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New European Taekwondo Union office in Athens, Greece

NewETUofficeAthensDuring the weekend of 22-24 November, Dr. Chungwon Choue visited Athens to attend the General Assembly of the International Paralympic Committee. He visited the newly opened ETU office in the city center of Athens.

ETU president Pragalos and Secretary-General Michailis Fysentzidis welcomed Dr. Choue in the sunny Athens. The office is equipped with one office for the ETU president, one office for the Secretary-General and two staff officers. In the lobby, portraits of ETU’s Olympic gold medallists are shown. Furthermore, ETU had made a map with all its members inside and the year of affiliation to ETU.

Dr. Choue was impressed by the new office and expressed his appreciation for all the work that is being done by ETU. During the visit, ETU officials and Dr. Choue discussed the future of Taekwondo in Europe and the ETU leadership expressed their continuing support to WTF and to Dr. Choue.

This weekend WTF had a meeting with the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA). After fruitful consultations, WTF and IBSA signed a MOU on mutual cooperation. During the next World Para Taekwondo Championships, Poomsae for blind athletes will be included in the program. Furthermore, the World Taekwondo Federation is working hard to make sure Taekwondo will be included in the 2020 Paralympic program. The next important event will be the World Para Taekwondo Championships, in which WTF will strive to have 40 Member National Associations participating at the event. ETU will support this goal and tries to make sure at least 30 national teams from the European continent will participate at this event.