Embassy of the Republic of Korea to India and Sports Authority of India (SAI) are in collaboration to organize ‘All India Inter SAI – Korea Ambassador’s Cup Taekwondo Championship 2017’ on 25th May to 28th May 2017 at K.D. Jadhav Wrestling Hall, Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, New Delhi.
His Excellency Hyun Cho, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India said, “This event geared towards enhancing bilateral relations between India and Korea in sports and culture. I hope it nourishes exchanges under sportsmanship.
Mr. Kim Kum pyoung, Korean Cultural Centre India, Director said that, KCCI are pleased to associate with SAI in an endeavour to promote Taekwondo in India. Although, the cooperation can be extended in many other sporting and cultural fields.
Shri Hira Ballabh, Executive Director (Finance & Operations), SAI said that, association of Sports Authority of India and Embassy of Korea in India will go a long way in promoting and developing Taekwondo in particular and many other sports general. He added that, “we have a mutually agreed long term structured format for this training program.
For making the event success, Embassy of the Republic of Korea to India and SAI has also organized the two days workshop for Taekwondo Coaches from the different parts of the country by Grand Master Mr. Wan Yong Lee of Korean Cultural Centre India, at Indira Gandhi Stadium – Sports Complex, New Delhi.
In workshop the coaches learnt about the training methods, techniques, recent changes in rules of conducting of competition and other related aspects concerned for Taekwondo. They were also shortlisted for refereeing for the ‘All India SAI Korean Ambassadors cup Taekwondo Championship 2017’.
This year’s competition will have both men and women Taekwondo players from regional centres of SAI in Kyorugi(fight) and Poomsae(set sequence) tournament under the categories of Cadet, Junior and Senior. Players of Korean Cultural Centre India(KCCI) will enter in Poomsae.
The first Taekwondo championship by the Indian and Korean governments is aiming at boosting the popularity of Taekwondo in India and encouraging Indian athletes to get international level achievements in upcoming events including 2018 Asian games.
As a renowned Korean martial art, Taekwondo is played in approximately 200 countries all over the world and has been an Olympic event since 2000.
SAI and Embassy of the Republic of Korea will facilitate the participants with participation and merit certificates, and conduct a two-week training camp for 1st and 2nd position holders of the senior category. Twelve selected players among them will compete in ‘Chuncheon Korea Open International Taekwondo Championship’ as a part of one-month intensive training camp in Korea.