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ITF Taekwondo hosts National Championships

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ITF Taekwondo Cambodia is bidding for a spot at the 2023 SEA Games. KT / Yeun Punlue

Fans flocked to the National Stadium for the closing ceremony of the ITF Taekwondo National Championships on Sunday.

Organised by the Cambodia Taekwon-Do ITF Federation under the auspices of the Ministry of Education Youth And Sports, Kao Makara, deputy secretary-general of the federation said this year’s competition consisted of 16 clubs and two ministries; the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Economy and Finance

The Ministry of Interior were overall winners taking home 11 medals, including 6 gold medals, 2 silver and 3 bronze. Ministry of Economy and Finance were runners-up with 11 medals; 5 gold medals, 1 silver and 5 bronzes. . Kampong Speu province were awarded five medals made up of three gold medals and two bronze medals.

The federation also held an event to celebrate the year on International Human Rights Day. It is ramping up its efforts as the sport seeks a presence at the 2023 Phnom Penh SEA Games.

Cambodia’s ITF Taekwondo team are continuing to showcase their martial arts talents as they push to be included at the 2023 Phnom Penh SEA Games .

An official bid for inclusion of the ITF-iterant of Taekwon-do in the 2023 Phnom Penh SEA Games was made by the Southeast Asian Federation of ITF-Taekwondo last week.

Keo Remy, President of Southeast Asian Taekwon-Do Federation – ITF and Chairman of the Taekwondo Federation of Cambodia revealed the bid was first discussed in March, during the annual meeting of Southeast Asian ITF Taekwon-do federations. The bid for inclusion garnered official support from regional neighbours Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia.

Latest developments has resulted in an official bid for inclusion made by the Southeast Asian ITF Taekwondo Federation with an official letter addressed to Thong Khon, President of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC).

The SEA Games already hosts a WTF Taekwondo event, however, the ITF equivalent is not yet a regular on the region’s biggest sporting spectacle. The ITF-iterant is characterised as more traditional and focused on self-defense and is also often called a North Korean school of Taekwondo.

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