16 September 2016 went down to history with its 5th Open European Para Taekwondo Championships being held in the Capital of Poland, Warsaw.
World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) granted the G4/G2 level for kyorugi championships, which means that according to level and continental membership athletes will earn ranking points for 1st, 2nd and3rd places.
These ranking points are necessary to be eliminated to Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. Upcoming 2017 year will be the first year in a new Paralympic cycle, and, therefore, the competition for medal places is more willing.
In 2015 it has been decided to include para-poomsae to program of the 5th Open European Para Taekwondo Championships for the first time. Previously, poomsae championships for people with disabilities has been held at World Para Taekwondo Championships only. Europe became the first Continent, which welcomed P20 and P30 athletes at the Continental Para Taekwondo Championships.
Then, again, Europe picked a record in number of participants! 32 registered countries and 147 athletes is even bigger than at all the World Para Taekwondo Championships.
Moreover, there were new athletes from new countries took part in 5th Open European Para Taekwondo Championships for the first time: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Czech and Serbia.
Championships took place in a huge TORWAR sporthall, which is one of the most equipped and modern venues in Poland.
The Opening ceremony started after the end of preliminaries and press conference. EPTU President Mr. Aleksandr Shlychkov, ETU Council Member Mr. Evgeny Klyuchnikov, Polish Taekwondo Federation President Mr. Artur Chmielarz, WTF TD Mr. Young Ghil Park and Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Poland Mr. Ji-In Hong welcomed participants, spectators and other guests. After the awarding of memorable gifts there was a demo show consisted of athletes with different kinds of disabilities. EPTU President Mr. Aleksandr Shlychkov and Polish Taekwondo Federation President Mr. Artur Chmielarz granted all the performing athletes with memorable gifts.
Additionally, 6 doping tests has been done at the end of the Championships which one more time emphasize the importance of fair play.
RESULTS of the 5th Open European Para Taekwondo Championships 2016 in Poland, Warsaw:
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