Adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the Championship, Sayed Hassan Rezay from Afghanistan was awarded a Hyundai Eon Car on the last day of the tournament. "I am very happy after winning this championship because this is the first time I am playing in India, although I have won many medals at an International level," said Rezay, who won the gold in senior men above 18 category.

Abhishek Dubey, who received a gold medal in senior men Poomsae category for the best player, said he is delighted to win the gold in his last championship. "This was my last championship as a player and now I will continue to coach my students at a national level," said the 23-year-old international coach from Mumbai, who received a LG Blueray DVD Players.

"I have won internationally also and it is a great feeling to win a gold medal as a part of my last championship," coach added. MC Sowmya, who won a gold medal in senior women Poomsae above 18 category, said: "I started my career from the age of 4 and have won many awards at national and state level tournament. My father was also an Olympic referee who has always motivated me towards this game."

Organized by the Korean Cultural Center, the Taekwondo Championship concluded on Sunday at the Talkatora Stadium. HE Joon-gyu Lee, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea along with Randhir Singh, Committee member of the International Olympic, inaugurated the championship as a part of the celebrations of Indo-Korean 40th Diplomatic year.

The Special Guest for the event was Professor Kyu Seok Lee, 9th day black belt, who is the Member of Council-World Taekwondo Federation, senior vice-president Asian Taekwondo Union (ATU) and Secretary General-Asian Taekwondo Union (ATU). Kim-kum Pyoung, the Director of the Korean Cultural Centre heads the championship and the Chairman of the Organizing Committee is Grandmaster Lee Jeong-hee, Kukkiwon-World Taekwondo Headquarters grandmaster and Sports General Manager-Korean Cultural Centre India.

"The championship is an endeavour to bring together promising athletes from all over the nation and provide them with a platform to showcase their talent," said Kim Kum Pyoung, the Director of the Korean Cultural Centre. The opening and closing ceremony witnessed an act by the World's finest taekwondo demonstration team from Kukkiwon-World Taekwondo Headquarters, Korea.

A breathtaking blindfolded act was also a part of the 25 minutes spectacular performance by 15 children. Different categories of championship took place in the three day tournament. There was Sub-junior categories under 14 for boys and girls, Junior category under 18 boys and girls and Senior category above 18 men and women.


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