The Philippine Taekwondo Association (PTA) will be holding its inaugural 2020 Online National Speed Kicking Championships this weekend.
PTA Secretary General Rocky Samson said the tournament, which is the first around the world, will give local jins a platform to showcase skills they have been honing during home quarantine.
"This will showcase display of techniques, kyorugi movements, and different kicking skills in 60 seconds," said Samson.
More than 1,600 participants are expected to join in various categories, which include for toddlers (7 year old and younger), grade-schoolers, cadets, juniors and seniors.
Members of the national squad are mandated to join.
The online tournament was conceptualized following the recent Online Daeu Open European Poomsae Championships in May, in which 3 Filipino jins won gold medals.
Samson said the speed kicking championships is just one of several tournaments the PTA, the sport's national governing body, is lining up for the country's taekwondo jins.
Online tournaments will be part of the new norm for taekwondo, as contact sports are still prohibited by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) due to COVID-19.
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