Newsletter Newsletter 4/2010 EuroCup 2010 report/interview
Newsletter 4/2010
EuroCup 2010 report/interview
AETF reporter
Katarzyna Rozwadowska

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Bratislava is the capital and the largest (with a population of about 429 999) city of Slovakia. It is situated in south-western Slovakia, within the Bratislava Region. Its location on the borders with Austria and Hungary makes it the only national capital that borders two independent countries - it is 62 kilometers from the border with Czech Republic and 60 kilometers from the Austrian capital Vienna. The geographical position of Bratislava in Central Europe has long made it a natural crossroads for international trade traffic. As a rail hub, the city has direct connections to Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland and the rest of Slovakia. The city is the political and economic centre of the country. Being a home to several museums, theatres, universities, galleries, concert halls, cinemas, film clubs, foreign cultural institutions and other important cultural and educational organizations ensures Bratislava is the cultural heart of the country as well.

From the 21st to 24th of October 2010 Bratislava became the Taekwon-Do heart of Europe.

Category Ind. Fem. Sp., Black Belts, -58kg, 18-35years.
From the left: Ms. Siv Skorstad, Team East Norway, Ms. Ilona Dziala, Polish National Team.

The participants arriving to Bratislava Airport (only 10 minutes drive to the city) and Vienna Airport were picked up by the coaches ordered in advance or came by their own means to the meeting and registration point at the City Hotel Bratislava. After registration, payments and weight, all of the participants went to their designated hotels.

In the late afternoon on Thursday the Umpires and Coaches Meeting took place. After this in the evening the ITF Congress was held. At the Congress, besides ordinary organization cases, Mr. Luis Baguena Salvador (former A.E.T.F. President and E.T.U. President, sport activist in Spain and international sport organizations) was nominated as an Honorary President as an expression of gratitude for his hard work, dedication and contribution to the development of A.E.T.F. in the past.

ITF Congress held on 21st October 2010 held in Bratsilava, Slovakia.
Behind the presidium table, from the left are sitting: Master Alfred Yu, ITF Asia President, Mr. Thomas Wiesinger, ITF lawyer, Master Paul Weiler, ITF Vice-President, Master Clint Norman, ITF Director, GM Thomas MacCallum, ITF Treasurer, GM Willem Jacob Bos, ITF Secretary General, Master Tadeusz Loboda, AETF President, GM Pablo Trajtenberg, ITF Acting President, Master Juan Ferrando, ITF Vice-President, GM Javier Dacak, ITF South America President, Mr. Luis Baguena, former AETF President, Mr. Emanuel Dopico, ITF lawyer.

From Friday morning at Sibama Arena (part of the Slovakian National Tennis Centre) sporting rivalry began. More than 800 participants from Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Cyprus, England, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Moldova, Nepal, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and Wales fought in Divisions and Categories according to the World Cup Rules and Regulations. They were competing in 6 rings, including 1 for special techniques. Coaches, players and spectators could watch ongoing results on electronic scoring boards during the fights.

At the Opening Gala.
From the left are sitting: Master Paul Weiler, ITF Vice-President, GM Javier Dacak, ITF South America President, GM Willem Jacob Bos, ITF Secretary General, GM Pablo Trajtenberg, ITF Acting President, GM Thomas MacCallum, ITF Treasurer, Master Clint Norman, ITF Director, Master Alfred Yu, ITF Asia President, Master Tadeusz Loboda, AETF President.

On Saturday evening Final Gala the Opening Ceremony ‘Warriors’ Night’ took place. Participants, special guests, supporters and others spectators watched final sparring in chosen categories, demonstrations and artistic performances.

Medals were given in 139 categories. In the general Medal Classification for countries on the winner’s podium climbed:
1 – Poland - 38 gold, 33 silver, 57 bronze,
2 – Russia - 19 gold, 10 silver, 12 bronze,
3 – Ireland - 12 gold, 10 silver, 12 bronze.
General Clubs Classification:
1 – All Russia TKD Federation (from Russia) - 19 gold, 10 silver,12 bronze,
2 – Polish Taekwon-Do Team (from Poland) – 14 gold, 9 silver, 16 bronze,
3 – TRIADA Team Poland (from Poland) – 9 gold, 14 silver, 25 bronze.

The European Open Cup finished on Sunday evening with a party in the City Hotel. All Taekwon-Do friends met there for a chat, to compare notes with themselves, to get to know each other better, to make new friends and tighten up friendships already existing.

Below you will find what Ladislav Hunady (Chairman of the Organizing Committee of European Open Cup 2010 and President of Slovak Union Taekwon-Do) said about the tournament.

From the left:Mr. Ladislav Hunady, Chairman of the organizing committee, the President of Slovak Union Taekwon-Do ITF, Ms. Maria Janigova and Mr. Julius Holkovic, members of the organizing committee.

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