Slavi Binev – President of the Bulgarian Taekwondo Federation

Dear Mr. President,

On behalf of the Bulgarian Taekwondo Federation, I am honoured to invite You and your National Team competitors to participate in the 2017 European Under 21 Taekwondo Championships to be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, between the 6th and 9th of April 2017.

It is the first time an European Taekwondo Championships will be held in Bulgaria and I am confident that the Organizing committee will do its best to ensure the success of the Championships and to offer all participants a high quality competition – with the best international referees to guarantee high level transparency and fair play.

I look forward to seeing you all in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Best regards,

Slavi Binev

President of the Bulgarian Taekwondo Federation



Sakis Pragalos – President of the European Taekwondo Union

Dear Taekwondo Family,

I cordially welcome you to the ETU European Under 21 Taekwondo Championships 2017 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The year of 2017 marks the beginning of a new Olympic cycle. The ETU European Under 21 Taekwondo Championships landmarks the commencement of Taekwondo athletes course towards the Olympic dream. It is the link between the juniors and the seniors, providing young athletes the chance to test their potential and obtain the necessary experience to move further to their goals.

The European Taekwondo Union carries the duty to organize high quality Taekwondo events for our athletes, in order to supply them with the know-how to operate within major championships. I am certain that the Organizing Committee of the ETU European Under 21 Taekwondo Championships 2017 will fulfill the role of the occasion in the best possible way, by organizing an event in excellence and bringing together the European Taekwondo Family for one more time.

I would like to express my appreciation to the Bulgarian Taekwondo Federation, the referees, the teams and the athletes participating, that will ensure one more time a Taekwondo event of the highest standards.

Sakis Pragalos

ETU President


The Organizing Committee will provide Daedo–recognised PSS body protector and headgear (Generation 1). It is compulsory for the contestants to provide their own groin guard, forearm guards, shin guards, mouth protector, gloves and electronic sensor socks.  Please note that sensor socks will not be available from the Organizing  Committee. All uniforms (dobok) and protective equipment must be WTF recognised. If the dobok and/or protective equipment is not WTF recognized, access to the field of play may be rejected. The latest version of WTF-recognized manufacturers’ list is available at the website of WTF: http://www.worldtaekwondofederation.net/recognized

Registration And Entry Fees

Registration is only possible via the Hangastar website www.hangastar.com/wtf/ In addition to the mandatory Online Registration, please also fill in the List of Team Members Form and return it to the Organizing Committee ocsofia2017@taekwondo-bulgaria.org until the 15th of March 2017.

Registration Deadline

The deadline for entries is 15th of March 2017. Entries received after deadline will not be accepted. Please note that the deadline for hotel reservations, via the Organizing  Committee, is 17 January 2017.

Accreditation Photos

Please note that during registration on http://www.hangastar.com/wtf/ a valid photo is required for each coach and competitor. These photos must be uploaded in a passport style format; any other format will not be accepted.

Procedure for Registration

Registration of a contestant is only valid once the ETU Bank Account has received the entry-fee payment in full. Any athlete registering on-line who does not take part in the competition and who has not been removed from the entry list before the deadline (15th of March 2017), is liable for paying his/her entry-fee in full. For any athlete not presenting at registration, his/her team or official will be liable for ensuring full payment has been received, prior to the team’s participation. The entry fee is non-refundable. Each National Team is required to present a copy of the bank transaction, as proof of entry-fee payment at the Registration Centre. Any team unable to present a copy of the Bank transaction will be required to pay in cash to the ETU official responsible on-site.

Entry fees

The entry-fee is €100 per contestant. All fees must be paid in EURO’S; please ensure that the sender assumes any currency or bank charges. Any additional costs or charges to the bank account of the European Taekwondo Union must be paid in cash during registration. Payments must be received from the team of the National Federation (individual payments are not permitted).

Entry fees must be paid in advance to the following bank account:

Name: European Taekwondo Union
Country : GREECE
Account number: 5050-076473-965
IBAN: GR53 0172 0500 0050 5007 6473 965
Payment reference: U21 & National Team Name

The participating federations may pay the entry fee in cash at the official registration, however, in this case, the entry fee will be € 125 (euro) per competitor.


All competitors participate at their own risk. The European Taekwondo Union and the Organizing  Committee assume no responsibility for any damages, injuries or losses. The Organizing  Committee reserves the right to make changes to the competition. All contestants must bring their own documents, insurance and other forms for any medical treatment required during their stay in Bulgaria. The consequences for any contestant unable to provide such medical documents will be decided onsite.

International Referees

The ETU will appoint a total of forty (40) International Referees. The appointed International Referees shall officiate at the 2017 European Under 21 Taekwondo Championships.

Medical And Anti-Doping

Meddical Doctor’s Meeting

All team doctors shall be available at the Medical Doctor’s Meeting, after the Head of Team meeting. After attending the meeting, the team doctor’s will receive their accreditation cards.


