The President of the Turkish Taekwondo Federation, Metin Şahin, expressed his dedication to constructing on the federation’s spectacular achievements, with a transparent objective of continued success on the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Throughout his go to to Erzurum for the continued Zekeriya Tutar Youth Türkiye Championships, Şahin highlighted that the latest worldwide ends in Taekwondo have underscored the nation’s untapped potential.
Emphasizing on the necessity for sustained success, Şahin said, “On the World Taekwondo Championships held in Baku, Azerbaijan, we grew to become probably the most profitable nation within the World Taekwondo Federation – which has 215 member nations – by successful the staff championship.”
Türkiye is reaping the rewards of the insurance policies carried out 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. Now we have excessive expectations from them. Generally Taekwondo, 5 of our athletes are throughout the quotas, and we intention to keep up our success on the 2024 Paris Olympics. All quota recipients are exceptionally proficient 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 sturdy Olympic medal contenders.”
Şahin expressed confidence within the athletes who’ve secured quotas for the Olympics as potential medalists.
“Securing a quota is a big 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 usually are not solely more likely to succeed on the Olympics when it comes to para-taekwondo and common Taekwondo, however they’ll 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 intention 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 outstanding 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 parts of this combine. We are able to see the place these outcomes have taken us. Success shouldn’t be solely measured in sporting achievements but in addition within the context of Turkish youth’s participation in sports activities. At the moment, our licensed athletes have exceeded 800,000, which is a supply of immense satisfaction 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 an excellent advocate for Turkish sports activities. Our Minister has additionally supplied vital assist. I consider that Türkiye’s sturdy younger athletes will proceed to characterize 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.