From 17-21 June, 2016 a great delegation of international sport officials came to Ulyanovsk, Russia to discuss the future development of para-taekwondo in Russia and Europe.
The following officials took part in the visit: ETU President Sakis Paragalos, ETU Vice-President Fred Buitenhuis, ETU Deputy Secretary General Constantin Apostol, ETU Vice-President, RTU President Anatoly Terekhov, ETU Council Member, EPTU Vice-President Evgeny Klyuchnikov, EPTU President Aleksandr Shlychkov, ETU President Assistant, EPTU Executive Director Vlada Latysheva, Secretary General of the Russian Paralympic Committee Andrey Strokin, Minister of Sports of Ulyanovsk Region Sergey Kuzmin and other officials.
ETU Council member, EPTU Vice-President Evgeny Klyuchnikov suggested to hold the 6th European Para-taekwondo Championships together with Russian Under 21 Taekwondo Championships in Ulyanovsk, Russia on May 25-28 2017. ETU Delegation checked the facilities and especially the venue – huge, modern and new Ice Palace “Volga-Sport-Arena”, which was used for World Bandy Championships 2016. In May 2017 it will attract 5000 spectators for taekwondo and para-taekwondo championships.
EPTU President Aleksandr Shlychkov says: “Opening of the first in Russia Representative para-taekwondo office of the European Taekwondo Union in Ulyanovsk city is a significant step in development of para-sport in the whole Russia. Para-taekwondo will become a stepping stone in promotion of Paralympic kinds of sport in the region. In future Ulyanovsk can become one of the main Russian centers of Paralympic movement.”
Preliminary dates for 6th Para-Europeans in Ulyanovsk, Russia are 25-28 May, 2016.