HCM City set for taekwondo tournaments

Ho Chi Minh City will host three continental taekwondo championships later this month.

The 23rd Asian Taekwondo Championships, the fifth Asian Taekwondo Poomsae Championships and the fourth Asian Para-Taekwondo Open Championships will be held at Phu Tho Gymnasium from May 24-28.

According to Truong Ngoc De, President of the Vietnam Taekwondo Federation cum deputy head of the organisers, the tournaments will lure nearly 700 athletes from 50 countries and territories.

Many of them including the hosts consider the tournaments as chances to warm-up ahead of the 18th Asian Games which will be held in Indonesia in August.

Powerhouses such as the Republic of Korea, Iran, China and Thailand will bring their strongest athletes to Vietnam this May.

Vietnamese hopes in the kumite (combat) events such as Ho Thi Kim Ngan and Truong Thi Kim Tuyen are ones to watch. However, De said it would be difficult to take the top podium because their rivals were the strongest in Asia and the world.

In the poomsae (performance) disciplines, coach Nguyen Thanh Huy said his players were ready to triumph after their training in the Republic of Korea recently. The artists will do their best for not only the Asian championships but also the Asian Games where poomsae is set to be held for the first time in history.

Source: VNA