In June 2016 ETU Council Member, Mr. Evgeny Klyuchnikov welcomed RTU President Mr. Anatoly Terekhov and ETU delegation with the head of it President Sakis Paragalos in Ulyanovsk, Russia. The Government signed an assignment with ETU to open ETU Para Taekwondo Representative office in the city. The parties collaborated to host European Para Taekwondo Championships together with Russian Taekwondo Cup in the huge modern Ice Palace “Volga-Sport-Arena”.
The idea was to organize both event at the same time on 5 mats in order to promote and develop para taekwondo through taekwondo. Unfortunately, Russian Paralympic Committee has lost its IPC members and European Para Taekwondo Championships has been moved to Minsk, Belarus.
Therefore, ETU Council Member Mr. Evgeny Klyuchnikov and Government of Ulyanovsk region have decided to host Russian Taekwondo Cup fulfilling international taekwondo requirements.
So, 42 regions of Russia with 400 athletes came to Ulyanovsk to compete on 5 mats in one of the biggest and newest venue in Russia in the presence of 5000 spectators! Especially for the opening ceremony 100 athletes of Ulyanovsk demonstration team prepared performance together with Chelyabinsk demonstration team, involved in World Taekwondo Championships Russia 2015.
ETU Council member, Mr. Evgeny Klyuchnikov says: “For the moment, I’m sure that Ulyanovsk is ready to host any international taekwondo and para taekwondo evens, and I’m confident that it will be held on the high organizational level.”