For the Love and passion of the combat sport, a group of Ghanaian Taekwondo ex-practitioners and Masters who currently live abroad is organizing the First Diaspora Open Taekwondo Championships, to be held at the Korea Sports Complex in Tema Community 3.
The championships, which has so far seen over 200 registered athletes from Ghana and other parts of the world begins on Friday, August 18, 2023 and wraps up on Saturday, August 19, 2023.
The 2-day Kyorugi & Poomsae event will have male and female categories Seniors, Juniors, Cadet and Para. There will be 4 weight divisions for both male and female Senior categories, 5 weight divisions for both male and female Junior categories and 6 weight divisions for both male and female.
With a minimum of 2 and maximum of 3 for the Poomsae competition, Senior team will do Sipjin Poomsae, Junior team will do Poomsae 5, 6, 7 & 8 (Taejuk Oh jang – Pal jang) and Cadet team will perform Poomsae 1, 2, 3 & 4 (Taejuk II hang – Saa jang), whereas all divisions will be allowed to freestyle with music.
With athletes’ registration already closed, battle on the mats for supremacy and who has got the most in the tenets of the sport is what all are prepping for.
Led by the Vice President of the Ghana Taekwondo Federation (GTF), Charles Tsibo Cromwell, the championship promises to be one of a kind, with cash prizes and others at stake.
There will be medals for the best four in each category together with special awards, such as Best Club, Most Promising Referee, Most Promising Coach, and Most Valuable athlete (male & female). Certificates will also be given to all participants.
The championship follows the 13th Korean Ambassadors Cup Taekwondo Championships held in late July for the 10 regions and will be a good opportunity for some athletes to redeem their image, while others would want to double their glory with laurels.
The Diasporans are calling on all to make a date with them and come cheer their wards, friends and siblings to greatness.
The First Diaspora Open taekwondo championship, while keeping athletes active and competitive, is aimed at fostering unity among Taekwondo practitioners both in Ghana and abroad and contributing to the development of the sport in Ghana.
The Korea Sports Complex is the place to be this weekend, see you there!
By: Davis Nii Attuquaye Clottey