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Newsletter 4/2006
Great Success Of Second Taekwon-do ITF World Cup

Two years ago from 19th till 21st November 2004 the First Taekwon-do World Cup and 1st Orlando International Friendship Taekwon-do Cup attended by 401 competitors, representing 72 teams from 25 countries was a great success! Read more about this event on our website: http://www.itfeurope.org/NL2004-04-27.html.

The new format of the tournament for a wide spectrum of competitors, who usually don’t qualify for the Continental or World Championships, gives them opportunity to compete against the best competitors from all over the world. The idea of the World Cup was well welcomed by all competitors and coaches. The introduction of this tournament in the world hit the bull’s-eye.


Juan Ferrando – the ITF Vice President and the President of the Federation Espanola de Taekwon-do

The right to organise the Second Taekwon-do ITF World Cup was given to the Federation Espanola de Taekwon-do. Mr. Juan Ferrando – the ITF Vice President and the President of the Federation Espanola de Taekwon-do became the Chairman of the Organising Committee.

The Second Taekwon-do ITF World Cup was held from 26th till 29th October 2006 in Benidorm, Spain. 730 competitors representing 88 teams from 35 countries took part in the competition. However, the number of the participants could be bigger, but more then 10 countries didn’t get the visa and couldn’t come to Spain.

Europe was represented by following countries: Belgium, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Ukraine. The European countries took six first places in the overall country medal classification of the tournament:

Awarding ceremony Overall Country


Best overall competitor female was Ms. Vladena Kim from Russia.

Best overall competitor male became Mr. Maxime Bujold from Canada.

Benidorm is one of the main attractions along the Costa Blanca. The city, full of skyscrapers, is surrounded by high mountains. Beautiful beaches are really great place to rest. And the weather during the competition was beautiful. The location is a big advantage of Benidorm. The organisers accommodated the participants in very good hotels with excellent full board. The Gran Hotel Bali where most of the competitors and officials were accommodated is situated close to the sea with the most incredible views of the bay. It is the most original hotel on the Costa Blanca, distributed into two buildings one of which stands 186 meters high, the highest hotel in Spain.

   

The advantage of that tournament was a big and modern sport centre. There was a place for seven rings. Many famous competitors decided to take part in the Cup. The technical level was really high.


Once one of the best competitors now one of the best coaches. From left: Master Wijnand Tapilatu (Netherlands) and Mr. Tomaz Barada (Slovenia)

The disadvantage was lack of professional computer system which brought unnecessarily complication and cost the organisers al lot of extra work.

The II World Cup was great opportunity for everybody to meet a lot of people from all over the world who loves Taekwon-do. The big party in a beach club finished the tournament.

It isn’t decided yet where the Third World Cup will be held. Three countries are applying now for the organising rights: Brazil, Malaysia and Italy.

The World Cup was a great success and promotion of Taekwon-do. Thousands of pictures and movies are available in Internet on the websites of the clubs who participated. You can find some nice photos on the websites below:

See the final results:

Polish National Female Team, on left: M. Rogaczewska, M. Pawlik, I. Dziala, J. Paprocka, J. Lipa, E. Zajac

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