PH jins vie in China

Published April 23, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

The Philippine taekwondo team will vie for honors in the open qualification tournament 1 for the 2019 World Taekwondo Grand Slam Champions Series on April 26-28 in Wuxi, China.

Carrying the colors of SMART/MVP Sports Foundation, the national taekwondo squad will be bannered by 10 jins – five male and five female – and two coaches, Carlos Jose Padilla V and Christian Al Dela Cruz.

Arven Alcantara, shown connecting a full moon kick to the head of his Vietnamese opponent in a previous competition, is expected to do well for the Philippines in the Wuxi event.
Arven Alcantara, shown connecting a full moon kick to the head of his Vietnamese opponent in a previous competition, is expected to do well for the Philippines in the Wuxi event.

The Filipino fighters are Dex Ian Chavez (-58kg), Kurt Bryan Barbosa (-58kg), Arven Alcantara (-68kg), Keno Anthony Mendoza (-68kg), Samuel Thomas (-80kg); while on the distaff side are Baby Jessica Canabal (-49kg), Veronica Garces (-49kg), Pauline Louise Lopez (-57kg), Beatrice Kassandra Gaerlan (-57kg) and Laila Delo (-67kg).

Only selected athletes from 30 countries will see action in the prestigious event. Among these countries are Korea, France, Spain, Iran, Turkey, Chinese Taipei, the United States and the Philippines.

The competition also serves as a tuneup for the Filipino jins’ participation in the World Taekwondo Championships, the Korea Open and the Southeast Asian Games which the Philippines is hosting late this year.

 
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