PATU Press – The Pan American Taekwondo Union presented this February 11 to the family of the continent the 2023 Calendar, a route that includes up to ten continental events, a dozen world open kyorugui and poomsae, four macro ParaTaekwondo events and two multisport events of the Olympic cycle: Central American and Caribbean Games, and Pan American Games, in Dominican Republic and Chile, respectively.
“It is a calendar that brings everything for all formats and in which we will initiate the application of the Pan American Ranking. The PATU12 project presents a calendar for all tastes and that offers multiple opportunities for Pan American athletes, coaches, technical directors and referees in the region,” summarized the LAE. Juan Manuel Lopez, PATU president, who unveiled the 2023 Calendar after the Executive Committee meeting on 11/02.
There will be ten Pan American Championships originally foreseen in PATU’s competitive agenda this year: in February, the CAC San Salvador 2023 Qualifier will be held in Heredia, Costa Rica, together with the II Pan American Children’s Open. March will host the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games Qualifier in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
April will bring together in the Dominican Republic the family of America in the Pan American Cadet and Junior Championships (G2), which are held again this year after the success achieved in 2022, and the I Pan American Team Kyorugui Championship (TK3), one of the biggest attractions of the year.
This month will also have in Dominican territory the PanamSports Camp, which this year will be aimed at junior athletes.
In June, Costa Rica will host the II Pan American Children’s National Team Championship and Mexico will do the same with the I Pan American Club Championship, another of the novelties of the 2023 Calendar.
Similarly, the President’s Cup of the Americas will be held in two versions starting in September, in Rio de Janeiro and the Dominican Republic.
Pan-Am Series + G1 and G2 Events
A dozen events in kyorugui and poomsae adding to the World Taekwondo world and Olympic rankings will be held in the Pan-American area in 2023, including the second season of the Pan-Am Series Circuit:
Initially, the Canada Open (G2) opens the calendar from February 22 – 26, followed by the Pan-Am Series I (G1) in Heredia, Costa Rica, where the Team Kyorugui modality will make its debut. This will be followed by the traditional USA Open (G2) in Las Vegas, March 3-5, as a preamble to the Pan-Am Series II (G1) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 24-26.
April will be the month of taekwondo in the Dominican Republic with three Pan American championships and the Dominican Open (G1), April 27-29. In June (8-11), the Costa Rica Open (G2) will be held.
Mexico, in August, will summon the athletes of the area in the Pan-Am Series III (G1). The calendar closes in September, October and November with the G1 World Open in Argentina, Havana and Peru, respectively.
Up to four macro events have been scheduled in the 2023 Calendar of ParaTaekwondo of America and three of them will be held in Brazil, a power nation in this modality that already has official status after its debut in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and its upcoming incursion in Paris 2024: it will be in Los Angeles 2028.
The first of them will be the Qualifier to the ParaPan American Games Santiago 2023, an event that will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 22, as a prelude to the ParaTaekwondo competition in the Pan-Am Series II (G1), also in Rio, on March 24.
A new edition of the ParaPan American Takwondo Championship will also be held in Brazil, in September, as the final test before the fundamental event of the year: the Para Pan American Games Santiago 2023 (G4), from November 23 to 25.
Olympic Cycle: Paris 2024
In 2022, Valledupar, Colombia, and Asunción, Paraguay, hosted the Bolivarian and South American Games, respectively. In 2023, taekwondo competitions will be in action at the Central American and Caribbean Games San Salvador 2023, where taekwondo will be held at the sub-venue of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, from July 4 to 7.
Later, from October 21-24, Chile will host the taekwondo elite at the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games.
PATU started 2023 with three educational and continental certification activities in Aguascalientes, Mexico, within the framework of the I Pan American Taekwondo Congress: The I Pan American Technical Congress, the Refresher Course for International Kyorugui Referees and the I Pan American Poomsae Seminar, with more than 400 participants from 36 countries who were training in the technical and regulation areas to face this dynamic calendar designed within the framework of the PATU12 Project.