THE Philippines continuously gaining ground in the world’s poomsae competition after finishing 6th over-all in the recent 10th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships held in Lima, Peru.
Around 800 athletes from 55 countries took part with the Republic of Korea winning the top of the table with 8 golds, 1 silver and 4 bronze medals while, Philippines got 3 golds and 5 bronzes.
Completing the Top 5 are Turkey, United States of America, China and Chinese Taipei. Trailing behind the Philippines are fellow Asians Vietnam and Iran at 7th and 8th places, respectively.
And, among the top finishers in the competition is Filipino Jeordan Dominguez, who was also named as MVP for freestyle poomsae alongside Ukrainian Anna Borysenko for the distaff side.
National head coach Jean Pierre Sabido, in a round table discussion late Friday, told Bacolod sports scribes that Philippines’ performance in the said international tournament has shown the world what our country’s poomsae team can do. “We can actually do better than that, only if we sent a complete contingent. Because, while other countries sent players for all entries, Philippines only have in the seniors yet, we able to deliver the medals for the country,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, following its debut as a demonstration sports during the 2007 South East Asian Games (SEAG), poomsae event will be an official medal sports in next year’s SEAG in Malaysia. “So far, we are doing well in the Southeast with Vietnam as our closest rival,” he said. “Right now, I’m helping NTU Tigers head coach Pauline Reyes in promoting poomsae in Bacolod,” he said.
Sabido said that Bacolod and Negros Occidental have great potential in poomsae. “I was even surprised when I first came in. I never expected that lots of youngsters here can really perform poomsae – which usually done during the belting process,” he added.
“If we can really give focus on this sport, our country can perform well in the international stage,” he added.*