The Philippines is aiming for its first-ever gold medal in taekwondo in the coming Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
Philippine Taekwondo Association chief executive officer Sung Chon Hong said the Filipinos are capable of winning the gold medal.
“We produced four or five medals but only silvers and bronzes in the Asian Games. This time, we want to change the color,” Sung said.
Hong said the Koreans are no longer invincible in taekwondo.
“Many foreign jins have beaten the Koreans in past Asian Games. They no longer dominate taekwondo,” said Hong.
The Filipinos captured four bronzes in taekwondo in the last Asian Games in Guangzhou courtesy of finweight Japoy Lizardo, flyweight Paul Romero, bantanweight Tshomlee Go, and middleweight Kirstie Alora.
“Japoy and Tshomlee fought the Koreans. Both bouts ended in draws and we only lost in sudden death,” said Hong.
As part of their preparations, the Filipinos will compete in various international competitions, including the Asian Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and the tough Korean Open.