19th of October 2013, today we have been busy preparing the 12th Open
Haaglanden tournament. This year we have really improved the whole setup and
the colours yellow and blue have become very visible throughout the whole area.
The look and feel of the tournament has improved so much and we are very happy
with the professional appearance this new approach has given us.
o’clock at night the whole tournament area was finished and Pravesh and I made
an extra check to see if we hadn’t forgotten anything. Due to our well thought
out planning list everything was in order, and we were absolutely ready to
start. Meanwhile Master Steve and Ella had left for Schiphol airport to welcome
the group of English competitors and to make sure they would arrive safely at
20th of October: we really had to get up very early. We were very excited to
start the day: the Open Haaglanden tournament has grown so much these past
years, and the field of 350 international competitors from countries such as; England, Georgia,
Tsjech, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and of course the Netherlands has become
very impressive. Apart from this, we have a group of 40 qualified referees and
judges and 50 very enthusiastic volunteers, without whom the entire tournament
would not have been possible. So I would certainly like to thank these
We were very
happy to see that Master Steve Zondag, Master Willy van de Mortel and Master
Wijnand Tapilatu were able to join us, and they were greeted ceremonially at
the opening of the tournament.
Nicholls, who has the 8th dan degree, the Secetary General of the
ITF Grandmaster Choi Jung Hwa organisation and president of UK ITF would arrive
at the tournament a little later due to his prior obligations at a seminar and
black belt degree exams in the UK. When he arrived at Schiphol airport, Ella
Zondag and Ronald Vielvoije were there to meet and welcome him and take him to
the Open Haaglanden. When he arrived the
tournament was stopped to properly welcome Master Nicholls. We were very honored
with this special guest and Master Nicholls was given a small token of our
appreciation. For most of the competitors the arrival of Master Nicholls was a
very welcome surprise.
Nicholls then proceeded to hand out 2 prizes, one to the youngest competitor (6
years old) and one to our oldest competitor (68 years old). His short speech
that followed was very inspiring and lifted the spirits of all Taekwon-Do
minded people in the building. After this speech, we greeted and rapidly got on
with the competitions. This had been a very special moment during the day and
we are very proud of this.
The kindest and very sportive regards,
The whole tournament went quite well, and I have only seen lots of happy faces.
The organization received many compliments. Reflecting upon the whole event we
are very pleased and we are currently already looking forward to next year’s
I would really like to thank everyone involved for all the help, without you
this would have never been possible.
Ron Dijkhuizen Organisator
Pravesh Lakhsminarain Coördinator
Written by: ITF Administration - 28th October 2013
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