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Taipei to host two-day international taekwondo event

Staff Writer, with CNA

Some of Asia’s best taekwondo athletes will gather in Taipei for a two-day competition when the Taipei City Cup begins on Aug. 16, city officials said yesterday.

This year’s Taipei City Cup Taekwondo Open marks the first time in more than 20 years that the city has hosted an international taekwondo competition.

The event will see seven teams from five countries — Taiwan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam — as well as Hong Kong, compete at the Taipei Stadium, the venue for the bouts.

An estimated 100 contestants are expected to take part.

Chinese Taipei Taekwondo Association president Angus Hsu (許安進) said at a press conference in Taipei that he hoped the event would satisfy the expectation of local fans who love the sport.

“Taekwondo is one of the very few sports that secures Taiwan a place in the Olympic Games,” he said.

Chen Tung-hua of the Taipei Taekwondo Association said contestants would have to wear traditional sparring equipment, rather than electronic gear, to avoid confusion.

He said several famed local taekwondo fighters, including Chen Yu-hsuan (陳郁萱) and Chen Chieh (陳捷), would represent Taiwan at the tournament.

The Taipei City Government will invite more taekwondo athletes and make the event even larger next year, he said.

He also suggested international athletes tour Taipei and experience the nation’s hospitality after the tournament ends on Aug. 17.

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