Cambodian Taekwondo athlete Pal Chivorn has been roundly lauded after winning a gold medal at the World ITF Taekwon-do Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
Mr. Keo Remy, President of Southeast Asian Taekwon-do Federation – ITF and Chairman of the Taekwon-do Federation of Cambodia, announced that Chivorn’s gold was the first international gold medal in ITF taekwondo for a Cambodian athlete.
Chivorn defeated Argentina’s Dorado Gabriel and Frenchman Nguyen Truc before emerging victorious over Puerto Rican Datiz Luis in the final on Monday.
The 21st ITF Taekwondo World Championships has seen around 1,500 athletes from 84 countries descend on the European city for the week-long festival.
Chivorn’s remarkable success was also celebrated by Prime Minister Hun Sen who took to social media to praise the youngster.
“Congratulations to Cambodian Taekwon-Do World Championship medallist, reads the post. “This is another proud moment for [Cambodia] to win an international gold medal. Wishing you all the best and for success at the Phnom Penh SEA Games in 2023.”
The ITF-iterant of Taekwon-do is characterised as more traditional, focused on self-defense and is also often called a North Korean school of Taekwon-do.
Last August, Cambodian fighters brought back silver and bronze medals from the International Taekwon-do Federation (ITF) Junior and Veteran World Championships in Minsk, Belarus.