[By NBC-1TV H. J Yook]BURNABY, Canada (Nov. 16, 2016) – Gold medals went to Iran and Vietnam in the female categories, while Korea won both golds up for grabs in the male divisions on Day 1 of the 2016 WTF World Taekwondo Junior Championships.
The championships, which WTF President Chungwon Choue called “a road map to Tokyo 2020” features athletes aged 15-17. Burnaby’s Bill Copeland Sports Centre was full to the bursting point, and with many nations fielding vocal, 20-person teams, the event rocked to a noisy aural backdrop.
With 846 competitors and 458 officials registered, representing 102 countries, Burnaby 2016 is the biggest World Juniors ever.
On the first day of the five-day competition, the lightest weight divisions were contested, with medals available in the Female -42kg, Female -44kg, Male -45kg and Male -48kg categories.
Female -42kg The final match of the Female -42kg category saw Mobina Nejad Katesari of Iran face off against the taller Irene Laguna Perez of Spain. But it was the Iranian, unintimidated, who opened the scoring, making contact with a head kick for three points. The Spaniard returned fire,
sparking a series of lively exchanges, but the round ended 3-0. Very early in the second, the Iranian landed a second head shot to go up 6-0 - encouraged by her very vocal coach, whose shrieked instructions drowned out the crowd. Nejad Katesair fought much of the remainder of the round on the back foot, but offered her opponent an impenetrable defense, even when fighting from the perimeter of the mats. In the third, Laugna Perez went into full-on attack mode, and her coach appealed a head shot; it was rejected. The Iranian scored again,
to go 7-0 up, then her coach, too, appealed a head shot; it too was rejected. When action resumed, she connected again with a kick to the body. The match ended 8-0 to the Nejad Katesair, leaving Laguna Perez with silver. The Iranian girl has a rare combination of head-kick accuracy and fortress-like defense – surely, a star of tomorrow.
Bronzes went to Sofia Zampetti of Italy and Karina Ushakova of Russia. Female -44kg In the Female -44kg category finals, Maria Calderon of Costa Rica took on Thi Kim Ngan Ho of Vietnam. Both fighters started fast and both visited the mats in a clash, but then settled; the round ended 0-0. In the second, the taller Vietnamese girl landed a head kick, going three points up, ending the round 3-0. In the third, Calderon was desperately trying to land, but could just not get past Ho’s long and very versatile front leg, and lost another point on penalties. In the last 12 seconds, things got rough as the frustrated Calderon attacked and Ho went down outside the mats, losing two points for falling twice, and then a third time, but still ending it 5-2, taking gold and leaving Calderon with the silver.
Bronzes were won by Derya Esme of Turkey and Abigail Faye Valdez of the Philippines Male -45kg n the male -45kg category, Cheng Chun Chang of Chinese Taipei – who had impressed the taekwondo punditry earlier in the day by handily beating a succession of taller opponents with a fearless, attacking style – took on Jun-seo Bae of Korea. Round 1 was gently paced, with both lads feeling out the distance, Bae kicking more, Chang using footwork to stay out of trouble. It ended 0-0. In Round 2, Chang raised his game, but it was the Korean who lit up the scoreboard, winning three points with a fast and perfectly aimed combination of 1-2-3 body kicks. The round ended 3-0 to Bae. In the final round, Bae had found the range, going four, then five points up. Chang tried a series of high spinning kicks, but was unable to land. The match ended 5-0 – a very skillful display by the Korean, giving him gold and leaving Chang with the silver.
Bronzes were shared by Ayaz Ganbarli of Azerbaijan and Yutthaya Khongkraphan of Thailand. Male -48kg In the male -48kg category, Jae-hee Mok of Korea did battle with Saran Tangchatkaew of Thailand in what was arguably the most spectacular match of the evening. In Round 1, Mok scored to the body almost immediately, going one point up and igniting cheers from his teammates. But the Thai shot back with a fierce series of body shots and the tempo rose, both lads firing kicks with real venom. The Korean went two up, then appeared to land with a face kick. His coach appealed and it was rewarded. Tangchatkaew fell twice and the round ended 6-0 to Mok. Round 2
saw more action with ax kicks, spinning back kicks and punches flying fast and furious from both fighters, but with no score from either. In the third, Bae went up to nine after firing a body punch-head kick combo, while his constant movement and attacks were making it almost impossible for the Thai’s target radar to lock on. With the round only half over, Bae landed a picture-perfect ax kick to Tangchatkaw’s face, ending the match 12-0 on point difference. It had been a masterly display of fast-moving, accurate taekwondo by Mok that gave him a deserved gold and Tangchatkaew the silver. Mok’s victory, following Bae’s, suggests that Korea’s taekwondo talent pipeline is positively gushing.
