8th World Cup of French-Speaking Countries
The 8th World Cup of French-Speaking Countries was held last June 16th – 17th at the Palais des Sports Treichville in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
This event was created by the World Taekwondo Union of French-Speaking Countries (President Mr. Roger Piarulli) and its first edition was held in Paris, France, back in 2002.
The competition gathered a total of 116 athletes (49 women and 67 men) from 25 countries competing in Olympic weight categories, and it could be defined as one of the most important events within the French-Speaking Taekwondo enthusiasts.
The French-Speaking countries which participated in this World Cup are: Andorra, Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Canada, Central Africa, Congo Brazzaville, Congo RDC, Cote d’Ivoire, France, Gabon, Haiti, Israel, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Monaco, Niger, Senegal, Switzerland, Chad, Togo, Tunisia and Vietnam.
The overall winner of this World Cup was France, who achieved 3 gold medals, 2 silver and 1 bronze. Cote d’Ivoire held the second position, with 2 gold and 5 bronze. Tunisia, Senegal and Lebanon followed the overall ranking with one gold medal each:
The State and Interior Minister of Cote d’Ivoire, Ahmed Bakayoko, sponsored the event and important figures were also present at the competition: the Minister of Sport of Cote d’Ivoire Legre Philipe, the President of the World Taekwondo Union of French-Speaking Countries Roger Piarulli and the President of the World Taekwondo Federation Dr. Chungwon Choue.
Chang-Young Jang from the Asian University Taekwondo Union also went to Abidjan to discuss about the development of Taekwondo at University level and at French-Speaking Countries, after having signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Taekwondo Union of French-Speaking Countries.[:]