Byline: Mohsin Ali
ISLAMABAD -- The 14th Korean Ambassador National Taekwondo Championship will commence tomorrow (Thursday) here at Amir Khan Boxing Hall, Pakistan Sports Complex.
Pakistan Taekwondo Federation (PTF) President Lt Col (R) Wasim Ahmed Januja announced this on Tuesday along with Korean Minister Counsellor Sang Seung Man, Counsellor KO Young-kun, PTF Women Wing President Shamim Akhtar, Treasurer Jalal Haider Khan, Raja Ulfat Fida and Arif Ali.
Waseem told The Nation, 'The teams from provinces, departments, services, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Islamabad have confirmed their participation. The Korean Embassy in Islamabad, Omar Associate, Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim Ltd (FFBL) and AF Powertek Engineering Fzc have been sponsoring the event. Korean Ambassador Kwak Sung-Kyu will grace the mega opening ceremony as chief guest, while FFBL Chief Executive and Managing Director Lt Gen (R) Javed Iqbal HI (M) will also be present there.
'I am grateful to Korean Embassy, as they always lend a helping hand to the federation for conducting the championship and sponsor our athletes for training in Korea. Taekwondo was introduced in Pakistan in mid 60s by the Koreans. We are confident about our athlete Haroon Khan's chances of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. We have included the U-14 category in the national championship for preparing our juniors for the qualifying round of the Olympics, Junior Championship and Al-Fujera Cup, which are scheduled to be held next year.
'The championship comprises seniors, cadets and under-17 categories, where men and women will be seen in action. The last national championship was a huge success, as all the clubs were invited to feature in it while this year, around 650...