Rafael Khalatyan

Rafael Khalatyan

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Taekwondo’s finest celebrated at World Taekwondo 2023 Gala Awards

Taekwondo’s finest celebrated at World Taekwondo 2023 Gala Awards

Taekwondo’s finest athletes, coaches and officials were today recognised at the World Taekwondo 2023 Gala Awards, marking a fitting conclusion to an extraordinary season.  The Gala Awards serve as a celebration of excellence, recognising outstanding athletes, coaches and officials who have left their mark on the global Taekwondo stage throughout the year. 


Abes once again prove their dominance in 2023 Tokyo Grand Slam

Abes once again prove their dominance in 2023 Tokyo Grand Slam

One of the main questions of day two of Tokyo Grand Slam 2023 was if Hifumi and Uta Abes could win their next tournament. Since 2018 they have won together the 2020 Olympic Games, 2018, 2022 and 2023 World Championships, various Grand Slam titles. And the answer to the question was quite predictable - yes.




Germany wins the team title of 2023 European Ju-Jitsu Championship

Germany wins the team title of 2023 European Ju-Jitsu Championship

From November 23-26 the European Ju-Jitsu Championship was held in Croatia’s capital Zagreb. The European strongest competitors fought for 32 gold medals. Germany was the strongest team after the end of the championship with 6 gold medals. France was the leader in overall medals - 18, but they managed to claim only 3 gold medals. Israel and Slovenia won 4 gold medals, Sweden and Netherlands 3.


FIAS announce 2024 calendar

FIAS announce 2024 calendar

The International Sambo Federation (FIAS) announced their official calendar for 2024. Kazakhstan will become one of the Sambo centres in 2024. Their capital Astana will host the World championship from November 8-10, and Aktau will host Asia and Oceania Sambo Youth and master championships. The European Sambo championships will be held in Serbia’s Novi Sad from May 9-10, a day later the EuropeanYouth and Junior Sambo championship will start.