In a spirit of unity and fair play, the curtains of the WTE European Olympic Weight Categories Championships successfully fell in the Asics Arena in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The event that was introduced in the WTE calendar in 2015 and hosted in Nalchik, Russia, is ambitioned to introduce the taekwondo athletes to the official weight categories of Olympic Games and prepare them for the Tokyo 2020.
In total 225 athletes from 34 countries participated in the championship, with the men's participations reaching up to 124 and women to 101.
Along with the WTE event, the 6th European Para Taekwondo Championships 2017 were also held in the same arena, with 99 athletes from 21 countries, 69 in the male, and 30 in the female category.
Both championships were launched in a festive atmosphere during an opening ceremony emitting the Bulgarian culture and tradition, along with the athletes’ athletic ambitions towards a bright taekwondo career.
The Opening Ceremony was honored by the presence of the Bulgarian Minister of Sports Krassen Kralev, H.E the Ambassador of the Korean Republic in the Republic of Bulgaria Shin-Boo Nam, H.E the Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Republic of Bulgaria Nargiz Gurbanova, the World Taekwondo Europe President Sakis Pragalos, the Deputy Chairman of National Assembly Yavor Notev, the former Chairman of National Assembly Dimitar Glavchev, the President of the Bulgarian Taekwondo Federation Slavi Binev, the former President of the Bulgarian Taekwondo Federation and current WT Council Member Andrey Georgiev, the President of the Polish Taekwondo Federation Artur Chmielarz, and the Olympic Gold Medalists of London 2012 Carlo Molfetta and Joel Gonzales.
‘I welcome the promising future of our taekwondo athletes, as they are the next Olympians of the sport. I want you to compete in the spirit of fair play, participate actively and I wish you the best of success in the championship and a promising athletic career in the future of Olympic Taekwondo’ stated WTE President Sakis Pragalos.
The event was broadcasted by several national media and tv channels, while also numerous of press representatives, mainly local, covered the championships.
During the Opening Ceremony, WTE President also announced the inagural event of the WTE Multi Taekwondo Championships, that has been already agreed to be hosted in Bulgaria from the end of May 2018 to mid of June 2018, and will include from the kids to masters, all the Taekwondo styles, divisions and categories.
You may find the detailed individual results for both championships in the following links: