Taekwondo Championships in Ho Chi Minh City, Alongside Charity Event

The 6th Junior Taekwondo World Championship 2006 will kick off in Ho Chi Minh City, on July 26. 1,030 contestants from 66 countries and territories will compete in 20 weight categories (10 female) for 10 hours a day on four mats at Phu Tho Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City until July 31.

Nearly 200 volunteers have ensured that the event’s preparation has run smoothly before the opening ceremony on July 25. Admission to the championship is free for all.

Aiming to ensure fair refereeing and judgment at the Junior Championship, the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) also hosted international referee training courses from July 19 to 22.

Vietnamese teams will compete in the tournament at all weight levels, but it is hard to gauge the team’s chances as its stars have no international experience and have only competed on an Asian level. Korea is the favorite going into the event, followed by Taiwan, France, Iran and Germany. However the teams are young and unpredictable, and there are sure to be surprises during the championship.

Injunction with the championship, the event’s gold sponsor, Samsung Vina, will hold an Olympian jog on July 29, in cooperation with the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Physical Training and Sport to raise funds for city sport programs.

Nearly 3,000 people are expected to join in the jog, including officials and athletes of the Junior Taekwondo Championship, alongside Ho Chi Minh City’s residents.

Reported by Tuan Thanh – Translated by Hoang Uy

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