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Para Taekwondo medal events increased for Paris 2024

Para Taekwondo medal events increased for Paris 2024

The announcement came as the IPC Governing board approved the complete medal events programme and athlete quotas for Paris 2024 following consultation with the IOC and Paris 2024 Organising Committee. The change marks a significant increase for Para Taekwondo from Tokyo 2020 where the debut sport had six medal events and an athlete quota of 72.

At Paris 2024, there will be five men’s and five women’s weight categories with a quota of 12 athletes per category. The men’s categories are: K44-58kg, K44-63kg, K44-70kg, K44-80kg, K44+80kg while the women’s categories are: K44-47kg, K44-52kg, K44-57kg, K44-65kg and K44+65kg.

Para Taekwondo medal events increased for Paris 2024

Speaking following the announcement, World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue said:

“We are delighted that Para Taekwondo’s medal events and athlete quota has been increased for Paris 2024. This decision is a tribute to all the Paralympians who made Para Taekwondo such a great success at our Paralympic debut in Tokyo. Now at Paris 2024 we will have more athletes and more weight categories which will make for an even more exciting competition. We are constantly looking at how to improve and develop our sport and better support our athletes and we have no doubt this will ensure the very best competitions in Paris.”

Para Taekwondo medal events increased for Paris 2024

‘World Taekwondo Peace Festival’ Held to Mark Olympic Taekwondo, UN International Day of Peace

‘World Taekwondo Peace Festival’ Held to Mark Olympic Taekwondo, UN International Day of Peace

The event, which took place at the Seosomun Shrine History Museum, was jointly promoted by World Taekwondo (WT), GCS International and the U.N. Association of the Republic of Korea.

The peace festival, which lasted about 2 hours, featured a 20-minute Taekwondo performance by the WT Demonstration Team, an opening ceremony, and a one-hour peace concert.

The WT Demonstration Team showed the world that Taekwondo is for peace as they competed in the preliminary round of the ‘America’s Got Talent’ in April this year to receive a golden buzzer to reach up to the final round in September.

Shortly after the performance, there was an opening ceremony, in which WT President Choue delivered an opening speech, followed by congratulatory remarks by Vice Sport Minister Kim Jung -bae, former U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, U.N. Association-Korea President Lee Ho-jin. IOC President Thomas Bach also gave a congratulatory video message for the participants.

WT President Choue said in his opening remarks, “Since 2000, Taekwondo has featured in six consecutive Olympic Games. Throughout the past 21 years, Taekwondo has not only brought excitement to fans around the world; Taekwondo has also created a pathway for refugees, displaced persons, and the underprivileged to fulfil their sporting dreams. In Tokyo, we had four Taekwondo refugee athletes competing for the very first time in the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

‘World Taekwondo Peace Festival’ Held to Mark Olympic Taekwondo, UN International Day of Peace

Dr. Choue, who also serves as president GCS International since 2006, continued to say, “Taekwondo is a sport that gives hope to those who dream of being champions. In total, we have 41 countries that have medaled in Taekwondo at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, making it one of the fairest sports in terms of medal distribution.”

“My philosophy, which was passed down from my late father, Dr. Choue Young Seek, who was the inspiration behind the creation of the U.N. International Day of Peace, is that ‘Peace is More Precious than triumph,” he said. “I sometimes wish that there is no such things as an U.N. International Day of Peace, because we should all live in a peaceful world every day. Unfortunately, there is no such utopian world. Therefore, the commemoration of the 40th U.N. International Day of Peace this year is a reminder that we, as global leaders, have a role to play in nurturing generations to live in harmony and respect. In a world of peace.”

Former U.N. Secretary General Ban said in his congratulatory speech, “I remember Dr. Young Seek Choue fondly as a man of vision and insight. At that time, I was serving as director for the U.N. Affairs Division of the Foreign Ministry and involved in the process of proclaiming International Peace Day. Looking back, it was Dr. Choue who initiated the very idea of International Day of Peace.” “Through close cooperation with then-Costa Rican President Rodrigo Carazo Odio, the U.N. General Assembly adopted its landmark resolution in 1981 to designate every Tuesday of September as the International Day of Peace, which was changed to September 21. Since Korea was not a yet a full U.N. member state, Dr. Young Seek Choue’s role was to work behind the scenes by persuading President Carazo Odio of his idea.”

