Dates set for taekwondo tourney
THE Lesotho Taekwondo Association (LTA) is set to host the third edition of the Korean ambassador’s Cup over two days next month.
the tournament takes place in Maseru from 5-6 December and honours Korea’s contribution to lesotho taekwondo.
lta president Moshoeshoe Molapo told the Lesotho Times: “taekwondo has its roots in South Korea and they in turn, introduced the sport in our country in 1972.
“initially, taekwondo was only taught within the army for self-defence and it was well-received so much that the lesotho Defence Force deployed their outstanding players and coaches in all districts of the country to open taekwondo clubs.”
Molapo further said the sport grew from strength to strength until lesotho became an international force, winning medals in the process.
“Since those early days, many Korean coaches have come to lesotho to further develop the sport and the results have been there for everyone to see,” said Molapo.
However, Molapo admitted standards dropped soon after South Korea recalled its coaches in the 1990s. the two nations have since resumed their ties, and Molapo is optimistic lesotho would soon be dominant in taekwondo on the continental stage once again.
“Despite the return of the Koreans to revive the sport, it has not been easy due to the global financial meltdown.
“But we have been given a chance to get a coach from South Korea once again and we hope his presence will help us revive the sport.
“it is worth noting that South Korea has been paying for these coaches and helping us with other logistics over the years. Yet despite us hosting this competition to honour their contribution to local taekwondo, they are also sponsors in this year’s championship,” he said.
Molapo also revealed a number of local companies had injected M100 000 into next month’s championship.
“When the championship was first held in 2013, countries such as Botswana, South africa, Swaziland and Mozambique were represented in the tournament,” Molapo said.
“i am happy to announce that these nations would be part of this year’s championship, and hopefully Zimbabwe as well.”