SPORTS

Agility and Sportsmanship

A total of 790 participants from Perak, Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor displayed the precision, speed and power of their strikes while observing a high degree of etiquette in the 7th Martial Arts Taekwondo Championship held at the Leong Wan Chin Hall on Sunday, March 27.

Co-organised by the Perak Taekwondo Association (MGTF), the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Education, the categories competed in the annual championship were individual pattern, individual sparring and team pattern.

During the opening ceremony, there was a self-defense demonstration with different scenarios involving opponents bearing sticks and knives. Another crowd favourite was the board-breaking routine.

“MGTF is a very active association which has received the ‘Anugerah Persatuan Cemerlang’ from the Perak Youth and Sports Department for three years continuously. Last year, MGTF got into the Malaysia Book of Records for breaking the most number of planks,” lauded Professor Dato’ Seri Paduka DiRaja Grandmaster Sabree Salleh, the founder of Malaysian Global Taekwondo Federation who has been in the art for 53 years.

Present was Daniel Wa Wai How, representing the Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry, Dato’ Lee Chee Leong.

“In the upcoming World Taekwondo Championship to be held in the UK, there would be 11 participants from Perak, out of which seven are females,” Khoo Bu Leong, the Chairman of MGTF stated proudly.

List of winners:

Athletes with Potential under 12:
Haarisivarthan (G.Fist, Taekwon-do Academy)
Loh Ying Shan (SJK C Kg Tawas, Ipoh)

Athletes with Potential under 16:
Mok Jin Ming (Kanthan Baru, Chemor)
Chen Zhi Shan (SMJK Poi Lam, Ipoh)

Athlete with Potential 17 and above:
Lim Pui Yee (Buntong, Ipoh)

Result by Centre:
1st: Pusing Centre
2nd: SMJK Poi Lam, Ipoh
3rd: SJK (C) Kg Tawas, Ipoh

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Tan Mei Kuan

Tan Mei Kuan graduated with first-class honours and book prize from University of Malaya majoring in languages and linguistics (English). She is proficient in both written and spoken English and Malay. She is also conversant in Mandarin and has knowledge of Japanese and Korean languages. Mei Kuan has been on the Dean’s List for three years running. Having written for the campus newspaper and residential college magazine, joining Ipoh Echo has helped utilise her writing and language skills. In her spare time she enjoys running (races).

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