Hundreds seen on 2014 CAR TKD tourney

SOME 400 taekwondo jins from the Baguio City and other neighboring areas are expected to gather at the PFVR gym on September 6 as the 2014 CAR Taekwondo Championships kick off.

Backed by the Cordillera Administrative Region Taekwondo Association (CARTA), the annual sports tournament is celebrated in part with the month long charter celebration of the city.

Taekwondo coach Arnold Oglayon told Sun. Star Baguio they expect hundreds of participants who will be competing in the various age group categories and divisions of the pomsae and sparring contests.

"So far invitations had been handed out as early as last month. We hope to gather more competitors this time as we aim to develop and promote this martial art amongst our young and senior athletes," Oglayon said.

He said some 300 participants coming from the Summer Capital alone will be competing in the grade school division up to the seniors division.

“There will be around 300 from Baguio, other teams from the region including low landers are also expected to appear during the tournament,” Oglayon said.

Organizers of the event said the tournament was arranged to unite local and visiting martial artists in fostering camaraderie and brotherhood in a highly competitive atmosphere.

They said medals and trophies will be awarded to winning competitors in the tournament.

Apart from taekwondo, at least nine other major sporting events were lined up to be included for the 105th Baguio City's Charter Month.

Other following sport events include the National Arnis Championships 2014 slated September 19-20 to be held at the Baguio Convention Center, Baguio day archery Age Group Competition on September 20-21, the annual Mr. Baguio Body Building contest September 26, Baguio Sports for Peace Regional 3-in-1 championship showcasing wrestling, weighlifting and muaySeptember 26-28, and the Baguio Day Run on September 28.

Earlier during the weekend, some of the sport events were already completed including the 2nd I-Bag’iw Mountain Bike Crossroad Challenge and the Baguio Day Scrabble Tournament.


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