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TaeKwonDo : State contingent set to benefit from taekwondo's inclusion in Sukma 2011
Posted by Jet on 20/12/2010 5:20:00 . News by the same author

Kota Kinabalu: The decision to include Taekwondo back into the 2011 Malaysia Games (Sukma) was received with new hopes from the sport's entire State fraternity.

The move also received warm reception from the Youth and Sports Ministry as it knows the sport would undoubtedly help to improve the State's overall ranking through contribution of medals.

As announced by the National Sports Council (MSN), the organising body for the 2011 Sukma, Taekwondo is one of 19 core disciplines that would be competed in next year's Games, not including five elective sports which have yet to be finalised.

Beginning next year, the Games would be held annually as opposed to biannually in previous years, where it would be hosted alternately by the states and MSN.

Last year's Games, which was held in Melaka in June, did not include Taekwondo following the national association's failure to resolve disruptive internal issues that have long been outstanding since 2005.

On Sunday, Deputy Chief Minister-cum-Youth and Sports Minister, Datuk Peter Pang En Yin said his Ministry hoped that the United Sabah Taekwondo Association (USTA) being one of the taekwondo associations under the Sabah Sports Council (MSNS), would prepare itself for the challenges next year.

"I hope that there would be no obstacles in the development programmes for all USTA exponents because as far as I know this is one of the most active sports association in the State, not only in organising tournaments but also in competing at competitions outside the State.

"Therefore, my Ministry has great hopes to see USTA regain its role as an association that can contribute plenty of gold medals for the State at the coming Games next year," said Pang.

He made these remarks in his closing speech that was read by Sabah Sports Board Chairman, Datuk Louis Rampas at the closing ceremony of the 4th President's Cup Taekwondo Championship 2010, at the Kota Kinabalu sports Complex, Sunday.

Also present were USTA Deputy President, Datuk James Sabinus, Vice President and organising chairman, Robert Kembey, Secretary General, Hassan Wahab and Head Coach, Master Barry Voon.

Meanwhile, Tuaran retained their title as Overall Champions after winning 15 gold medals, 10 silvers and 11 bronzes.

Putatan claimed second place with 12 gold, 13 silver and 17 bronze medals, while Lahad Datu, content with a third place, won 10 gold medals, 12 silvers and 23 bronzes.

Apart from winning the overall title, Tuaran was also named the champions in the Open category after winning seven gold medals, five silvers and three bronzes.

Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) finished second in this category with six gold, one silver and two bronze medals, followed by Kota Kinabalu took third place with two gold, two silver and seven bronze medals.

Putatan proved to be the most prominent team in the Junior categories (18, 15 and 12 and Below), with 12 golds, 12 silvers and 16 bronzes, while Lahad Datu in second place won 10 golds and 20 bronzes.

In third place was Tuaran with eight gold, five silver and eight bronze medals.

Sabah Sports Board Chairman Datuk Louis Rampas presented the main prizes to the winners.

This year's tournament saw a total of 644 participants from 16 teams competing in the three-day event, which also included Brunei as a guest team.
~Daily Express

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