Regional taekwondo training centre in LalitpurWorld Taekwondo President says the facility will be crucial in raising the standard of taekwondo in the country.
The Nepal Taekwondo Association facility in Satdobato on Monday got the official recognition as Regional Training Centre from the World Taekwondo body.
Chungwon Chou, President of World Taekwondo Federation, officially inaugurated the centre making it the 12th such facilities around the world recognised World Taekwondo. Chou said the facility will be crucial in raising the standard of taekwondo in the country. “It is a great project for Nepali taekwondo. We have such facilities around the world having started it for the first time in China in 2008,” said the South Korean national adding the Federation would launch some educational projects in the centre.
Chou also said that Nepal Taekwondo Association will be responsible to run the centre. But the world governing body will provide technical support and proficient manpower as well as necessary equipment to run the centre. Chou also praised the standard of the current infrastructure in place for the centre. “The current facility meets the standard to make it a regional centre. But now it’s up to the local athletes to make the best use of it. Players and officials of other countries can come here and train at the facility in coordination with NTA and WT,” said Chou.Commenting on the duel existence of taekwondoassociation in Nepal, Chou said they only recognises and deals with NepalTaekwondo Academy. He believes there’s no confusion on that regard. NationalSports Council Member Secretary Ramesh Silwal hoped that by setting up theCentre, Nepal can now look to revive the past glories. Nepal had struck 14 taekwondogold medals in the eight South Asian Games held in Kathmandu. The gold medalhaul till date is the best ever achievement in taekwondo.
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