Two in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments for Taek­wondo

Observer on Saturday - - Sport - By Sibu­siso Masilela

TAEK­WONDO – The Taek­wondo na­tional team will com­pete in two in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions set to take place in March.

The com­pe­ti­tions are the African Se­nior cham­pi­onships and the World Pres­i­dent Cup both slated for March at venues yet to be an­nounced by the World Taek­wondo Fed­er­a­tion (WTF).

The com­pe­ti­tions will also help the lo­cal side to pre­pare for next year’s All Africa Games likely to take place in Egypt.

The New Year proves to be busy one for the Swazi­land Taek­wondo As­so­ci­a­tion (STA) as they also send the ju­nior na­tional squad to the Youth Olympics Qual­i­fiers in June.

The As­so­ci­a­tion Sec­re­tary Mbon­geni Sibandze said they were still work­ing on the lo­gis­tics of the na­tional teams when con­tacted yes­ter­day.

“We are still go­ing to dis­cuss the cal­en­dar and bud­get of the na­tional teams who will be com­pet­ing in var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions this year. We will also draw a bud­get plan for the teams since we want them to gain in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure by com­pet­ing with other coun­tries” he said.

The STA will on Jan­uary 27 host a ref­er­ee­ing course at the Olym­pAfrica Cen­tre where they will be align­ing lo­cal of­fi­cials with the in­ter­na­tional rules & reg­u­la­tions.

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