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Taekwondo tournament to kick off in Phuket

Taekwondo tournament to kick off in Phuket

FIGHT SPORTS: Taekwondo fighters from around the world will compete in Phuket later this month in an international tournament hosted by Thailand’s national coach, Choi Yong Seok.

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Thursday 10 January 2013, 03:08PM

The 1st Phuket International Choi Yong Seok Taekwondo Championship 2013 will be held in Phuket on January 26 and 27 at the Saphan Hin Sports Centre.

Up to 1800 participants are expected to attend the event, which has an organisational budget of about one million baht.

Mr Choi, from South Korea, has directed Thailand’s Taekwondo efforts since 2002, and has played a key role in the country’s rise to prominence in the Korean martial art.

He trained Yaoapa Boorapolchai to win Thailand’s first-ever Olympic medal – a bronze at the 2004 games in Athens – which was followed by a silver won by Buttree Puedpong in Beijing, the Taekwondo world title win last year by Rangsiya Niaisom, and the most recent bronze medal in the women’s 49kg category at the London Olympics last year, won by Chanatip Sonkham.

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The Phuket championship has been created by Mr Choi to support Taekwondo in Thailand, in association with the Taekwondo Dragon Gym, the Phuket Taekwondo Club, the Phuket Sports Association, and the Phuket branch of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

The event will feature kiriku (sparring) and poomsae (patterns) Taekwondo competitions in categories for beginners, experienced fighters, male and female couples, and three person teams.

Taekwondo fighters who want to register can contact Mr Yoslak 089-874-3367, or visit the Thannam Taekwondo website at http://www.thannam.net.

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