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Korean Embassy donates equipment to Kenya Taekwondo Federation

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 11 – The Korean Embassy in Kenya has donated sports equipment to the Kenya Taekwondo federation through Olympics Kenya.

In a handover ceremony presided over by the Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Arts, Amb Dr. Amina Mohamed, the Korean Ambassador to Kenya, Choi Yeonghan and Team Kenya’s CDM Waithaka Kioni was attended by athletes and officials from the federation.

The CS acknowledged the Korean government for the generous and timely donation to the athletes.

“This is one sport that is currently gaining a huge following and interest in Kenya, with many people embracing it. Indeed, we already have a qualified female athlete for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics competing in the women with over 67kgs category and is already an inspiration to other Taekwondo players,” the CS said.

“Sports has given us another platform to express our deep friendship with Kenya and this equipment is just an extension of the many opportunities to enhance this solid relationship between the two countries,” Korean Ambassador Choi Yeonghan stated.

“As the country where Taekwondo originated, it is our great joy and pleasure to extend this support and partnership to the athletes in Kenya as we wish them success in Tokyo and other competitions,” the ambassador further said.

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The Korean Embassy in Kenya has donated sports equipment to the Kenya Taekwondo federation through Olympics Kenya.

In a handover ceremony presided over by the Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Arts Amina Mohamed, the Korean Ambassador to Kenya, Choi Yeonghan was attended by athletes and officials from the federation.

Taekwondo Kenya Secretary General, George Wesonga said they were delighted to receive the equipment, coming as they are now at the peak of both preparing Faith Ogalo for the Olympics as well as other tournaments ahead.

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This will be the first major tournament game to be held in Italy since the 1990 World Cup.

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Kioni expressed appreciation to the Ambassador and his government for the hand of support to Kenya, noting that this was not the first time Korea was supporting sports.

“We at Olympics Kenya value this generosity and assure you that it will put impetus to our training for Tokyo and other major Games,” Kioni said as he also thanked the CS Sports for her unmatched enthusiasm and support for sports development, especially the interests of athletes in Kenya.

Taekwondo Kenya Secretary General, George Wesonga said they were very delighted to receive the equipment, coming as they are now at the peak of both preparing Faith Ogalo for the Olympics as well as other tournaments ahead.

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“Equipment is everything, especially during these very evolving times in sports with advanced countries using the latest technologies. We are now hoping that we also get 2nd Gen electronic scoring system soon for the athletes to acquaint themselves accordingly,” observed Wesonga.

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