‘World Taekwondo Peace Festival’ Held to Mark Olympic Taekwondo, UN International Day of Peace

In his congratulatory video message, IOC President Bach said, “Today’s festival is more than celebrating the long history of Taekwondo as an Olympic sport. Today you are putting the spotlight on the unique power of sport to unite the entire world in peace.” “Peace, this was also central to the thinking of the founder of the IOC, Pierre de Coubertin. When he revived the Olympic Games 127 years ago, he saw them as a way to promote peace among nations and peoples,” the IOC President said. “This is why I would like to thank World Taekwondo under the great leadership of your president Choue for organizing this festival that celebrates sport, peace and solidarity.”

The peace concert featured eight songs. Mezzo-soprano Paik Nam-ok performed “Song of Peace,” Then the Korean Soul, a famous Korean black gospel group, performed “Oh Happy Day,” followed by “Yo Soy Maria” by the Jazz Quartet. Band Leenalchi, a seven-member band, performed “Tiger is Coming” and “Please Don’t Go.” The Korean Adopted Children Choir performed “Magnolia Blossom,” which was written by GCS founder Young Seek Choue and composed by Kim Dong-jin, and John Lennon’s “Imagine.”

Olympic stars ready for first ever World Taekwondo Women’s Open Championships in Riyadh

The three-day G-4 event will be the first Taekwondo event hosted in Saudi Arabia and is expected to attract around 170 athletes from 36 NOCs and the refugee team. As many as 20 Olympians from Tokyo 2020 are due to compete in Riyadh including Olympic silver medallists Lauren Williams from Great Britain and Tatian Minina from the ROC, and bronze medallists Tijana Bogdanovic from Serbia, Ruth Gbagbi from Cote D’Ivoire and Great Britain’s Bianca Walkden. Other notable athletes include two-time world champion Jaeyoung Sim of Korea and Olympic Refugee Team athletes Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin and Dina Pouryounes Langeroudi. Athletes will compete across eight weight categories in matches comprising three two-minute rounds. The competition will implement a single-elimination system with the first two days of competition dedicated to preliminaries and semi-finals. On 27 November, the last of the preliminaries and semi-finals will take place before finals in all eight weight categories. Winning athletes will secure 40.0 ranking points with second and third place taking 24 and 14.4 ranking points respectively. World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue said: “We are eagerly awaiting the first ever World Taekwondo Women’s Open Championships in Riyadh. Taekwondo is a global sport which is open to all and we pride ourselves on being a gender equal. We know we can develop Taekwondo further and by hosting the Women’s Open Championships in Riyadh we will help promote gender equality in the Middle East and around the world. We have Olympians, world champions and aspiring athletes from four continents competing at the competition and I have no doubt they will showcase the very best of Taekwondo.”

The three-day G-4 event will be the first Taekwondo event hosted in Saudi Arabia and is expected to attract around 170 athletes from 36 NOCs and the refugee team. As many as 20 Olympians from Tokyo 2020 are due to compete in Riyadh including Olympic silver medallists Lauren Williams from Great Britain and Tatian Minina from the ROC, and bronze medallists Tijana Bogdanovic from Serbia, Ruth Gbagbi from Cote D’Ivoire and Great Britain’s Bianca Walkden. Other notable athletes include two-time world champion Jaeyoung Sim of Korea and Olympic Refugee Team athletes Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin and Dina Pouryounes Langeroudi.

Athletes will compete across eight weight categories in matches comprising three two-minute rounds. The competition will implement a single-elimination system with the first two days of competition dedicated to preliminaries and semi-finals. On 27 November, the last of the preliminaries and semi-finals will take place before finals in all eight weight categories.  Winning athletes will secure 40.0 ranking points with second and third place taking 24 and 14.4 ranking points respectively.

