The talented and experimented International Referee Axel Sánchez (Puerto Rico) who served as Referee for the past Tokyo Olympics, has been appointed as Referee Chairman for the Pan-American Taekwondo Union.


Through the years Sánchez, has been part of biggest events around the world, such as WT World Championships, WT Grand Prix, Pan-American Championships and so on. With his experience in both Kyourgi and Poomsae, PATU president López is confident that he will accomplish the goals in that area.

Axel Sánchez arbitrando durante el World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final “MOSCOW 2019” que se llevó a cabo en el Krylatskoye Sports Palace de la ciudad de Moscú; el 6 y 7 de diciembre. Foto: Claudio Aranda / MASTKD.

“Your trajectory, expertise, qualifications, and hard work for Taekwondo are the best fit for our renewed organization. Your role as Referee Chairman looks for the best interests and fair competition of the Pan American Taekwondo Union through a fair representation. I am sure that your successful background in sports and martial arts will help you fulfill your duties to the best of your abilities. I look forward to working together to achieve the best for Taekwondo in the region”. Stated PATU president in his appointment letter.

Axel Sánchez is also Technical Director of the Puerto Rico Taekwondo Federation, and together with Caribbean Vice-President Elvin Landrau (Puerto Rico), will take to our beloved sport to the next level.

He will be in charge of Kyorugi Referee Chairman, Poomsae Referee Chairman and ParaTaekwondo Referee Chairman for the PATU new era.