The 1st Korean Ambassador’s Kukkiwon Cup-India Open National Taekwondo Championship 2013 ended with great style and class yesterday at the Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi with Sayed Hassan Rezay winning the Hyundai Eon car, the prize for the Most Valuable Player of the Championship. The final fight for the most valuable player was between Hassan and Rohllah Ansari. Rohllah who works at the Korean Cultural Centre-India was handed over the key of the Car by Hassan which many felt as a great sportsman spirit. Hassan’s words were, “I am very happy after winning this championship because this is the first time I am playing in India, although I have won many medals at an International level,” It was then followed by a breath taking performance by the Kukkiwon Demonstration Team which received accolades from everyone in the crowd.

 

Besides this, Abhishek Dubey received a gold medal in senior men Poomsae category for the best player, the LG Blu Ray Player.  It was his last championship as an athlete and now he would explore his potential as a coach training young guns for the National Team. There were other young athletes who won Gold, Silver and Bronze in their respective weight categories and in the Poomsae division. The inauguration of the Championship as a part of the celebrations of Indo-Korean 40th Diplomatic year was done by H E Joon-gyu Lee, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea along with Randhir Singh, Committee member of the International Olympic. ‘Taekwondo’ which is a Korean Martial Art is also the National Sport of Korea and it is a great way to strengthen the bi-lateral relation between both the countries through this sport. Professor Kyu Seok Lee was the special guest of the event. He is currently  the Member of Council-World Taekwondo Federation, Senior Vice-President-Asian Taekwondo Union (ATU) and Secretary General-Asian Taekwondo Union (ATU). Kim-kum Pyoung, the Director of the Korean Cultural Centre heads the championship and the Chairman of the Organizing Committee was Grandmaster Lee Jeong-hee, Kukkiwon-World Taekwondo Headquarters grandmaster and Sports General Manager-Korean Cultural Centre India. The organizing committee thanked everyone for the participation and for making this event a successful one. The closing ceremony of the event was as emphatic as the opening ceremony. “Great crowd, superb athletes and some great memories to be taken away”, said one of the parents of an athlete, but soon he added, “We need to see more female athletes coming in an joining this sport.” There were many Indian athletes who could not participate in this event because of some Govt. run federation policy limitations. The ones who participated wished to have more tournaments like this to have exposure.  The organizing committee assured that next time it is going to be bigger than this and that it will cover athletes from the entire Asian sub-continent. The official dates will be decided and communicated to all. The interested candidates can then register themselves with Korean Cultural Center-India.