The three-day G-4 event will be the first Taekwondo event hosted in Saudi Arabia and is expected to attract around 170 athletes from 36 NOCs and the refugee team. As many as 20 Olympians from Tokyo 2020 are due to compete in Riyadh including Olympic silver medallists Lauren Williams from Great Britain and Tatian Minina from the ROC, and bronze medallists Tijana Bogdanovic from Serbia, Ruth Gbagbi from Cote D’Ivoire and Great Britain’s Bianca Walkden. Other notable athletes include two-time world champion Jaeyoung Sim of Korea and Olympic Refugee Team athletes Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin and Dina Pouryounes Langeroudi.  Athletes will compete across eight weight categories in matches comprising three two-minute rounds. The competition will implement a single-elimination system with the first two days of competition dedicated to preliminaries and semi-finals. On 27 November, the last of the preliminaries and semi-finals will take place before finals in all eight weight categories.  Winning athletes will secure 40.0 ranking points with second and third place taking 24 and 14.4 ranking points respectively.  World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue said:  “We are eagerly awaiting the first ever World Taekwondo Women’s Open Championships in Riyadh. Taekwondo is a global sport which is open to all and we pride ourselves on being a gender equal. We know we can develop Taekwondo further and by hosting the Women’s Open Championships in Riyadh we will help promote gender equality in the Middle East and around the world. We have Olympians, world champions and aspiring athletes from four continents competing at the competition and I have no doubt they will showcase the very best of Taekwondo.”

World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue said:

“We are eagerly awaiting the first ever World Taekwondo Women’s Open Championships in Riyadh. Taekwondo is a global sport which is open to all and we pride ourselves on being a gender equal. We know we can develop Taekwondo further and by hosting the Women’s Open Championships in Riyadh we will help promote gender equality in the Middle East and around the world. We have Olympians, world champions and aspiring athletes from four continents competing at the competition and I have no doubt they will showcase the very best of Taekwondo.”

‘2021 ICM International Martial Arts Academic Seminar’ Held on Nov. 16

‘2021 ICM International Martial Arts Academic Seminar’ Held on Nov. 16

Under the topic “Exploring the Social Value of Martial Arts: Mutual Respect and Nonviolence,” the annual international seminar, the fourth of its kind, drew about 70 people due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The seminar started with opening remarks by Park Chang-hyun, secretary general of the UNESCO ICM, followed by a keynote speech and two sessions and related panel discussions.

Prof. Kim Do-kyun, president of the Korean Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, delivered his keynote speech on the topic “The New Normal Era! Realizing and Sharing of Social Values through Martial Arts.”

‘2021 ICM International Martial Arts Academic Seminar’ Held on Nov. 16

Prof. Kim, who also serves as a board member of GCS International, said “Considering that martial arts are being recognized worldwide based on the physical activity, it is vital that policy support and development should be prepared in accordance with the new normal era and global sports environment by including martial arts in the area of sports. In conclusion, it is required to solidify its position as a leading country of martial arts by conducting the realization and sharing of the social values of this discipline in accordance with reality.”

Under the sub-topic “Martial Arts and Mutual Respect,” the first session featured two speakers: Mr. Bae Jun-su, a research fellow of the PEAK Sports Personality Institute, and Ms. Yang Yoon-kyung, a counselor of the Sport Nuri School.

Under the sub-topic “The Paradox of Nonviolence in Martial Arts, the Session 2 drew two speakers: Prof. Kim Jeong-hyo of Seoul National University; and Dr. Kang Seok-jae, senior consultant of the World Taekwondo Cares Program.

Prof. Kim said in his presentation, “Martial arts are very ironical physical phenomena. This is because focusing on the physical aspect transforms martial arts into the most dangerous weapon and tool for violence, while focusing on the spiritual aspect can help it reach the absolute state of nonviolence. Perhaps this irony is why as one becomes a greater master, the person practices more on subduing body strength as much as one can. The nonviolent nature of martial arts may be the greatest gift the irony of martial arts gives to mankind.”

