The Taekwondo competition ended on a high note on Friday at the Stade Jesse Owens in Val de Reuil with technical officials extremely delighted at the spectacular display and high level of conduct displayed by the young competitors at ISF Gymnasiade Normandy 2022.
The co-ordinator of the ISF Taekwondo Technical Commission, Raj Kumar Kharki from Nepal, said the athletes performed to the highest technical standards possible in Normandy 2022 and some have now qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
“The event was really high level competition. The athlete are from all over the world that are participating here. I came to know that and we found that the athlete are really high level. It’s like world and Olympic levels, and they are qualified,” said Kharki. “Their performance is really high level performance. It is a highest platform for the school level athletes.”
He said the technical commission was particularly impressed with the high standards of comradeship and friendship among the athletes, and the way they have adapted, and took on board the new events introduced to the competition like the Poomsae.
“Taekwondo doesn’t belong only to sport competitions. It also belongs to the education and cultural exchange, and athletes from all over the world are participating in this event. It’s a great platform to showcase their sports activity performance and other educational activity developments. They utilise this performance by sharing to the world, their activities, through sports and social activities and other cultural events.
“We found that in the first day, we have Poomsae competition. This is a new event for the Taekwondo Poomsae competition. Previously, we used to have only a Karaoke competition. Now we have a complete competition in even in Olympic events. The Poomsae discipline is the highest level of the competition for the athlete.”
Results – Day 1 | 16/05/2022
Results – Day 2 | 17/05/2022