In 2000 the Korean martial art Taekwondo became an official discipline at the Summer Olympics in Sydney. Already then we supported and coached the German fighters, i.e. Faissal Ebnoutalib who became the first German Olympic silver medalist and Aziz Acharki who reached a 5th place. Being a world-class fighter Aziz lost unfortunately his preliminary fight against the out-standing and extraordinary Steven López from the USA.
Since then Aziz Acharki developed to one of the most sophisticated Taekwondo athletes. After his return from the Olympics we founded the Olympic Taekwondo Club Bonn. Aziz as a 3-times world champion, multiple European and international champion became a decade later national coach of the Germany Taekwondo (DTU) community.
Furthermore Fadime Helvacioglu from Bielefeld was the first female who participated at Olympic level in 2000:
- Faissal Ebnoutalib – SSV Dachau Ost
- Aziz Acharki – Olympic Taekwondo Club Bonn
- Fadime Helvacioglu – Kobra Bielefeld
Bavaria double strike
North Rhine-Westphalia with one strong competitor
Like in Sydney also this year in Rio, 16 years later, the German Taekwondo team will consist of one female and two male players with migration background, all three are of Turkish descent.
“Our long-term experience shows that sports unites limitless. We are convinced: our joint voluntary efforts in sports & education lead to successful integration of multicultural young people.” ~ Dr. Thomas Fabula
Trio for Rio
Congratulations to the successful nomination of the German Taekwondo national team and to Olympic coach Aziz Acharki:
“Ziel #Rio2016 wurde erreicht, viel Erfolg bei den Olympischen Spielen in Rio.”
- Rabia Gülec, Taekwondo Özer – Nuremberg
- Tahir Gülec, Taekwondo Özer – Nuremberg
- Levent Tuncat, Leopard – Lengerich
Olympic Summer Games Rio 2016 : www.rio2016.com
We would like to express our thanks to the different contributions of several local and federal organisations:
Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund : www.dosb.de
Olympiastützpunkt Rheinland : www.osp-rheinland.de
Sportstiftung NRW : www.sportstiftung-nrw.de
NRW für Rio : www.nrw-fuer-rio.de
OTC-Bonn : www.Olympic-Taekwondo.de