Taek­wondo trainer to im­part skills

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

LE­SOTHO Taek­wondo As­so­ci­a­tion ( LTA) Pres­i­dent Moshoeshoe Mokake says South Korea trainer, Duk­whi Lee, who ar­rived in Le­sotho on Tues­day, would leave a last­ing legacy and take the sport to an­other level.

Ac­cord­ing to Mokake, Lee who was wel­comed by Sport Min­is­ter Mathi­beli Mokhothu, would im­part his ex­per­tise on taek­wondo en­thu­si­asts and help in­crease in­ter­est in the Korean mar­tial art. He said LTA had a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship with South Korea, re­sult­ing in the Asian coun­try dis­patch­ing top class taek­wondo in­struc­tors over the years.

“Our in­ten­tion is to train lo­cal coaches that will take over when Lee fin­ishes the train­ing. “The fo­cus will also be on build­ing a team that can rep­re­sent the coun­try in the world cham­pi­onships in which we have never par­tic­i­pated. Our tar­get is also to re­gain the re­spect that we used to have in­ter­na­tion­ally and I think there are signs al­ready that we are on the right track,” said Mokake.

He said the LTA held the Am­bas­sadors’ Cup taek­wondo cham­pi­onship that in­cluded par­tic­i­pants from Botswana and Swazi­land “to show our ap­pre­ci­a­tion to South Korea”.

“It was a very suc­cess­ful tour­na­ment that was also at­tended by of­fi­cials from the Korean Em­bassy who were very im­pressed with the event.”

He said the tour­na­ment lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions even though par­tic­i­pants from Malawi, Zim­babwe and Mozam­bique were un­able to come due to fi­nan­cial con­straints.

“It was a bit sim­i­lar to what we had last year, since the two coun­tries that man­aged to par­tic­i­pate in the tour­na­ment were Botswana and Swazi­land, and we had to use the round robin sys­tem to de­cide the win­ners.

“Le­sotho were the over­all win­ners and the South Korean em­bassy was very happy and have vowed to sup­port our as­so­ci­a­tion and the sport,” he said.

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