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Press Release - 1st WTF World Taekwondo Beach Championships Rhodes 2017

The 1st WTF World Taekwondo Beach Championships 2017 will be realized in Rhodes Island, Greece on 5-6 May 2017. The Championships are promoted by WTF and THF and the organizers are the European Taekwondo Union (ETU), the South Aegean Region and the Municipality of Rhodes Island.


Surrounded by the Greek sun and the blue of the sea and sky, the participating taekwondo athletes will have the opportunity to experience the sport for the first time in an outdoor area and will compete in 26 categories, offering the greatest spectacle to the attendees of the event and a whole new experience to taekwondo fans.

 

The inaugural event will be held in the customized for the championship premises of the Nautical Club of Rhodes. Among the pioneer elements of the championships are the two brand new categories of “freestyle dynamic kicks and breaking challenge” and “technical breaking”.

 

“We are always looking to diversity in our sport, and we see beach taekwondo as a new opportunity to take our players out of the arena and into the sunshine,” said WTF President Dr. Chungwon Choue. “Having inaugurated beach taekwondo, we expect taekwondo to go onto the program of the first World Beach Games in San Diego, USA, in 2019 – offering yet another venue for our athletes to shine.”


This is the first time that a World sport federation, includes in its official competition program, categories of open participation. Pioneering in its decision, despite of the National teams that will take part in the Championships, the World Taekwondo Federation gives the opportunity to all athletes despite of club or sport, to participate in the aforementioned inaugural competition categories.


 “It was a very big challenge to take up the organization of the 1st World Taekwondo Beach Championships and the support of DAEDO, our sponsors, the South Aegean Region and the Municipality of Rhodes is significant and they embraced in thrill our unique proposal,” stated the ETU President and President of the Organizing Committee Sakis Pragalos and added: “It is an honor for ETU to have been designated to organize this pioneering event on the island of Rhodes, Greece. The European Taekwondo Union, along with the remarkable support from the local authorities and population will demonstrate not only one more step towards the development of the sport, but also the hospitality of this beautiful island in welcoming athletes from all over the world.”


The South Aegean Region Governor, George Chatzimarkos stated: “The event signifies the outreach of the international touristic movement in Greece and communicates messages of synergy between sport, culture, and tourism throughout the islands of South Aegean. It is an honor that the World Taekwondo Federation entrusted Greece and the island of Rhodes to launch this pioneering championship of international standards.”

 

Gold sponsor of the event is DAEDO INTERNATIONAL, which is specialized in martial arts technical equipment and clothing, while it is also an officially recognized supplier by WTF. Rodos Palace is the Hospitality sponsor, AEGEAN Airlines is the official event air travel sponsor and Blue Star Ferries the official sea travel sponsor, while the event is supported by several additional sponsors that will be announced promptly.

  
You may find more information regarding the 1st WTF World Taekwondo Beach Championships Rhodes 2017 in the following links:


https://www.worldtaekwondobeach2017.com/
https://www.facebook.com/worldtaekwondobeach2017
https://www.instagram.com/worldtaekwondobeach2017/

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