Jaouad Ahab about taekwondo bomb: “Not 1 person or 1 situation is a problem” | Taekwondo


It was a bombshell in Belgian taekwondo land yesterday: Jaouad Achab and Raheleh Asemani, together with Ahab’s wife Indra Craen and his brother Badr, switched from Taekwondo Flanders to the French-speaking counterpart. That required an explanation: “There were some difficulties, for which we could not find a clear solution,” Jaouad Achab tells our editorial team.

Jaouad Achab (28) is the most successful of the 4 top taekwondoka. The number 1 in the world has been world champion and multiple European champion, at the Games in Rio he was 5th, just like Asemani.

Why this decision? “We have had a few difficult situations. The circumstances were difficult to achieve our goals. There are no games now and the Olympics have been postponed. So I thought it was the right time to solve those problems with the federation, Sport Vlaanderen and the Belgian Olympic Committee. “

“We worked hard in a few meetings, but in the end no clear solution was found. So the only solution to achieve our goals in the best conditions was to go to the ABFT (Association Belge Francophone de Taekwondo).”

“The situation has built up for years”

Ahab does not go into the matter very specifically. Was the problem with the trainers, with the means or with technical director Laurence Rase, as was stated in Le Soir? “I read an article this morning that I would have a problem with the current trainer, but that’s not true at all. I’ve never had any problems with any trainer.”

“For me it is not 1 person or 1 situation that is the problem. A lot of things have come together, which has put us in a situation where it is difficult to achieve our goals.”

“My goal is the Olympics. That situation has built up over the years. I live with that and thought it was the best time to talk about it. It was a difficult decision for a difficult situation.”

“The decision was also emotional, because Sport Vlaanderen has supported me since the 1st day of my career as a professional athlete. Until now they have done everything they can to keep us at Sport Vlaanderen. It was a tough decision.”

Ahab consciously stays on the flat: “We had a lot of problems with us in the team. I don’t want to go into the details, because I think that should stay in the team.”

“But the situation in the team was unstable. One reason, for example, was that we have had 4 or 5 different trainers since 2016.

I was looking for more stability and better conditions to achieve our goal. ”

The decision was also emotional, because Sport Vlaanderen has supported me since the 1st day of my career as a professional athlete.

Jaouad Ahab

“The Walloon federation is very enthusiastic and very professional”

And will he find it below the language border? “I spoke with the Walloon Federation, the technical director, the trainer and the chairman. They understood my situation and were very happy to help us. They were very enthusiastic and very open to us.”

“They also work very professionally, the technical director and the coach. The coach has had a successful coaching career with Argentina and now with Ketbi and Mourad.”

“We are very open to working with them. Everyone is enthusiastic, happy and motivated. We are now fully focused for the Olympics.”

Won’t this drastic move affect Tokyo 2021? “I do not think so. Time is short, 1 year, but we know each other and have to work super hard. We need to get to know the trainer’s vision, but

he also wants to adapt to our training philosophy. It will be 50-50 work to be ready to perform in Tokyo as quickly as possible. ”

Ahab wants to leave things behind with this: “I have no problems with Taekwondo Flanders and certainly not with Sport Vlaanderen. My world is training and competitions. I don’t want to be busy with anything else. ”

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