Under-12 competition will get together over 1,800 Taekwondo athletes in Malaysia
Young exponents will once again get the chance to pit their skills against their peers from across the country in the Nestle Koko Krunch Junior Taekwondo Championships this year
The Under-12 competition, which will see over 1,800 exponents competing, will kick off with the northern region qualifiers in Ipoh on March 8 before proceeding to the southern leg in Bukit Katil, Malacca on April 5.
The Kuantan Indoor Stadium (Pahang) will host the east coast leg on April 26.
Olympic Council of Malaysia president Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar praised the tournament organisers for consistently providing a valuable development platform for the sport. The event is in its ninth edition this year.
“We have a lot of taekwondo clubs in Malaysia, more than any other martial art in the country,” said Tunku Imran, who officiated the competition launch in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
“Clubs play a big role in developing exponents but they (young exponents) also need competitive exposure to develop.
“They need to start from young and need quality competitions to take their game to the next level,” said Tunku Imran, who is also the Taekwondo Malaysia president.
“The 2016 Rio Olympics may be too soon but I am hoping some of our ‘Koko Krunchers’ will be able to make it to the 2020 and 2024 Games”.
All regional gold medallists qualify to compete in the Grand Finals which will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium on June 1.
In addition to taking home the Nestle Koko Krunch Junior Taekwondo Championships Tunku Imran Challenge Trophy, the club that win the overall title at the Grand Finals will receive RM2,000 prize money while the regional champions will take home RM1,000.
Source: New Straits Times