New Delhi, Jun 7: Korean Cultural Centre India (KCCI) in association with Sports Association of India (SAI) organised four days ‘2nd All India Inter SAI – Korea Ambassador’s Cup Taekwondo Championship here at Indira Gandhi Stadium.
The event was inaugurated in the presence of H E Shin Bongkill – Ambassador of S Korea to India, Kim Kum-pyoung, Director of Korean Cultural Center India, Ahn YoungJin –Executive Director Hyundai India, Sanjay Saraswat – Regional director of International Cooperation Cell along with players from across India.
Shin Bongkill while addressing the participants said, "My dream is to see Taekwondo become as big as cricket in India and I do hope that with full cooperation of Ministry of Sports of India and all the Taekwondo federations and associations, we will be able to create a Taekwondo fever in the country in the times to come."
''As an international sport, Taekwondo is nourishing student’s body and mind by teaching respect and discipline as well as self-defense. Talented Taekwondo athletes of India will get an opportunity to train and upgrade themselves through training camp,” Neelam Kapur, Director General Sports Authority of India said.
Gold medalist 62 Kg Sonam from Haryana said, "Taekwondo is new India and I see a lot of growth in this sports. Girls should learn Taekwondo as it will add strength and confidence. I am looking forward to train myself and win medal for India at International level games."
A total of 223 matches will take place in Gyeorugi category, on the opening day it will witness 70 matches, while on day two will have 102 matches and three will have 51 matches.
In Gyeorugi category, SAI athletes and medalists of 1st KCCI Director’s cup Taekwondo Championship will compete. Selected medalists of the competition will go to S Korea for further training and participation in Chuncheon Korea Open International Taekwondo Championship and in Kimunyong Cup International Open Taekwondo Championship, which would be a great platform for future Olympic.