The first ITF World Cup Taekwon‑Do Games is a huge success The World Cup Taekwon‑Do Games have first ever successfully been held in Santiago del Estero Argentina, from 3rd to 10th Oct. 2022.
This event will remain in the great history of the ITF, since it had an EXPECTACULAR development from Start to Finish, where nothing was missing according to the standards of the Championships of the ITF World.
There participated 1131 participants including 846 competitors (Gup holders: 434 and Dan holders: 412), Umpires and Coaches from 30 countries around the world.
The following member countries were present:
USA, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Haiti, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Greece, New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Italy, Scotland, England , and host Argentina.
The Organizing Committee was chaired by: GM Adolfo Villanueva, Vice President ITF and President of FAAT, and GM Ing. Osvaldo Ríos Olivero President PTC. The following authorities of the ITF executive body were present:
Prof. Master Ri Yong Son, ITF President, Grand Master Prof Dato Leong Wai Meng, ITF Vice President,
Grand Master Michael Prewett, President of the European ITF Federation,
Grand Master Low Ming Tuk, President of the Ocean Taekwon‑Do Federation,
Grand Master Dr. George Vitale,Chairman of the ITF Public Relations Committee,
Grand Master Leslie Hutchison, ITF EB member(Scotland),
Grand Master Dr. Enrique Deacon, Secretary General of PANAM Taekwon‑Do Council,
Mr. Anton Archipov, ITF Data protection officer,
Grand Master Enrique Godoy,
Grand Master Augustus Mitchell
Grand Master Raul Bonilla
The Opening Ceremony took place with 5,000 people in attendance on 5th of Oct. 2022, at Nodo Tecnologico SDE Santiago del Estero in which His Excellency Dr. Gerardo Zamora, the Governor of Santiago Del Estero, and other Dignitaries were invited. At the Opening Ceremony the congratulatory speeches were made by the Governor and the ITF President.
The Governor offered his thanks to the ITF for honouring his city Santiago Del Estero, to host the World Cup Taekwon‑Do Games first ever held in the ITF history as well as for reviving the normal lives of peoples throughout this game who were in tremendous troubles due to the corona pandemic and emphasised the role of Taekwon-Do in his city, especially for the education of the young peoples and expressed his concern to support the ITF Taekwon‑Do in the future.
And where, in addition to the words of rigor, welcome and opening, the music and the official mascot of the 1st ITF WORLD CUP GAMES SANTIAGO 2022 were presented.
And also the ITF president presented the Governor with the ITF Honorary 7th Dan Master Certificate from ITF.
The competitions took place in 8 simultaneous areas.
It was 5 wonderful days!! From 5 to 9, October 2022.
It featured the direct transmission via streaming of ITF TV.
The final result by country :
1st Argentina. FAAT
2nd Puerto Rico
The final result by club:
1st – TOKA (Taekwon‑Do ORO Kwan Agentina)
2nd- Hakkyo (Bs Aires Argentina)
3rd. Puerto Rico
The Closing Ceremony of the World Cup Taekwon‑Do Games was held on the 9th of October in the Single Stadium of Santiago del Estero, considered in the last year as one of the 3 best soccer stadiums in the world.
At the Closing Ceremony the overall Cups were awarded, and the work of the Umpires and Assistants was also awarded, which was performed in a beautiful and colorful atmosphere.
And it was attended by the Governor of the Province Dr. Gerardo Zamora, the ITF President Prof Mter Ri Yong Son and all ITF EB members.
On this occasion, an integrative game was held between the companions and relatives of the competitors from different countries, which generated the approval of all and highlighted the strong idea of this colorful World Cup:
Only together we can!!! To achieve a better and more peaceful world!!!
By Grand Master Osvaldo Ríos Olivero
President of PANAM Taekwon‑Do Council