More than 300 players from different taekwondo clubs in Qatar took part in the Korean Ambassador’s Cup Taekwondo Championships, held recently at the Gharafa Sports Club.
The event, hosted by the South Korean embassy in Doha and in collaboration with the Qatar Taekwondo, Judo and Karate Federation, and Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters), was attended by more than 1,000 aficionados, including Qatar residents and members of the Korean community in Doha.
A one-of-its-kind Kukkiwon taekwondo demonstration by a Korean delegation highlighted the championships, which also featured a number of competitions from different categories.
“The Kukkiwon team has been a pioneer in globalising taekwondo as a leading martial art since the organisation, which is also known as the World Taekwondo Headquarters, founded in 1972. It organised the Kukkiwon taekwondo demonstration team in 1974 – the group has toured over a dozen countries each year since then,” said South Korean ambassador Kim Chang-mo in a press statement.
The envoy was joined by Qatar Taekwondo, Judo and Karate Federation general-secretary Eid Ali al-Muraikhi, Ministry of Culture and Sports’ Sport Affairs Department director Eisa Abdulla al-Harami, and Kukkiwon director Hoi Sang Hwan, as well as other ambassadors, diplomats, dignitaries, and members of expatriate communities (including the Korean community) in Doha, who also witnessed the spectacular live demonstration.
Composed of South Korea’s top 70 taekwondo practitioners, the Kukkiwon team takes pride in spreading taekwondo and Korean culture as civilian diplomats.
Taekwondo combines combat and self-defense techniques with sport and exercise. It is recognised as one of the oldest forms of martial arts in the world, reaching back more than 2,000 years and originated in Korea.