Davao karateka battles Vietnam opponent today

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Friday, December 13, 2013


DAVAO City-born Rexor Romaquin Tacay fights a Vietnam bet when he sees action today in the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games karate competiiton at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium in Myanmar.

He is competing in the -67 kgs. men's individual kumite and men's team kumite events of the biennial sportsfest.

Tacay, according to his elder brother Bern Rexander, vowed to give his best in every match.

"All he promised is he will give everything and fight his heart out for the honor of his country," Bern said in Facebook chat conversations with Sun.Star Davao.

He said Rex underwent intensive training for two months in Iran where he sparred with the best karatekas there.

Rex, who clinched a team silver in the 26th SEA Games in Palembang, Indonesia, aims to better his performance this year.

He had won two gold medals in the 2013 Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) National Games last summer.

He joined the national team after bagging ne gold and one bronze in the 2011 POC-PSC National Games. He then made his debut in the Asian Karate Federation in Guangzhou, China and in the World Karate Federation Juniors in Melaka, Malaysia.

The five-foot-nine ace also took two golds in the 2012 POC-PSC National Games in May 2012 before joining the WKF Premier League in Busan, South Korea in August of the same year.

Rex, whose father was the late martial artist Ricardo Tacay, started playing karate at age five.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 14, 2013.

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