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MOI once again dominates ITF Taekwondo C’ships

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Athletes in action during the ITF Taekwondo National Championships. KT/Yeun Punleau

The team from the Ministry of Interior (MOI) once again dominated the recently-concluded ITF Taekwondo National Championships 2019.

After four days, the MOI team recorded six gold, two silver and three bronze medals to win the annual competition.

Last year, the MOI team also topped the tournament after winning six gold, two silver and three bronze.

The event, which was held at the Olympic Stadium from Nov 28 to Dec 1, was organised by the Cambodia Taekwondo ITF Federation (CTIF) and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.

The second place went to a team from Pailin province, which took home four gold, one silver and four bronze.

The team from the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MOEF) placed third after a medal haul that included three gold, four silver and five bronze.  Last year, the MOEF team bagged the second place with five gold, one silver and five bronze.

Kampong Speu, which placed third in 2018, was not among the top three finishers this year.

Some 163 taekwondo players (101 men and 61 women) from 18 clubs across the Kingdom participated in the tournament.  The other provinces that sent teams to compete in the tournament include Phnom Penh, Kandal and Banteay Meanchey.

Eleven of the 18 participating clubs came from Phnom Penh, three from Kandal, two from Kampong Speu and one each from Banteay Meanchey and Pailin.

There were four categories for the event: martial arts, special techniques, group self-defense techniques and combat.

The winners received their medals during the closing ceremony on Sunday.

In his message during the closing ceremony, Keo Remy, president of the CTIF, thanked all the players and clubs that participated in the tournament.

He said the event allowed everyone to see the progress of the taekwondo athletes in the Kingdom. “Players should train and practice hard with focus so they will succeed in the future,” he said.

Taekwondo has gained popularity in the Kingdom ever since Sorn Seavmey won a gold medal in the women under-73kg event in the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea.


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