Taekwondo Association of Goa Flying High
Friday, 12 November 2010 14:27
The Taekwondo Association of Goa that is gearing to celebrate its silver jubilee is flying high on its success in getting quite a number of medals not only for the State but also the country, besides making its mark on the international scenario as well.
The association that began in 1985 with only 20 students today has strength of 4,500 students with 150 black belts, 30 national referees and two International referees – Peter Fernandes and Angela Naik. In fact, Peter Fernandes will become the first Goan referee to officiate at the 16th Asiad Games scheduled to be held in China from 17th to 21st November 2010.
The association has won plenty of medals both at the national as well as international level. At the national level, Goa is a regular medal fetcher in Taekwondo. But what is noteworthy is that even at international level Goan players have earned laurel.
At the Lusofonia Games Goa has a tally eight medals – one gold, two silver and five bronze while at the FAJR Cup in Iran in April this year, Aman Kumar from Goa won the gold medal.
Speaking to media persons the Association President Raju Mangueshkar however lamented that the authorities are not acting assertively against unregistered association imparting training in Taekwondo. “Students enrolling at these unregistered association stand to lose all the benefits available under the Sports policy,” he said.
Mr. Mangueshkar also made a strong appeal to the state government to give more and better facilities to sports that bring the State medals and in the case of his association he pleaded for at least five more coaches in addition to the five existing so that the sport can be popularized all over the State particularly in the North District.