PTA to stage online speedkicking tournament for PH jins

Published July 4, 2020, 4:00 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

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In this file photo, Filipina jin Pauline Lopez banners the Philippine flag after defeating Cambodia’s Aliza Chhoueng to bag the gold medal in women’s taekwondo featherweight finals at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium last December. (MB File Photo)

The Philippine Taekwondo Association (PTA) is hosting a speedkicking champions online tournament on July 11 to 12 for local jins seeking “more action” beyond training during quarantine.

PTA grassroots director Stephen Fernandez said the idea came after poomsae tournaments emerged including the Online Daeu Open European Poomsae Championships last May where the PH team won three gold medals.

“Nag-comment yung ibang mga (kyorugi) players namin. Paano naman daw sila, gusto nila ng competition,” Fernandez said, referring to athletes competing in contact events.

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Philippine Taekwondo Association director Stephen Fernandez

Poomsae focuses on various taekwondo forms where athletes are graded on their grace and skills, while kyorugi athletes spar against each other in different weight categories.

At the moment, contact sports like taekwondo are still prohibited from training and competition by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).

But PTA feels having a speedkicking championship for local athletes would help athletes physically and mentally especially in this time of the coronavirus pandemic.

Though the tournament does not involve sparring, players need to perform various levels of exercises that will be graded.

So far, 250 athletes have signed up for the event and Fernandez hopes more will join.

“You have to understand, puro training lang kasi sila. With this tournament, there is something they can look forward to aside from training,” Fernandez said.