Open Championships for seniors will also take place in Minsk during the same days. For the occasion, during the meeting were also present the Vice-President of the European Para Taekwondo Union, ETU Council Member Evgeny Klyuchnikov and EPTU Executive Director, ETU President Assistant Vlada Latysheva.
Vice-President of the European Para Taekwondo Union, Mr. Evgeny Klyuchnikov stated: “I would like to thank the ETU Presiden Sakis Pragalos for his contribution towards giving to the public the chance to get to know and familiarize further with the sport of Para Taekwondo.”