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MOI bags 1st place in ITF Taekwondo nat’l championship

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Opposing players in action during the recently-concluded ITF Taekwondo National Championship 2020. KT/Yuen Punlue

The team from the Ministry of Interior (MOI) bagged the first place in the ITF Taekwondo National Championship 2020.

The MOI team won a total of 14 medals (10 gold, two silver and two bronze) after three days of intense competition at the Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh.

The national championship, which is the biggest domestic event for the Cambodia ITF Taekwondo Federation (CITF), was held from November 27 to 29.

The MOI team exceeded its performance from last’s year’s national championship. The MOI bagged six gold, two silver and three bronze en route to winning the ITF Taekwondo National Championship 2019.

The MOI also won the national championship two years ago after netting five gold, one silver and five bronze medals.

This year, the second place went to the team from the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MOEF). The MOEF team kicked its way to nine medals (five gold, two silver and two bronze).  The team from Kampong Speu province won the third place after collecting three gold, four silver and three bronze medals.

Last year, the MOEF team placed third after finishing with three gold, four silver and five bronze medals.  Pailin province, the runner-up last year, did not make it to the top three this year.

In addition to the MOI and MOEF teams, there were 19 other clubs from the provinces that competed in the national championship.

In his message during the closing ceremony, Keo Remy, chairman of CITF, said they are preparing extensively and look forward to winning many medals in the 2023 Southeast Asian Games.

According to him, they have set a goal of winning at least 15 medals in Southeast Asia’s biggest sports event, which Cambodia will host less than three years from now.

The CITF is intensifying its preparations after the Cambodian SEA Games Organizing Committee added ITF Taekwondo to the list of disciplines that will be contested in the 2023 SEA Games. Before that, ITF Taekwondo has never been included in the SEA Games programme.

In September, 30 ITF Taekwondo referees and umpire completed a weeklong training programme conducted by Master Ri Chol Nam, a well-known North Korean practitioner of the sport.  Prior to that, the CITF hosted a demo and test match between national team players and representatives of various ITF Taekwondo clubs in Phnom Penh and other provinces.

General Choi Hong Hi, a South Korean military officer who later moved to North Korea, founded ITF Taekwondo in 1955.

Its emphasis on head-height kicks, jumping spinning kicks, fast kicking and other self-defence techniques differentiates ITF Taekwondo from traditional Taekwondo. The sport is often referred to as the ‘North Korean school of Taekwondo’.

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