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Swiss Open 2013 Preview

Swiss Open 2013 Preview

The biggest Taekwondo competition before the World Championships in Puebla will take place this weekend at the Centre sportif de Grand-Vennes, in Lausanne. 300 senior athletes from 52 different countries will compete in this WTF G1 tournament.

Gwladys Épangue

The expectations are high as there will be on the mats several Olympic medalists from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 among the contenders, such as Anthony Obame (Gabon), Lucija Zaninović (Croatia), Milica Mandić (Serbia), Anne-Caroline Graffe (France), María Espinoza (Mexico), Gwladys Epangue (France), Chika Chukwumerije (Nigeria) and Martina Zubčić (Croatia). Also, a lot more Olympians will compete this weekend in Lausanne; Uno Sanli (Sweden), Patrick Boui (Central African Republic), Peter Lopez (Peru), Michal Loniewski (Poland), Ivan Trajkovic (Slovenia), Jannet Alegria Pena (Mexico) and Elizabeth Zamora (Guatemala), among others.
The tournament will start on Saturday morning, when there will be the Males +80 kg and Females -67kg and +67 Kg competitions.
On Sunday, the Swiss Open will go on all day long with the Males -58 kg, -68 Kg and -80 Kg and Females -49 kg and -57 Kg.
To check the Swiss Open 2013 outline please visit this website:
It is worth mentioning that the Swiss Open will be held in conjunction with the 4th WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championship, which will take place during the afternoon session of Saturday, 8 June.

World Para-Taekwondo Championships

87 athletes from 26 countries will compete in the World Para-Taekwondo, being Spain, France, Great Britain, Croatia, Australia, Russia and Brazil among them. The athletes will provide us an afternoon brimful of inspiring moments, like some great champions, such as Ukraine’s Viktoriia Marchuk, Spain’s Alejandro Vidal and Emin Nurstatdinov of Azerbaijan, among many others, did in Aruba 2012.
Oliver F. Domínguez
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