SIBU: Sarawak Taekwondo Federation (STF) will be sending a 13-strong contingent to represent Malaysia for the 2016 China Global Taekwondo Championship to be held in Xiamen from Aug 15-17.
Team manager Pang Ming Siing played down the chances of returning with any gold medal, saying it was STA’s first outing in the tournament.
“However, we are confident of returning with medals,” he added after receiving the colours from Sibu Municipal Council chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King on Wednesday afternoon.
Also there were STF president Dr Henry Toh, coaches Ling Ling, Leong King Fook and Michael Wong, with the 13 exponents, namely Lesli Pang, Louis Pang, Emmanuel Pang, Lee Hock Xiang, Lee Xue Wei, Simon Sii, Andrew Wong, Ava Wong Jin Yi, Wong Chieng Chieng, Danny Chin Kah Ong, Josephine Chin Jia Jia, Raymond Chieng Ching Bing and Shirley Ngu.
The competitors, with age ranging from nine to 17, will compete in both poomsae and kyorugi. Besides Malaysia, other countries in the field are Taiwan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea.
Tiong reminded the players to gun for gold to make the country proud.
“This is a chance for your showcase. Stay focused, go all out and come back with pride.”
Separately, STF will also send a team of 16 exponents for the 5th Asia Zone Open Taekwondo Championship to be held in Kota Kinabalu on Aug 19-20. The team managers are Sia Mee Yieng and Mary Carmella Krishnan while the coaches are Wong Ing Sing, Chan Mei Fah, tan Kian Hock and James Henry Nuga.