Mumbai : The city is going to a have a sporting year end this time around as The Indian Taekwondo Challenge Trophy 2015 – the biggest event hosted by the Taekwondo Board of India – will take place in Mumbai between Dec 29 to 31 at Giton Tank, Grant Road. The ITC 2015 will also have a highest cash prize of Rs 27,71,000.
Hosted by the state chapter – Taekwondo Board of Maharashtra, ITC 2015 (Sparring and Poomsea Championship) will also have a Kukkiwon Taekwondo training seminar for instructors and senior athletes. With over 1,500 athletes from various Taekwondo schools across India and the world participating in different categories, ITC 2015 is the biggest Taekwondo event held in India in recent times. The biggest attraction for the players will be the presence of International referee and grandmaster Doohwan Choi from Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters in South Korea).
In the Sparring/Poomsae weight categories for colour belt, girls and boys under age 11 to athlete’s upto age 17 will take part in the individual, mixed, doubles and team categories. The same will be for the black belt category. There are sub junior, junior and senior categories. The scoring will be done on the basis of power of movements, eye focus, execution of kicks and punches, correctness of stances and memorisation of the Poomsae. Another exciting category is Aerobics.
With Taekwondo installed as an official sport in 2000 Sydney Olympics, Taekwondo Board of India (TBI), established in 2004, has been organising training camps, seminars and national championships to train young players and create awareness of the game at the national level. TBI got membership of TAFISA (The Association for International Sport for All) in 2010, which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and World Health Organisation (WHO). TBI is also a member of Kukkiwon – World Taekwondo Headquarters, South Korea. Today, 27 states are members of TBI.