PTA hosts Global Taekwondo tourney

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    AFTER the success of its speed kicking competitions on the local and Southeast Asian levels, the Philippine Taekwondo Association takes the event to the world when it hosts the inaugural Global Taekwondo Online Speed Kicking Championships this Friday to Sunday.

    PTA secretary general Rocky Samson said yesterday that national athletes and Olympic hopefuls Samuel Morrison, Kurt Ryan Barbosa, Pauline Louise Lopez and Rio Olympic Games veteran Kirstie Elaine Allora, who is eyeing return trip to the Tokyo Olympics, will see action in the three-day event.

    Sanctioned by the World Taekwondo Federation, the tournament will feature more than 1,000 participants from 23 countries, among them the United States, Japan, Japan, Korea, Ethiophia, Mexico, Iran, Botswana and Guam.

    “The participants in this Global Taekwondo Online competition will be a in for a tough challenge because it won’t be easy for them performing the necessary routines and skills within the one-minute time limit,” noted Asean Taekwondo Federation president Monsour del Rosario.

    The PTA and ATF jointly organized the first Asean taekwondo speed kicking competition two weeks ago that drew entries from Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.

    “We hope our athletes will get positive results in this competition,” said PTA vice president and chief executive officer Hong Sung Chon. “This event will also serve as the tune-up for them in preparation for the 2021 world taekwondo championships to be held in China and the Asian championships in Lebanon.”