At least 30 of the 42 countries that make up the Pan American Taekwondo Union (PATU) are expected to participate in the international events, said the president of the Dominican Taekwondo Federation (Fedotae), Miguel Camacho.
From April 22 to 30, five continental and world taekwondo championships will be held in the country, the Dominican Taekwondo Federation announced on Wednesday.
The championships to be held at the Ricardo (Gioriver) Arias Volleyball Palace of the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Center are the Pan American Cadet, Junior and Senior championships, as well as the Dominican Open and a Children’s Festival of the sport.
The Dominican Republic will host five international taekwondo tournaments from the 42 countries that make up the Pan American Taekwondo Union (PATU), informed the president of the Dominican Taekwondo Federation (Fedotae), Miguel Camacho.
The competitions will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the pomsae (simulated combat) modality, while the inauguration will be at 11:00 a.m.
Another event to be held will be the first Pan American Taekwondo Team Championship, an emerging modality that was an exhibition at the last Tokyo Olympic Games and is now an official part of the program of the Central American and Caribbean Games and the Pan American Games.
The Dominican national team in the men’s category in this new modality will be made up of brothers Luis and Bernardo Pie, Moises Hernandez, while Edward Espinoza is the alternate athlete. While the women’s team has not yet been chosen.
Camacho affirmed that so far some 1,200 athletes have registered and it is expected that by the end the number will reach 1,500.
He pointed out that the level of the participants will be preponderant in these championships, which will provide scores for the next Central American and Caribbean Games San Salvador 2023 and the Pan American Games Santiago de Chile 2023.
“We have been one of the youngest disciplines in the country’s Olympic structure, but we already have at least a couple of Olympic medals and we will continue to forge high-level athletes like the group we currently have,” added Camacho.
He also recalled that the Dominican Republic will be a sub-host of the San Salvador Games with the celebration of seven disciplines, including taekwondo.
Also speaking at the meeting was the honorary president of Fedotae, Adalberto Escoto, who highlighted the celebration of these events, “which will once again show the quality of taekwondo in the country.”
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