The Annual Korean Ambassador’s Cup was held today at the Caritas Technical school in Port Moresby. As part of the Korean Embassy’s on-going commitment to fostering its relationship with Papua New Guinea, the tournament featured 50 taekwondo competitors.
The day began with the Poomsae or stance. The different competitors at today’s event came to display their skills in the martial arts.
The experienced fighters in Max Kassman and Colland Kokin were part of the 50 competitors at the event.
There were also participants as young as 11 years old that came.
Korean Ambassador to PNG, His excellency Kwak Bum Soo was their to witness the day.
The Korean Embassy will also be sponsoring a 6-day trip to Korea in November.
The event seeks to promote the cultural history of the sport of Taekwondo, which the ambassador believes can be used as a means to develop Papua New Guineans.
The President of PNG Taekwondo Federation, John Cholai said that with only three years left until the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, that events like this will be the stepping stone for future Gold medal prospects for PNG.
To close the event, the sparring sessions or Kyorugi event had the crowd into a furore. The organisers later announced winners who were presented with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.