  1. The WTF Anti-Doping Rules and, where applicable, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code and its International Standards, shall apply throughout the competition. The 2017 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods is available here: ttps://www.wada-ama.org/en/resources/science-medicine/prohibited-list
  2. In-Competition Testing: Anti-doping tests will be carried out on selected finalists, in addition to other random and/ or target testing as determined necessary. No Advanced Notice Testing will be conducted, in accordance with the WADA Code.
  3. Out-Of-Competition Testing: The ETU and/or WADA may conduct Out-Of- Competition testing prior to the championships. All participating contestants are required to submit their latest and most accurate Athlete Location Forms.
  4. Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE): Athletes requiring the use any substance or medication included on the WADA Prohibited Substances List must make an application for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE). TUE applications must be made no later than 1st February 2017 (for substances prohibited In-Competition) and should be sent to the ETU via Email: taekwondoetu@gmail.com, or submitted online via ADAMS – for those athletes with an active user account.
  5. Please remember that unless you have received a TUE authorisation, your TUE application is not considered as approved. Use of any substance or method without a TUE authorisation may result in an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.
  6. For ADAMS login, please contact the National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO) in your country.


If your National Team Members need visa for Bulgaria, please return the completely filled-in Visa Details Form (Appendix 3) to the Organizing Committee (ocsofia2017@taekwondo-bulgaria.org) and be sure to inform the OC of the location of the Bulgarian Embassy to which your team will apply for visa before the 10th of March 2017.

Download (Appendix_3_-_Visa_Details_Form_-_2017_EU21.xls, 31KB)

Head Of Team Meeting & Drawing Of Lots Session

  1. The Head of Team meeting and the Drawing of Lots session for the 2017 European Under 21 Taekwondo Championships, will take place on April 5th, 2017, in the presence of the ETU Officials and the representatives of the participating nations.
  2. The Drawing of Lots will take place at the Park Hotel Moskva (Conference Hall).
  3. The Drawing process will be conducted electronically by ETU.
  4. The ETU Coaches License is mandatory otherwise 200 Euros Penalty is required.


The weigh-in will take place each day before the competition day of the particular weight category. Time of the weigh-in is 11:00 – 13:00 hrs. During the weigh-in, the male contestant shall wear underpants and the female contestant shall wear underpants and brassiere. However, the contestant may weigh-in nude if he/she wishes to do so. The weigh-in will be conducted once. How ever, one more weigh-in within the time limit of the official weigh-in will be granted to those contestants who did not qualify the first time.

Indemnities / Deadlines

It is the responsibility of each National Association to ensure that sufficient insurance coverage has been taken out for all officials and participants. Participants without proper participation entry forms and without sufficient insurance coverage will not be allowed to compete.

Please fill in the Personal and Group Indemnity Forms and return them to the Organizing Committee (ocsofia2017@taekwondo-bulgaria.org) before the 1st of March  2017. The closing date for both the Online Registration and the receipt of the appropriate team member forms (Personal and Group Indemnity, List of Team Members, Flight Schedule) is the 1st of March  2017. Entries received after the closing date will not be accepted.

Hotel And Transportation

Round trip airfare of the teams shall be borne by the participating National Taekwondo Federations. The Organizing Committee will arrange transportation from the airport to the official hotels and back, also from the hotel to the venue hall and back to the hotel.

Transportation will be only organized for the teams that have made hotel reservations through the Organizing Committee. Please fill in the Flight Schedule Form and return it to the Organizing Committee (ocsofia2017@taekwondo-bulgaria.org) until the 15th of March  2017. Please see all information about the official hotels in the appendix as well as on the event webpage.

Accommodation charges for room and board of the teams shall be borne by the participating National Taekwondo Federations. The deadline for hotel reservations through the Organizing Committee is the 15th of March 2017.

Hotel reservations that are cancelled after the 20th of March 2017 will be fined with 100% of the total hotel reservation cost.

Please fill in the Hotel Reservation Form and return it to the Organizing Committee (ocsofia2017@taekwondo-bulgaria.org) until the 15th of March 2017. As room allotment is limited, your room reservation request will be treated according to the space availability at the hotel.

All payments for accommodation should be made in € (Euro) by in cash at the official registration in accordance with the specifications on the Accommodation Appendix.


Download (Appendix_1_-_Accommodation_Form_-_2017_EU21_28updated29.xls, 35KB)

National Flag And Anthem

Every participating Member National Association is required to provide the following items for use during the Opening and/or Closing ceremonies:

  1. Two (2) IOC-recognised national flags • Size: 90cm x 130cm
  2. A CD of the pertinent IOC-recognised national anthem

Items mentioned in 1 & 2 must be submitted to the Organizing Committee during registration at the Registration Centre.

On behalf of the Bulgarian Taekwondo Federation, I am honoured to invite You and your National Team competitors to participate in the 2017 European Under 21 Taekwondo Championships to be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, between the 6th and 9th of April 2017.


Slavi Binev