The President of the Turkish Taekwondo Federation, Metin Şahin, expressed his dedication to constructing on the federation’s spectacular achievements, with a transparent aim of continued success on the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Throughout his go to to Erzurum for the continuing Zekeriya Tutar Youth Türkiye Championships, Şahin highlighted that the latest worldwide leads to Taekwondo have underscored the nation’s untapped potential.
Emphasizing on the necessity for sustained success, Şahin acknowledged, “On the World Taekwondo Championships held in Baku, Azerbaijan, we grew to become essentially the most profitable nation within the World Taekwondo Federation – which has 215 member nations – by successful the workforce championship.”
Türkiye is reaping the rewards of the insurance policies applied since 2003.
Only a 12 months in the past, on the European Championships in England, the Crescent-Stars grew to become champions within the males’s and ladies’s classes, in addition to in Para Taekwondo, solidifying their standing because the continent’s high performers.
All of those achievements are setting the stage for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Şahin additionally shared his confidence within the progress of Olympic quotas, saying, “In para-taekwondo, eight out of our 10 athletes are throughout the Olympic quotas and are set to compete. We now have excessive expectations from them. Typically Taekwondo, 5 of our athletes are throughout the quotas, and we goal to take care of our success on the 2024 Paris Olympics. All quota recipients are exceptionally gifted athletes. Within the final world championships, we noticed that three of our athletes grew to become world champions; one secured the second place and two others clinched the third spot, making all of them robust Olympic medal contenders.”
Şahin expressed confidence within the athletes who’ve secured quotas for the Olympics as potential medalists.
“Securing a quota is a major achievement, a really difficult feat in itself. Within the ongoing course of, athletes who rank throughout the high 5 in all championships are granted the chance to take part within the Olympics. Attaining this top-five place is extraordinarily difficult. I consider those that can overcome this problem will not be solely prone to succeed on the Olympics by way of para-taekwondo and common Taekwondo, however they will additionally attain the top. I place confidence in my athletes and coaches. We are saying, ‘2024 Paris Olympics, right here we come,’ with pleasure. We goal to hold that pleasure to the nation once we go there,” he stated.
Şahin underlined the significance of constant effort in Taekwondo’s improvement, highlighting that the collective efforts of all coaches have led to this exceptional success.
Furthermore, Şahin famous the rising curiosity in Taekwondo and the rising variety of athletes in Türkiye.
“Households, golf equipment, and coaches exhibiting curiosity in Taekwondo are important elements of this combine. We will see the place these outcomes have taken us. Success is just not solely measured in sporting achievements but in addition within the context of Turkish youth’s participation in sports activities. At present, our licensed athletes have exceeded 800,000, which is a supply of immense pleasure for us. We perceive the contribution of sports activities in making accountable residents. This assist has been essential for Turkish sports activities for the previous 20-21 years, and comes from our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has been a fantastic advocate for Turkish sports activities. Our Minister has additionally offered important assist. I consider that Türkiye’s robust younger athletes will proceed to symbolize us in Europe, the world, and the Olympics. With the grace of God, they are going to elevate the Turkish nationwide anthem and hoist our flag,” he concluded.