The Romanian Taekwondo Federation, chaired by Mr. Apostol Constantin, is organising the European Under 21 Championship, with the technical support of the European Taekwondo Union (ETU).

This great event for under 21 athletes will be held from 7 – 10 December 2023 in the Polivalente Hall of the historical city of Bucharest. Romania has become the venue for other international Taekwondo competitions, such as the famous Dracula Open.

Mr. Apostol Constantin, president of Romania Taekwondo Federation, is excited to organise a tournament where the highest level athletes from Europe will participate.


MT. How is the Romanian Federation preparing for the European -21 years?

– We have already fulfilled most of our tasks and we are checking the same small details about accommodation, venue and transfer transport.

MT. What does it mean for Romania Taekwondo to organize such important events?

-The most important result for our country to become the host country of the U21 European Championships is the trust we received from the ETU board and other members of our continental ETU organisation.

What is expected for this event?

– We are working to make the tournament excellent.

MT. What does Bucharest offer to participants?.

– Bucharest was called in the 1900s the little Paris and to this day it is still a beautiful and historic city, a capital, which is very safe and able to provide very good service and a unique nightlife.

MT. How many combat areas will the event have?

– We have three (03) combat areas with all the regulations required by the ETU and WT.

MT. How many athletes will be in action?

  – There are 479 athletes scheduled for this U-21 representing 38 countries, plus the refugee team.

MT. How does this kind of event benefit Taekwondo Romania?

We have signed a partnership with the National Sports Authority, which is very important for the future with regard to our development programme as Olympic Games LOS ANGELES 2028.

MT. What message would you give to the athletes who come to participate?.

-The motto of this event FRIENDSHIP THROUGH SPORT is more than our expectation, it is a fact that in such circumstances happens in different parts of the world.

  • MT. We are sure that in cooperation with the European Taekwondo Union, the U-21 in Bucarest from 7 to 10 December will have a great significance for the athletes and other participants. Thank you for the interview.

Europe at the forefront

Unofficially it is estimated that the European Taekwondo Union endorsed almost 25 G and E category events across Europe, promoting children, cadet, junior, U-21, Senior, Master and Parataekwondo categories, as well as Poomsae events. With this level of competitions, and more than 60 athletes in GP Final, the continent is positioned as the most prominent of the year 2023.

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