World Taekwondo experts arrive in the country to train school children

Author: Beatrice Laryea
The GOC officials in a photograph with the volunteers

Four volunteers from the World Taekwondo Peace Corps (WTPC) are currently in the country to assist officials of the Ghana Taekwondo Federation (GTF) to introduce the sport to students in Basic Schools in the country.

The volunteers – Joo Seonghyo, Kyorugi Specialist, Hur Woo Kyoung, Poomsae Specialist, Park Chanwoo, Demonstration Specialist and Lee Hyein, an interpreter, were officially introduced to the leadership of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) last Friday, at a short ceremony held at the offices of the GOC at Ridge in Accra.

According to the president of the Ghana Taekwondo Federation, Frederick Lartey Otu, the project has been scheduled to begin on Wednesday, January 16 at the Saint Bernadette Basic and Saint Martin's Deporess School in Dansoman.

He said other schools invited to participate in the project are Ave Maria School, Most Holy Heart and Accra International School.

"The WTPC team is here to support the GTF to introduce Taekwondo to our basic school in the Greater Accra Region. We have segmented the capital city into three with the first program to be held at Dansoman where we will bring together three or four private schools in one school to organise clinics for them for about 10 days,” he said.

In attendance were the youth director of GOC, Ola Williams, president of the Ghana Armwrestling Federation, Charles Osei Asibey, 1st Vice president of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Paul Atchoe and representatives from some media houses.

The visit by this current batch of volunteers is the sixth. The last time the GTF received volunteers from the WTPC was in August 2018.

It is aimed at promoting friendship and collaboration between Korea and beneficiary countries through Taekwondo, based on the requirements and development programmes of beneficiary member national federations of the World Taekwondo.