Republic of Korea (ROK) Embassy to Ghana on Thursday made a presentation to the Ghana Taekwondo Federation (GTF).
The presentation was made during a meeting between the Korean consulate and the GTF.
Korean Ambassador, KIM Sungsoo on behalf of the World Taekwondo Peace Corps donated 300 Doboks and 420 Belts to the GTF.
Present at the meeting was GTF President Frederick Lartey Otu, Federation’s Secretary General Adnan Odartey Lamptey, and Public Relations Officer Davis Attuquaye Clottey.
The Embassy was also represented by Counselor Jeong Dongik and Secretary LEE Jongkeun, spearheaded by KIM Sungsoo.
Discussed at the meeting was the effect of covid-19 on the federation and it’s activities and to solicit for support from the embassy.
Also discussed was the recent School to School Taekwondo campaign by Ghana Taekwondo Federation which concluded in February.
KIM Sungsoo in his address charged the GTF to encourage its athletes to continue training.
“You can use this time to encourage the athletes to continue training. Hosting the Ambassador’s Cup will be a problem because the Korean Government has ordered the halt of sporting events. But there are ways, like online Poomsae competition.
“So, we can think about something like that. Let’s continue to find ways, get rules and others and see how that can be done, because of their health matters. We will find how to support you and also continue to tell the Korean Companies & Community if they have any room to support Taekwondo.”
Frederick Lartey Otu thanked the Embassy for their continual support to the federation towards promoting the sport in Ghana.
“Thank you for your advice. We always ask for more. In case the Embassy or any Korea Community can assist us to support our national Athletes because as at now, we’ve not been able to raise any support for them.
“We have been talking to both International and local organizations but so far, we’ve not gotten any positive response, even individuals too. We cannot support everybody but the National Team because 2023 Ghana will host African Games and we need to encourage them. We’ll come out with a proposal for the 3-year period so that the Embassy or any other organization can help. We’ll be very glad if the Embassy can help.”
“We are however hoping that the pandemic ends very soon so that we begin again. We’ll begin again because, it has affected the economy and for that matter, it will be difficult to get sponsors. So, we’ll need to think outside the box and see how we continue developing the sport.” He added.