‘2021 ICM International Martial Arts Academic Seminar’ Held on Nov. 16

As the second speaker of the Session 2, Dr. Kang, who also serves as secretary general of GCS International, made his presentation on “Taekwondo and Social Responsibility: Case Studies of World Taekwondo’s Global Peace Movements.”

Dr. Kang gave a detailed presentation on World Taekwondo’s global peace initiatives, such as the establishment of the Taekwondo Peace Corps in 2008 and the launch of the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2016 to empower the refugees worldwide, along with the WT Cares Program in 2016 to help the disadvantaged in developing countries. He mentioned that “With the financial support from the Asia Development Foundation, World Taekwondo is carrying out its Cares project in Nepal, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and to expand to East Timor, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia shortly.”

He concluded by saying, “As Korea’s gift to the world, taekwondo is a blessed sport that serves for the benefit of all mankind, “Hongik Ingan” in Korean. Taekwondo is indeed a peace-loving, nonviolent martial art sport, which is greatly beloved by the world.” Established in 2016 under the agreement between the Korean government and the UNESCO, the International Centre of Martial Arts for Youth Development and Engagement under the auspices of UNESCO (Category 2) is the third UNESCO Category 2 center within Korea. The new ICM building was opened in 2020.

French ECOpen 2021

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Daedo será la empresa oficial en PATU hasta 2025

Daedo será la empresa oficial en PATU
Chuen Wook Park, CEO de Daedo Internacional junto a Juan Manuel López Delgado, presidente de PATU, durante la firma del acuerdo llevado a cabo en la “Historical Room” que se encuentra en la Sede Central de dicha empresa en la ciudad de Barcelona.

López Delgado y Park se reunieron en la Sede Central de Daedo en la ciudad de Barcelona, España, para darle forma al acuerdo que enlaza a la Unión Continental con la principal empresa de indumentaria y tecnología de Taekwondo Olímpico a nivel global.

El acuerdo entre PATU y Daedo tendrá en principio una duración de cuatro años (2022-2025) y según explicaron los protagonistas de esta alianza no será solo económico.

“Una parte muy importante de este acuerdo es el compromiso de Daedo para apoyar a los países en desarrollo en cuestiones de expansión del Taekwondo y la preparación de atletas de alta competición”, aseguró muy gratificado Juan Manuel López Delgado.

Daedo será la empresa oficial en PATU

El acuerdo contiene el uso exclusivo del PSS Daedo en las competiciones que organice y/o promueva la Unión Panamericana de Taekwondo y será el recomendado en los eventos “G” que organicen los países miembro de PATU durante el contrato vigente.

La firma del acuerdo se llevó a cabo el 12 de noviembre en la “Historical Room” que se encuentra en la Sede Central de Daedo, donde Juan Manuel López Delgado y Chuen Wook Park aseguraron que se plasmó el comienzo de una gran alianza que tendrá como fin principal, ayudar a los deportistas panamericanos.

World Taekwondo Peace Festival set to celebrate Taekwondo’s contribution to humanity

World Taekwondo Peace Festival set to celebrate Taekwondo’s contribution to humanity

The World Taekwondo Peace Festival will take place on November 22 at the Seosomun Shrine History Museum in Seoul and is set to commemorate 20 years of Olympic taekwondo and the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the U.N. International Day of Peace. The International Day of Peace was proposed at the 6th IAUP (International Association of University Presidents) Conference in San Jose, Costa Rica in 1981 by Dr. Young Seek Choue, the late father of World Taekwondo President Dr. Chungwon Choue.

The Peace Festival, is being organised by World Taekwondo together with GCS International and UN Association of the Republic of Korea. A total of 17 ambassadors from countries that have won a Taekwondo medal at the Olympic and Paralympic Games will attend the Peace Festival alongside former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and senior delegates and VIPs from the World Taekwondo Family.

