World Taekwondo Europe made a series of decisions in Athens ©WTE

Fred Buitenhuis has been appointed as deputy president of World Taekwondo Europe (WTE).

The Dutchman, who was already serving as a vice president, was selected by WTE President Sakis Pragalos.

Buitenhuis has led the Dutch Taekwondo Federation as President for more than a decade and is a well-known official in Europe.

As deputy president he will represent Pragalos whenever he is unavailable.

The appointment was confirmed as the WTE Board met in Greek capital Athens.

Other decisions taken included a move to return quota places for major events to national governing bodies.

Previously, athletes winning quota spots would take them up themselves but countries now have the right to select others.

Athletes overlooked will have the right to appeal to WTE with more rules and regulations due to be announced in November.

It has also been agreed to create a new umbrella organisation under the WTE called the Small States Taekwondo Union (SSTU).

This followed a suggestion from World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue with Pragalos appointing Phivos Christou of Cyprus as the first SSTU leader.

Coaches who guide athletes to Olympic gold medals will receive licences for life ©Getty Images
Coaches who guide athletes to Olympic gold medals will receive licences for life ©Getty Images

Luxembourg's Norbert Welu will serve as secretary general with a key aim the admission of taekwondo into the Games of the Small States of Europe.

The Games, which take place every two years, are for European countries with fewer than one million people.

A further decision saw the Generation 24 youth policy approved as the continent looks ahead to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Ranking lists for cadets and juniors will be introduced from 2020 and a new event cycle created in a bid to unearth champions of the future.

Europe will be divided into six regions with winners from each meeting at a Grand Final event to crown overall champions.

Training camps and education for coaches will also take place in developing taekwondo nations.

It was also agreed to hold annual Taekwondo Europe Awards from 2020 while trainers that guide athletes to Olympic gold medals will be awarded lifetime European coaching licences. 

Silver and bronze medals will result in a four-year licence.