The Ghana Taekwondo Federation has called on the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and the Korean Resident Association to reenergize their business.
The call was made by the President of the GTF, Frederick Lartey Otu, during the opening ceremony of the 10th Korean Cup Taekwondo Championships currently ongoing at the Korea Sports Complex on Thursday, December 6, 2018.
In delivering his welcome address at the 10th Anniversary Championship, the President proposed to the entire Korean Community to strongly support the sport to make it a household name in Ghana.
“I wish to emphatically say that, even though we have come a long way, it is a new beginning to reenergizing the company between Taekwondo Federation and not only the Embassy of the Republic of Korea but also the Korea resident Association in Ghana. We have reached a threshold where the GTF and the Korea Community will work together for greater cooperation to make Taekwondo a household name and the leading sports in Ghana. I appeal to the Korean community to come in strongly and support Taekwondo.”
The GTF has over the years received support from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea as the National Sports Authority only funds the national team for the all African games.
The hard-pressed GTF proposed that the Korean Sports Complex should serve as a Centre for Taekwondo excellence with sponsorship from the Korean Community where Taekwondo training will be offered for schools and national teams; the Korean Community should Sponsor a second annual Taekwondo Championships that will be co-organized with the GTF to mark the annual Korea week; and that the Embassy of the Republic of Korea should revive the annual ‘I love Taekwondo video contest’ as research has shown, it is making Taekwondo popular in Ghana.
These proposals, the GTF believes will promote cultural network between Korea and Ghana. The GTF then presented a Citation to His Excellency, the Ambassador of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Kim Seong Soo.
This year’s Korean Cup Championships which ends on Saturday, December 8, has seen an addition of cadet and juniors that brings turning a point to the annual flagship tournament. The Opening Ceremony was attended by high dignitaries, including Majid Bawa and Saka Acquaye and Charles Amofa of the NSA, Presidents Paul Atchoe and Theophilus Wilson Ezah of Volleyball and Swimming respectively and the GOC president, Ben Nunoo Mensah among others.
Taekwondo is an internationalized Korean Culture and the fastest growing combat sport practised by 209 countries worldwide. The interest has seen many Schools add the sport to their extra curricular activities.