World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue said:

“Taekwondo is more than a sport; it is a philosophy. Respect, understanding and fair play are principles which are enshrined in the sport and we have always been committed to ensuring taekwondo makes a meaningful contribution to humanity. Through the creation of the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF) in 2016 we have strongly promoted peace through sport. Our mantra is ‘Peace is more Precious than Triumph’ and that is what today’s World Taekwondo Peace Festival is all about.”

The World Taekwondo Demonstration Team will perform at Sky Square ahead of the Opening Ceremony of the Peace Festival. The Opening Ceremony will be followed by a concert which will comprise a series of special musical performances. Among the performances will be a ‘Song of Peace’ by Mezzo-Soprano Paik Nam-Ok and ‘Tiger is Coming’ by Band Leenalchi. Band Leenalchi debuted in 2019 and are a seven-person band named after a famous singer in the 19th century in Korea. Band Leenalchi is gaining a growing popularity as its music combines ‘pansori’, or traditional Korean opera and the modern pop music style in a harmonious manner.

The Festival will be live streamed live on YouTube https://youtu.be/A0fyDbrIwGI and Naver TV  https://tv.naver.com/l/91997 from 17:00-19:00 in Seoul time on Nov 22.

World Taekwondo Peace Festival set to celebrate Taekwondo’s contribution to humanity

PATU: Para Taekwondo Committee is being renewed

PATU: Para Taekwondo Committee is being renewed

The Committee will have a mandate of 2 years, and will be composed of a President, a VicePresident and 5 members, who at the end of the period may be re-elected.

  • Chair: Sandra Peña Arciniegas (Colombia)
  • Vice-Chair: Luciano Mazzeo (Aruba)

Members

  • Juan Pedro Florez (Mexico)
  • Javier Borquez (Chile)
  • Juan Jose Roman (Peru)
  • Jannet Alegria Peña (Mexico)
  • Rodrigo Ferla (Brazil)
PATU: Para Taekwondo Committee is being renewed
Sandra Peña Arciniegas (Colombia)

Among the functions they will have are, to properly study the structure, organization and administration of Para Taekwondo competitions (Kyorugi and Poomsae), develop different competition formats for athletes with disabilities, as well as expanding, promoting and improving the practice of Para Taekwondo within PATU and safeguard the interests of the
athletes.

The Committee will also be responsible for establishing competition schedules, investigating the possibility of Para Taekwondo events for Cadets and Juniors, establishing procedures and responsibilities of officials at all levels of competition, recommending a plan for the future so the expansion of Para Taekwondo can occur within PATU members, among others.

“Para Taekwondo is the great pride of this Continental Union. After its successful participation at the Tokyo Paralympic Games, we were all extremely gratified with the results of all PATU representatives. Our goal is to take this modality to an even higher level and have more and more athletes participating in exemplary and successful events in our Pan American region”, said Juan Manuel Lopez, President of PATU.

Venezuela retoma la acción con multitudinaria Copa Embajador de Corea

El laureado equipo del estado sede y cuna del taekwondo de este país suramericano, Anzoátegui, se consagró con los máximos honores durante los torneos nacionales federados celebrados este fin de semana en el marco de la octava edición del certamen de taekwondo más grande de Venezuela: el equipo anzoatiguense ganó el título nacional sub 24 (49 puntos), juvenil (72 puntos) y cadete (100 puntos), además del subcampeonato regional zona de poomsae (20 puntos), para asegurar el octavo título consecutivo desde 2013, y el cuarto cetro absoluto como entrenador del ex seleccionado nacional en los -58kg, Mario Leal.

Las delegaciones de Miranda, Yaracuy, Bolívar, Carabobo completaron el top cinco de honor en el torneo.

Venezuela retoma la acción con multitudinaria Copa Embajador de Corea

“Me siento muy alegre por la realización de este gran evento que permite difundir una de las manifestaciones más emblemáticas de la cultura coreana. Muchas felicidades a todos los organizadores y atletas. Muchas gracias por hacer del taekwondo un estilo de vida”, afirmó el Excelentísimo Embajador de Corea en Venezuela, Seung Cheol Yeo, homenajeado en el torneo.

