Taekwondo: Kireka Children's Club wins 7th edition

The Children Sports Charity Taekwondo Academy from Kireka in Wakiso district won the 7th edition of the Korea Ambassador Taekwondo Cup that climaxed at the MTN Arena in Lugogo.

Over 10 clubs took part in the two-day championship.

After two days of Taekwondo action, the children of the Kireka based sports charity Taekwondo club emerged winners of the 7th Korean Ambassador’s cup having won 11 gold medals, 4 silver and 6 bronze.

2017 champions Lee Taekwondo club from Kisugu came second with seven 7 gold, 8 silver and 14 bronze while the defending champions Lango Taekwondo Club from West Nile settled for third ahead of the Aga Khan club that had three Gold, 3 sliver and 2 bronze.

Nine-Year-Old Rhina Rockie like most of the other participants, said they would love to become professionals at the sport.

“I started this game when I was in primary one, my role model is Grand Master Lee, and I want to be like in future. I am looking forward to take on the sport as professional.” Rockie said.

The Korean Taekwondo master Juang Hunlee who also doubles as the event organizer said that little girls and boys have potential to represent Uganda in international events.

“These little girls and some senior men have potential. I noted their names down and I think if they train more they can go for international games like All Africa Games and Olympics,” Hunlee said.

Uganda was one of the very first countries to practice Taekwondo in Africa, with Ivory Coast and Egypt.

The Korean martial art was introduced in Uganda in 1969 when Master Nam Suk Kim from South Korea was invited to teach self-defence techniques to officers and men of Uganda Prisons.

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