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Spectacular Opening Marks Start of European Taekwondo Championships

Spectacular Opening Marks Start of European Taekwondo Championships

 

The 38th ITF European Taekwon-Do Championships commenced in grand fashion, alongside the 29th Junior European Championships and the inaugural Pre-Junior European Championships. The opening ceremony, held at the prestigious Medical University of Lublin in Poland, attracted a crowd of over 1,000 attendees, setting the stage for an exhilarating competition.

 

ITF President Extends Warm Welcome

 

ITF President Paul Weiler extended a warm welcome to participants and expressed gratitude to the organizers for their efforts in bringing the event to Lublin. Notably, this edition of the championships includes pre-juniors aged 12–14, marking a significant milestone for the sport.

 

Festive atmosphere enhances the venue

 

The atmosphere at the opening ceremony was nothing short of festive, with stands filled to capacity by enthusiastic athletes and spectators. Nations eagerly awaited the official presentations, engaging in spirited chants and lively performances, including the popular "Mexican waves" led by the Italian delegation.

 

Dazzling Displays and Formal Presentations

 

The ceremony featured dazzling displays and formal presentations, including introductions of board members, referees, athletes, and para-athletes from the international taekwondo community. University and local officials, alongside esteemed ITF representatives at European and global levels, graced the occasion, adding to the prestige of the event.

 

Celebrations and Honors

 

The celebrations commenced with traditional Polish songs and dances, captivating the audience with cultural richness. A parade of participating delegations followed, accompanied by acrobatic performances and formal speeches by officials and organizers. Grandmasters and prominent figures from the world of taekwondo were also honored, receiving ovations in recognition of their contributions.

 

International Representation and Appreciation

 

Representatives from over 30 European countries gathered in unity as officials alternated between English and Polish, ensuring inclusivity and understanding. Video messages from officials unable to attend conveyed appreciation for the collective efforts in making the championships a reality.

 

Exciting Competition Ahead

 

A total of 839 athletes from 33 countries are set to compete across various disciplines, including pattern, individual and team sparring, set sparring, special breaking techniques, and power breaking. With the stage set for thrilling competition, the European Taekwondo Championships promise excitement and excellence in equal measure.

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