1200 ATLETAS EN ACCIÓN

Venezuela retoma la acción con multitudinaria Copa Embajador de Corea

La Copa Embajador marcó el retorno al circuito criollo de las competencias presenciales de taekwondo tras la pandemia con poco más de 500 asistentes, sin embargo, tras el éxito y gran desarrollo del poomsae online, se empleó el formato virtual del evento en paralelo al presencial, el cual congrega hasta los primeros días de diciembre a más de 700 atletas del país quienes compiten desde casa bajo el reglamento oficial de la World Taekwondo.

“A lo largo de la historia, el taekwondo ha sido clave para el pueblo coreano porque lo ha ayudado mucho a enfrentar las dificultades, por eso estoy convencido que el taekwondo ayuda a los venezolanos a superar estos tiempos difíciles agravados por la pandemia”, reiteró el embajador Yeo.

DEPORTE EJEMPLAR

Venezuela retoma la acción con multitudinaria Copa Embajador de Corea

El Prof. Eduardo Álvarez Camacho, presidente del Comité Olímpico Venezolano, resaltó durante el torneo el poder organizativo del segundo deporte que más medallas olímpicas le ha brindado a Venezuela: “Hoy día podemos decir que la Federación Venezolana de Taekwondo es la más organizada del país, tras cumplir con un proceso electoral masivo, sin ningún tropiezo y con un respaldo total hacia su presidente, el maestro Hung Ki Kim, quien hoy día está cumpliendo una función continental al ser nombrado vicepresidente de la Unión Panamericana de Taekwondo”.

Álvarez resaltó que “en este año donde celebraremos Juegos Deportivos Nacionales, podemos decir con orgullo que el taekwondo es el deporte olímpico con mayor cantidad de estados y atletas inscritos: 20 entidades registradas. Eso es producto de su buena organización”.

HOMENAJEADOS

Venezuela retoma la acción con multitudinaria Copa Embajador de Corea

El cuerpo diplomático liderado por el Excelentísimo y Plenipotenciario Embajador, Seung Cheol Yeo, junto al Cónsul Hogil Jung y el delegado administrativo Hyunguem Seong, fue galardonado con un reconocimiento por el apoyo irrestricto al trabajo y desarrollo del taekwondo en Venezuela.

El prof. Eduardo Álvarez, titular del COV, fue honrado por su trabajo al frente del movimiento olímpico venezolano.

“También quisimos rendir tributo a cuatro emblemas del taekwondo que partieron a otros mundos este año, como fueron el Maestro Gerardo González y los taekwondistas Gustavo Machado, Ramón Mejías Caibe y Anthony Kim, hijo de nuestro maestro Hong Ki Kim”, explicó por su parte José Mendoza, vicepresidente de la federación nacional.

De igual forma, el ex seleccionado y entrenador del equipo venezolano de combate, Algimiro Mejías, recibió una placa en reconocimiento a su trayectoria deportiva y marcial, en la que cosechó medallas internacionales a lo largo de tres ciclos olímpicos, además de ser el Cinturón Negro VII Dan más joven del país.

Otros homenajeados en la competencia fueron el alcalde de Lecherías, Manuel Ferreira y el Ing. Ángel Murillo, presidente del Instituto de Deportes del estado Anzoátegui.

Durante la pandemia, Venezuela ha cosechado al menos 700 medallas en eventos online de poomsae tanto abiertos como avalados por la World Taekwondo.

El calendario nacional 2021 del taekwondo cerrará con dos eventos: el Open Pal Li en el estado Lara, del 3 al 4 de diciembre, como preámbulo a los XX Juegos Deportivos Nacionales 2021, pautados para este deporte del 8 al 12 de diciembre en el Domo José María Vargas de La Guaira.

América crecerá 100% en organización de eventos para 2022

Con la llegada de Juan Manuel López a la presidencia de la Pan America Taekwondo Union (PATU), la sequía e inconstancia de eventos en el área panamericana parece que llegará a su fin en el 2022.

Aunque hay tiempo hasta el 22 de noviembre, por el momento hay 14 países que confirmaron la organización de un torneo oficial.

