Korean master, Taesung Kwon, arrived in the country over the weekend to train local taekwondo athletes ahead of 2016 Olympics Games qualifying tournament.
The 10-day training at Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC) has attracted 20 athletes drawn from selected zones.
Kwon, speaking through Tae-kwon-do Association of Malawi (Tam) president Benard Tsinde, said it was important to equip local athletes with modern skills.
“The sport is advancing each day and it is important to train local athletes to master advanced skills, so that they should do better in international competitions,” he said.
Malawi Olympic Committee secretary general, Jappie Mhango, speaking during the opening ceremony at BYC yesterday, said they supported the training with U$6,000 (over K3,000,000) to ensure that the taekwondo team is in shape ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympics Games qualifying tournament.
“This is a technical programme and our wish is that the team should qualify for the Olympic Games. We believe the coming in of Master Taesung Kwon will help local athletes gain modern skills to impress during the qualifying tournament,” said Mhango, who is also Minister of Information.
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art with a heavy emphasis on kicks. Taekwondo was developed during the 1940s and 1950s by various Korean martial artists, blending indigenous Korean fighting styles oftaekkyeon, gwonbeop, and subak, with influence from foreign martial arts, such as Karate and Chinese martial arts.
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