Preparations over for national open taekwondoThe two-day competition is slated to commence on Friday at Ratnanagar in east Chitwan.
The players will compete in a total of 46 weight categories including 24 in men and 22 in women. Eight weight categories have been identified for Pumse in the event organised under joint cooperation of International Open Friendly Taekwondo Championship (IOFTC) and Lalitpur Friendly Taekwondo Dojang. Athletes from 40 districts, departmental teams Nepal Police Club, Tribhuvan Army Club and several other Dojang players will compete for 54 gold medals.
The men’s category includes U-54kg, U-58kg, U-63kg, U-68kg, U-74kg and U-80kg while the participants in the women’s category will contest at U-46kg, U-49kg, U-53kg and U-57kg.
Five best athletes in above 18 years, three in the men’s and two in the women’s category will be awarded Rs 100,000 each in cash award. Meanwhile, the IOFTC has said that the best three players in the men’s category and two from the women’s category will be sent to participate at the International Open Friendly Taekwondo Championship scheduled for May next year in Michigan in the United States of America.
According to the organisers, best player, referee, coach, best team and best taekwondo performer are also to receive 25,000 rupees each. The tournament is being organized at an investment of Rs 1.4 million.