The World Taekwondo Union (WTE) elections were successfully held at the ETU General Assembly 2017 that was realized in at the Concerto Hall, Carnival Culture Palace B1,Muju, South Korea, on Friday 23 June 2017. During the same day all the continental Taekwondo Unions and the World Taekwondo realized their elections, scheduled every 4-year period.
Mr Pragalos Sakis has been re-elected President of the European Taekwondo Union and Mr Fysentzidis Michail is the ETU Secretary-General. Mr Pragalos has been serving European Taekwondo at the head position since 1999, while the last ETU elections took place in Bucharest during the ETU General Assembly on August 20, 2013. Mr Fysentzidis entered the ETU structure in 2011 as Vice-President, and from 2013 until 2021 he holds the ETU Secretary-General position.
Also, the elected Vice-Presidents of ETU are the following: Mr Binev Slavi, Mr Castellanos Pueblas Jesus, Mr Cito Angelo and Mr Yuzefovich Igor. At the position of the Treasurer is Mr Welu Norbert.
Overall, the new ETU Council is consisted by: Mr Apostol Constantin, Mr Chmielarz Artur, Dr Duymaz Oktay, Mr Fleming Martin, Mr. Fysentzidis Michail, Mr Georgiev Andrei, Mr Kluychnikov Evgeny, Mr Patakfalvy Miklos, Mr Prot Franjo, Mr Safarov Naghi, Mr Samadzhiya Lesik, Mr Shlychkov Aleksandr, Mr Sousa Jose Luis, and Dr Zadehmohammad Reza. Concluding, Mr Padros Juanjo and Mr Marton Zsolt Krisztian were elected as ETU Auditors.
Shortly after the announcement of the results of the presidential election, the WTE Council embraced Mr Sakis Pragalos showing their unity and harmony. In his acceptance speech, WTE President noted:
‘I appreciate the trust that I have been shown all these years. We are a family that shares the same vision and aspirations for the progress of the sport and I am honored to continue serving Taekwondo. In a spirit of unity, together with all MNA’s and the new WTE Council, I am ambitious that the years to come will be determinant for Taekwondo.’
WTE Secratary-GeneraI Michail Fysentzidis commented: ‘Ιlook forward to collaborating with the new WTE Council and of course continue our joint efforts with President Sakis Pragalos, remaining aligned in a course to a better future for Taekwondo.’
At the Head of the World Taekwondo Federation Dr. Chung-won Choue has been also re-elected to serve for one more term as World Taekwondo President, while the four additional continental Taekwondo Presidencies are comprised by:
African Taekwondo Union (AFTU) – Gen Ahmed Mohamed Fouly
Asian Taekwondo Union(ATU)– Kyu Seok Lee
Panamerican Taekwondo Union (PATU)– Master Ji Ho Choi
Oceania Taekwondo Union (OTU)– John Kotsifas