Georgios Ioannou of Greece and Ting Wei Tai of Chinese Taipei went home with bronzes. Opening Ceremony Prior to the finals, the opening ceremony featured an honor guard of Royal Canadian Mounted Police in full dress uniform, and was themed after the diversity and multiculturalism that defines both the city of Burnaby and the WTF. It featured a local choir, a native Canadian wolf dance troupe, Highland pipes and drums, and a drum, dance and taekwondo performance.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Choue kicked off the “THF Challenge,” designed to raise funds for the WTF’s humanitarian initiative, the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation, or THF. The challenge, themed “Break Boards, Change Lives” involves breaking boards, pledging donations, and then posting related videos online.
He was joined in the challenge by Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan, who won applause with a pledge of $5000, and by WTF Council Member Ali Sagirkaya, who raised laughs when he smashed a board with his (bald) head.
A THF booth has been set up in the venue so that athletes and visitors can take the challenge over the next four days. Choue also urged the taekwondo grassroots worldwide to get involved. All funds raised will go to support taekwondo programs in refugee camps.
Just prior to the award ceremony, Kukkiwon President Hyun-deuk Oh, African Taekwondo Union President General Ahmed Fouly, Asian Taekwondo Union President, Kyu-seok Lee and Pan American Taekwondo Union President Ji-ho Choi, all took the THF Challenge.
Lee impressed the crowd by asking them to nominate a technique – the technically difficult spinning back kick was chosen – and which foot they wanted him to use. He then shattered three boards with so much power that the board holder was hit by the remains. Making Lee’s feat doubly impressive is his age: He is over 70. Competition resumes tomorrow.
[NBC-1TV 박승훈 기자]이종철 미국 뉴저지 팰리세이즈팍 부시장이 타운의회에서 시의장으로 재선출돼 팰팍 타운에서 부시장과 시의장을 겸직하게 됐다. 팰팍 타운의회는 6일 이 부시장의 시의장 임명안을 표결에 부쳐 만장일치로 선임했다. 이 부시장은 지난 2012년에도 시의장직을 수행한 바 있다. 팰팍 시의장은 1년 임기로 타운의회를 이끄는 최고 의사 결정권자로 시장이 공석 등으로 업무를 수행하지 못할 경우 시장 권한대행을 할 수 있다. 한편 이 부시장은 일본군 위안부 기념비를 팰팍시에 세계 최초로 설치했으며, 공립학교에 한글을 제2외국어로 지정하고 한식을 공립학교에 점심 급식으로 제공하는 추진력을 발휘했으며, 팰팍 중심도로에 Korea Way 설치에도 발벗고 나섰다.
[By NBC-1TV K, Y Yi]WUXI, China (Jan 6, 2018) – A highly entertaining second Saturday of the super-elite World Taekwondo (WT) Grand Slam 2017/18 series, which pits the best twelve athletes in each Olympic weight category against each other, took place today, with athletes competing in the Female -67kg and male -68kg categories. In the unpredictable female competition, third seed Ruth Gbagbi of Cote d’Ivoire came out on top after impressively defeating dark horse YunfeiGuo of Team China in the final by 10:6. The Rio 2016 bronze medallist has been in excellent form recently and her fearsome, al
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[NBC-1TV 이경찬 기자]문재인 대통령은 2일 오전 국립서울현충원 참배로 새해 첫 공식일정을 시작했다. 문 대통령은 이날 오전 8시 이낙연 국무총리와 김동연 경제부총리, 김상곤 사회부총리, 김부겸 행정안전부 장관을 비롯한 각 국무위원, 임종석 대통령 비서실장 등 20여 명과 함께 현충원을 찾아 현충탑에 헌화하고, 순국선열과 호국영령의 넋을 기렸다. 현충탑에 도착한 문 대통령은 '대통령 문재인'이라고 적힌 화환을 순국선열과 호국영령에게 헌화한 후 분향·묵념했다. 한편 이 총리와 각 국무위원은 미리 현충원에 도착해 문 대통령을 영접했다.
[NBC-1TV 이광윤 보도국장]문재인 대통령이 3박 4일의 중국 국빈방문 일정을 마치고 16일 늦은 밤 서울공항을 통해 귀국했다. 문 대통령의 이번 방문에서는 국빈의전에 심각한 민낯을 보인 중국측의 외교상 결례가 발생하여 양국이 앞으로 풀어야 할 과제가 남게 되었다. 문 대통령은 15일 충칭에 있는 대한민국 임시정부 청사를 방문하고 김구 선생의 흉상에 헌화한 후 독립 유공자 후손들을 만났다. 이어 현대지동차 충칭공장을 방문해 현장 근로자들을 격려하고 협력사 대표들을 만나 양국 경제협력의 가교가 되어달라고 당부했다.