Taekwondo treat as boys' competition begins

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 July, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 July, 2002, 12:00am

Martial arts enthusiasts will be gathering at Hong Kong Park tomorrow for the 10th annual Hong Kong Boys Taekwondo Competition.

The annual boys' event, organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Hong Kong Taekwondo Association (HKTA), will be held at Hong Kong Park Indoor Games Hall tomorrow and next Sunday.

Six hundred boys aged eight to 15 will compete in two age groups which are divided into 15 different weight categories each.

All participants must be HKTA members and have at least a green belt and go up to the red-belt level. They will compete for gold, silver and two bronze medals in each division.

'Taekwondo is a very popular sport in Hong Kong,' said HKTA spokesperson Susannah Lo Oi-ho. 'We have 38 clubs in our membership and there are over 2,000 people training in community and sports centres around the region.'

Girls get their chance in a separate tournament next month.

Taekwondo is a modern martial art which originated in Korea and was developed by General Choi Hong-ho who died this week.

Choi developed it as a self-defence system which is executed according to the bio-mechanical principles of the most effective human limb movement.

The boys' competition begins at 9am tomorrow.

For more information, call the HKTA on 2881 0871.