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Malawi taekwondo athlete off to Korea

One of the country’s minority sports disciplines, tae-kwo-ndo, got a major boost on Wednesday when athlete Joseph Phiri left for Muju City, South Korea, to compete in this year’s World Taekwondo Championship.

Phiri was accompanied by trainer Lovemore Masinga for the event that begins on Saturday and ends on June 31.

Speaking before departure, Masinga said Phiri had undergone intensive training and is geared to do well.

“We selected him because he is the current champion of champions. Two years ago, he also did well in Botswana when Malawi Olympic Committee took us for the African Championship where we had problems with the rules. But this time we have had thorough preparations and we are optimistic that we will do well,” he said.

On his part, Phiri, who left Mzuzu to camp in Blantyre for two weeks, said he was ready for the competition.

“I had one of the best preparation camps. I was supported and there were plenty of sparring partners to shape me up for the global contest,” he said.

Taekwondo Association of Malawi President, Bennedicto Tsinde, advised Phiri to be brave and focused as he aims at winning a medal for the nation.

“Sometimes we fail to impress during such events just because of nervousness. I believe that, with confidence, we can shine at such events,” he said.

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