Taekwondo trainer to impart skills
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.