More than 125 foreign athletes will participate in SFOC Taekwondo

RAWALPINDI: More than 125 athletes from 15 different countries will compete in the Chief of Staff of the Army (COAS) G-1 International Taekwondo Championship which takes place here at the Liaquat Gymnasium from November 6.

The opportunity will be ideal for the athletes to raise their international ranking by finishing first in each category. Pakistan Taekwondo Federation (PTF) President Col. (r) Muhammad Wasim at a press conference on Monday said about 450 athletes and officials from 15 different countries will gather here over the next two weeks to participate in the competition.

“Some important ranking points will also be offered in addition to the importance of the event itself. This is a golden opportunity for local athletes to make a name for themselves. Besides the host country, athletes from Afghanistan, Albania, Nepal, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Oman, Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Morocco, United Arab Emirates (UAE), from El-Salvador, Croatia and the WT Refuge team will be seen in action. India has also been invited to the competition.

“We have not received any response from India so far,” he said. The president of the PTF described the event as important for the competitors following the mega-events to come.

“The event is important for aspiring athletes as the improved ranking would ensure easy access for them to international events in the months to come. We expect some exciting competition over the next week. He hopes the international exhibition will help top Pakistani athletes prepare well for the upcoming South Asian Games which will be hosted by Pakistan in less than 18 months.

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