Años atrás, muchos presidentes de distintas federaciones nacionales manifestaron el interés de ser anfitriones, pero siempre encontraban la fricción en los costos de organización para eventos oficiales.

Según jerarcas, que prefirieron no identificarse, los precios se iban por las nubes como consecuencia de los hoteles, transportes, cantidades de miembros oficiales y otros rubros no tan claros que cobraba la administración de Ji Ho Choi -expresidente de PATU- y que se arraigó muchísimo más en el efímero, pero caótico, periodo de Helder Navarro como presidente interino, cuando su comité ejecutivo impulsó la medida de asignar eventos bajo la ley de oferta y demanda.

La situación desencadenó que por años, en el mejor de los momentos, los abiertos se hicieran máximo en siete países en periodos distantes entre sí u obligaba a que países negociaran entre ellos para intercalarse las organización, tal cual sucedió con Chile y Argentina en el 2019.

Para aquel año, Argentina cedió a la organización de su open y Chile dio paso al frente. El plan era que para el 2020 Argentina asumiera y Chile no organizara; sin embargo, la pandemia por el Coronavirus COVID-19 desacomodó todo y ese ‘teje y maneje’ pinta a ser cosa del pasado.

Los abiertos tradicionales en PATU eran en: Canadá, Estados Unidos, México, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Argentina y algunas veces en República Dominicana y Chile que comenzaba a dar sus primeros pasos.

Las consecuencias de la inconstancia de eventos de nivel reventaron en el pasado proceso olímpico de Tokyo 2020, cuando América tuvo una paupérrima participación y se evidenció la abismal brecha de nivel que hay entre los otros continentes y el área.

Empero, tras una gestión política de PATU con los distintos presidentes y federaciones nacionales, para la temporada del 2022 Panamérica albergará al menos 14 torneos, siendo países como Cuba la gran sorpresa.

“Estamos trabajando sin descanso para que nuestros atletas jueguen en igualdad de condiciones con los de otras uniones continentales. La comunicación con WT es permanente y eso ya está generando frutos”, explicó con gran entusiasmo el presidente de PATU, Juan Manuel López Delgado.

Las Novedades

Hace pocos días, PATU anunció que todos los torneos oficiales del próximo año serán categoría G2, lo cual significa que los ganadores tendrán 20 puntos asegurados en el ranking olímpico y vuelve al continente mucho más atractivo para la preparación de taekwondistas de otras latitudes.

Además, se creó el Pan Am Series, un circuito de torneos que tendrá su destacado en cada subregión panamericana. Estados Unidos, Costa Rica y Brasil serán los organizadores de los del 2022.

Aparte del Pan Am Series; por Norteamérica, Estados Unidos y Canadá organizarán sus tradicionales eventos. Destaca la ausencia de México, que en el pasado era un organizador sumamente importante en el área, pero que, durante la administración González Pinedo, hay tenido más desaciertos que puntos altos, lo cual le está debilitando la imagen a nivel internacional.

En el caso de Centroamérica y el Caribe, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico y Cuba abren sus fronteras para que el Taekwondo dispute puntos del ranking oficial en sus tierras.

Por último, la subregión que más eventos sumará es Sudamérica con seis abiertos y el Pan Am Series. Los open serán organizados por Argentina, Ecuador, Chile, Perú, Brasil y Colombia.

Tras los anuncios de sedes, las fechas aún no trascienden, pero sorprenden dos cosas: la primera es que México no figura en el listado -aún tiene tiempo hasta el 22 de noviembre- y que Colombia vuelva a postularse para un torneo, luego de asumir la President’s Cup del 2021 y un G1 sin lograr desarrollarlos con éxito, por presunta falta de apoyo económico, según comentaron meses atrás a MASTKD autoridades colombianas de la Federación de Taekwondo.

El presidente de la PATU también anunció mediante un comunicado, que en los próximos días, luego de su gira por Europa, se reunirá con los diferentes comités organizadores para comunicarles sobre las directrices que deben seguir ya que sus torneos serán G2.