Switzerland, in Taekwondo spotlight next month
The world of Taekwondo will set its eyes on Switzerland, more specifically on Lausanne, in June. The Swiss city will host some important events for our sport, being the 4th World Para-Taekwondo and the 2nd Swiss Open (G1 Category) the main focus of attention.
On the same day, the Swiss Open 2013 will kick off, a world-class competition that will last till the next day. This year, we will be able to see in Lausanne the entire National Teams of countries such as France, Mexico, Spain, Germany, China, Croatia, Italy, Venezuela or Sweden, among others.
Besides, some Olympic medalists will defend their crowns in this edition. This is the case of Anthony Obame (Gabon), Lucija Zaninović (Croatia), Milica Mandić (Serbia), Anne-Caroline Graffe (France) and María Espinoza (Mexico), all of them medalists at London 2012, and also of Gwladys Epangue (France), Chika Chukwumerije (Nigeria) and Martina Zubčić (Croacia) who got a prize in Beijing 2008.
Some other Olympians that will take part in the Swiss Open are the Swedes Elin Johansson and Uno Sanli, Patrick Boui from Central African Republic, Peru’s Peter Lopez, Poland’s Michal Loniewski and the Slovenians Ivan Trajkovic and Nusa Rajher, among others. The locals will have solid athletes to cheer for, such as Bahrain Open winner Nina Klaey and Manuela Bezzola, gold at the Canada Open.
The closeness of the World Championships in Puebla, which will start on July the 15, increases the significance of this Swiss Open, as a lot of teams will be in the final stage of their athletes preparation. Some others, like Mexico, will announce their squad right after the tournament, for which it is expected that their athletes give all that they have in the Swiss championship.
But there will be important events also outside the venue; the WTF Executive Committee will meet on the 7th of June, and in that meeting they are going to decide which country will host the 2015 World Championships. Brazil, Russia and Vietnam are the finalists, being the South Americans clear favorites.
And last but not least, the professors of the Polytechnic School of Lausanne (EPFL) Jan-Anders Manson and Kasper Schadegg will have a meeting with representatives of Protector and Scoring System (PSS) manufacturers and members of the WTF in order to work on evolutions and improvements of the PSS system. This will be a follow-up meeting to the first one, carried out a few months ago.
Oliver F. Domínguez
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