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Korean coach confident of Lao taekwondo gold at SEA Games

Lao taekwondo team's professional trainer Mr Jin Jungwoo, from Republic of Korea, has been able to train the Lao taekwondo team to be confident of winning gold medals at the 29th SEA Games in Malaysia on August. Some 11 Lao taekwondo fighters from different categories will compete at the SEA Games in Malaysia.

Aged 49 years old, Mr Jin is a former fighter in the over-70kg category in South Korea and winner of a gold medal at the World Taekwondo Championships.

Currently, Mr Jin is working to develop and train young people to become skilful fighters in many categories.

Mr Jin Jungwoo ( left ) presents the cup to the top female Poomsae fighter of Laos Ms Kidavone Philavong (right ), who was successful at 4th Kolao Open Taekwondo Championships 2017 at Booyong Indoor Stadium, Dongdok campus on Sunday.

The most skilful are able to join in the national team, which competes in the SEA Games and other international events.

He has an eighth level black belt and he is an outstanding foreign trainer of martial arts in Laos. Currently he is a member of the World Taekwondo Federation in South Korea and he has worked with Lao Taekwondo Federation since 2003, during which time he has assisted in training the Lao team for the SEA Games and many other events at the international level.

He has just worked with the Lao Taekwondo Federation at the 4th Kolao Open Taekwondo Championships 2017, which was held at the Booyong Indoor Stadium at Dongdok campus last week.

Currently the World Taekwondo Federation, the Embassy of Republic of Korea to Laos, and the sport section of Ministry of Public Security are gathering together hold taekwondo training for three months. During the training course he will hold an examination and he will present the black belt to police taekwondo club's fighters who are successful in the examination.

Lao Poomsae trainer and Lao Taekwondo Federation's member Mr Korakoth Simeuangsong said the Lao Taekwondo Federation and Mr Jin have a signing ceremony of cooperation in every year. Mr Korakoth said he is able to teach skills and is really good natured and friendly with the Lao fighters.

He said, while the Lao Taekwondo Federation is able to hold the taekwondo training course and examination for the young fighters, they are trained by Mr Jin. He will also be taking the opportunity to assist in holding the taekwondo event at the 11th National Games in Xieng Khuang province.

Mr Korakoth said the World Taekwondo Federation and Lao Taekwondo Federation supported Mr Jin with a budget every month.

Mr Jin will also be assisting in the organising work for the 4th Republic of Korea Ambassador Cup Taekwondo Championships to be held in Vientiane in November of 2017.

In 2003 Mr Jin began working in Laos and training the Lao taekwondo team which competed at the 2003's 22nd SEA Games in Vietnam, and the team won one silver medal and two bronze medals at that games.

In 2007, he continued to develop the Lao fighters to improve their skills, and he led the Lao team that competed at the 24th SEA Games in Thailand, and the team won one silver medal and five bronze medals at those games.

Mr Jin led the team that competed at the 25th SEA Games in Vientiane in 2009, and the team won three gold medals, three silver medals and four bronze medals at the games on home soil.

He led the taekwondo team at the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia in 2011, with the team winning one gold medal, three silver medals and five bronze medals, and at the 27th SEA games in Myanmar in 2013 the team won a gold medal and four bronze medals.


By Sangkhomsay Bubphanouvong
(Latest Update July 29, 2017 )

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