|[ Etc ] Kukkiwon Taekwondo Demonstration Team to dispatched to California, U.S., to celebrate 1st anniversary of California Taekwondo Day|
Kukkiwon Taekwondo Demonstration Team (hereinafter referred to as the ¡°Demonstration Team¡±) is making its overseas trip to the U.S. to celebrate the first anniversary of California Taekwondo Day.
On September 4 (local time), the Demonstration Team is going to present congratulatory performances at the celebration of ¡®California Taekwondo Day¡¯ in a venue located in Los Angeles, U.S.
The decision of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism to dispatch the Demonstration Team came after the California State Senate passed a resolution of designating September 4, and the same date each year thereafter, as ¡®California Taekwondo Day¡¯ on July 15.
Consisting of 22 members including the manager, Kim Sang-geon, the Demonstration Team is scheduled to leave for the U.S. from the Incheon International Airport on Friday, August 27 at 8PM.
Besides, the Demonstration Team plans to visit local universities and high schools around L.A. and San Francisco areas such as UC Berkeley, West Adams High School, and Palos Verdes Peninsula High School to promote the excellence of Taekwondo, the national sport of Korea.
From the last year, due to the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Demonstration team has gone through difficult times. The dispatch to domestic and overseas sites was postponed and the group training was affected as well.
It is the first overseas trip in 20 months since the Demonstration team visited Yokohama, Japan in December 2019.
Being fully vaccinated and refining the demonstration program, the Demonstration Team is thoroughly prepared for the trip.
At the launching ceremony held at Central Training Center on August 26, 2:30PM, Kukkiwon President Lee Dong-sup said, ¡°Every member of the Demonstration Team has devoted oneself to training amid the challenging times of the COVID-19 to present the performance to perfection wherever and whenever one stands.¡± ¡°Dispatch to the U.S. has a significance for celebrating the designation of California Taekwondo Day. And I¡¯d like to ask you all to take pride in representing Kukkiwon and Taekwondo and make sincere efforts until the end¡±, he encouraged the team.
The dispatch will last for 11 days and the team will be arriving home at 6PM on Monday, September 6.