Taekwondo tourney on the cards

HARARE - An array of athletes will today and tomorrow converge for the third Korean Ambassador’s Taekwondo Championships at the University of Zimbabwe’s Great Hall.

The tournament is held in collaboration between the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and the Zimbabwe Taekwondo Association in an effort with the spirit of popularising all aspects of the sport in the country.

The championship will include the following events such as Kyorugi, Poomse, Self Defence and Kyokpa.

The competing age groups will be broken down into children, juniors and seniors with colour belt and black belt among the skill levels that will be on display.

Taekwondo is a marital art that was originally developed in Korea and it teaches more than physical fighting skills.

“Taekwondo may be loosely translated as ‘the way of the foot and the hand’. Taekwondo has become Korea’s flagship sport which has gained international recognition and was first competed as an official Olympic sport at the 2000 Games. Since then it has been on the Olympic sporting programme ever since,” Embassy of the Republic of Korea said in a statement.

“The competition will be conducted over a two-day period. The embassy strongly believes that the Taekwondo championships will create understanding and raise awareness of Korean tradition and culture and strengthen the bilateral relations between our two countries.”

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