Team Philippines nabbed 3 golds in the first Online Daedo Open European Poomsae Championships conducted online instead of face to face in compliance with the international health protocols placed to stop the spread of coronavirus disease.
The national Poomsae team once again successfully raised the country’s flag by winning 3 golds in the experimental sports event conducted online and judged remotely from the Netherlands.
World Poomsae champ Rani Ortega served as the team’s coach in competitions held from May 4-10, 2020, and hosted by Taekwondo Europe.
Filipino jin and Thomasian athlete Jocel Lyn Ninobla who previously bagged the bronze in Vietnam, won the gold medal beating 110 jins under the Female Individual Under 30, P1 – Poomsae Koryo.
Her father, June Ninobla bested 33 other participants and captured the gold medal under the category of Male Individual Under 60, P7 – Poomsae Chongkwon
Ernesto Guzman Jr. snared the gold medal under the category of Male Individual Under 40, T6 – Taegeuk Yook Jang.
More than 1,200 jins from 75 participating countries took part in the event where players needed to send three sets of videos for the preliminary, semis, and finals.
“There are some players who took their videos atop a plateau, others in some rooftop overlooking an Italian village. Certain angles of the camera is allowed, but the important thing is the players must be inside the frame all the time,” national coach Igor Mella said.
Angelie Marie B. Perillo from Iloilo ranked 39th overall out of the 60 top Cadet Black Belt Females finalists from all over the world.
Chungwon Choue, World Taekwondo President, thanked the world’s athletes for participating in the historic sports event.
“Once, again Taekwondo is at the front of active engagement in sports through technology. That’s why sometimes I called it techwondo.
“Your online participation today, will help pave the way for a new era for taekwondo through active e-sports. I wish everyone the very best and look forward to seeing you all in person someday. Until then, stay home, stay safe, and stay active,” said Choue.
The Philippine National Taekwondo Team conquered the 2019 Shinhan World Peace Taekwondo Festival in South Korea, bagging a total of 56 golds, 20 silvers, and 11 bronze medals.
Filipino kids in the Philippine taekwondo team also brought pride to the country as all of its members secured medals during the 2019 Taekwondo Color Belt Kyorugi and Hanmadang Championships held in Hong Kong.
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