Philippine Taekwondo Association (PTA) is seriously taking the preparation for the Asian Games 2014 seriously, with 25 international tournaments being lined-up for the Incheon games build-up this September.
PTA Vice-President Hong Sung Chun said that all these international tournaments will provide intensive training, exposure and preparation for all Filipino jins seeing action in the 17th Asian Games in Korea.
Hong explained that of the 25 tournaments, 16 will be held in Asia, 8 in South Korea, 5 in Europe, and one each in USA, Mexico and Africa.
The tournaments in Korea include Taekwondo Championship (Muju), Chosun International Taekwondo, Korea Open Taekwondo Championships (Gyeongju), International Taekwondo (Gyeongju), World Youth Taekwondo, Korea Expo Taekwondo and World Hanmadang Taekwondo.
The International Kyorugi Taekwondo will be held in Las Vegas, while the World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships will be in Mexico.
Three will be staged in Chinese Taipei which included the World Taekwondo qualifying, World Junior and International Poomsae.
Hong added that there will be 34 local Taekwondo tournaments, including the 38th National Taekwondo, Philippine National Games and Palarong Pambansa.
The 6th ASEAN School Taekwondo is also scheduled in Marikina this December.
Taekwondo is among the 10 priority sports under the Philippine Sports Commission, whose athletes are among the members of the priority list.
The Filipino jins won 4 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze medals at the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar, second best medal haul among the sports association. Athletics was the best performing sports association in the recently concluded SEA Games.