Taekwondo championship to take place in Mumbai

November 26th, 2008 - 11:16 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 26 (IANS) Taekwondo will be seen in India in a new avatar with world famous K-Tigers demonstrating their art for the first time in the country.Jainawala’s Sports Training & Research Centre (JSTARC), which will organise “Open Taekwando Games ‘09″, is one of the only three non-Korean Taekwondo institutes around the world to get the affiliation of the K-Tigers.

The event will held at D. Y. Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai, Jan 9-11.

The aim is to promote the sport not only as a means of self-defence but also a fitness programme involving acrobatics, aerobics and and jazz dance.

As many as 600 school kids from 100 schools and 400 corporate working professionals apart from over 2,000 Taekwondo practitioners will participate in the event.

“When we talk of Taekwondo as a sport to fight, we are limiting it only to youngsters. But what about the children and older people? We aim to bring out that facet of the sport that would make it attractive to larger audience of different age-group,” said Nilesh Jainawala, CEO and technical director, JSTARC.

The five member K-tiger team is led by Grand Master Ahn Hak-Sun.

A 30 to 50-member high-level Korean delegation will attend the event and conduct workshops and officiate the championship.

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