Indonesia’s Defia Rosmaniar competes at the 18th Asian Games and won the gold medal in women’s poomsae individual.Games News
Date : 10 Jan 2019
Seoul, Korea, January 10, 2019: The President of World Taekwondo, Choue Chungwon, has used his New Year's message to highlight the continuing growth of the sport, notably at the 18th Asian Games. Choue said the addition of poomsae to the taekwondo programme at the 18th Asiad in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, in August was a big step forward for the sport.
“Poomsae was featured for the first time at the Asian Games, in Jakarta, Indonesia, with the host country winning its first-ever taekwondo medal - and gold - by a female athlete," he said.
Choue was referring to the success of Defia Rosmaniar in the women’s poomsae individual. Defia, 22, had also won silver and bronze medals at the OCA’s Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, in September 2017.
The 18th Asian Games attracted 287 taekwondo players from 35 National Olympic Committees, 14 of which won medals.
The 14 events on the taekwondo programme included four in poomsae – women’s and men’s individual and team.
Choue also drew attention to the Federation's work to promote peace.
On the occasion of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea, World Taekwondo and the North Korea-led International Taekwondo Federation performed a joint demonstration at the pre-Opening Ceremony in front of heads of states and dignitaries and millions of viewers around the world," he said.
"A high-calibre World Taekwondo delegation also visited Pyongyang, North Korea, and held another meeting in Wuxi."
Events in 2019 will include a new Islamic Women's Open Championship in Saudi Arabia in November.
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