16 January, 2016. Istanbul, Turkey. At 12:00 WOW Hotel Congress Center gathers ETU Council members, who also came to Turkey for the European Qualification Tournament 2016 for the XXXI Olympiad.
16 January, 2016. Istanbul, Turkey. At 12:00 WOW Hotel Congress Center gathers ETU Council members, who also came to Turkey for the European Qualification Tournament 2016 for the XXXI Olympiad. The qualification tournament in Europe was the first in a year. ETU and Turkish Taekwondo Federation were honored to welcome World Taekwondo Federation President Dr. Choue in Istanbul, Turkey.
WTF President personally attended the ETU meeting, congratulated with qualified for the Olympiad athletes and wished good luck at European Qualification Tournament 2016 for the XXXI Olympiad. Dr. Choue also mentioned the most significant moments of the 2015 year. One of the most memorable and joyful news for Paralympic movement was the including of para-taekwondo to Paralympic Program Tokyo 2020 and that WTF became finally a full member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). WTF President also expressed his thanks to Europe for its forever support and friendship.
During the meetingETU Council discussed the questions concerning the WTF Recognized Equipment List, WTF National Federation Survey 2016 Pilot and IOC Guidelines Regarding Taekwondo at Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
A separate question was about refugee athletes participating at EQT 2016 and the new WTF online (event) Registration system (Hangastar)which became mandatory for all WTF G Ranked tournaments as of January 1st 2016.
ETU Council approved the list of G1 ranking events in 2016 year and, in particular, discussed WTF President’s Cup, which will take place in Bonn, Germany on 7 April, 2016 and will gather about 2000 of participants. European taekwondo Championships will be organized in Switzerland, Montreuxon 19 May, 2016 where ETU will celebrate its 40 years. European Para-taekwondo Championships are set to be held on 18 September 2016 in Poland, Warsaw at the same time with G1 Polish Open 2016.
One more big deal is contract between ETU and EBU. Annual contract with a four (4) year automatic renewal. This contract provides to EBU all the media rights of ETU events (major), in all formats of moving images (TV, web, cable, etc.). In 2016, there are two (2) major events, the European Qualification Tournament and the European Taekwondo Championship inMontreux 2016 that will provide media and broadcasting operations, live feed, etc. Other contracts are on the way.