MBVTC dominate inaugural invitational championship

 

By UMESH RAJAN

KOTA KINABALU: The Master Barry Voon Taekwondo Club (MBVTC) Kota Kinabalu dominated the inaugural MBV-Kota Kinabalu Polytechnic Cup Taekwondo Invitational Championship as they clinched the overall title on Sunday at the Polytechnic in Sepanggar.

MBVTC KK defeated 25 other teams competing at the tournament as they racked up 14 gold, five silver and 22 bronze medals in the Kyorugi category where they finished on top.

TKD Tenom Club managed to finish second in the category with nine gold, four silver and nine bronze medals, followed by PTC in third with eight gold, nine silver and seven bronze medals.

Whereas MBV Tuaran (8 gold, 7 silver, and 22 bronze), and Borneo Tigers (4 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze), complete the top five with fourth and fifth place, respectively.

While in the Poomsae category, MBVTC KK displayed an absolute performance to finish first with 650 overall points collected courtesy of 24 first-place finishes in the category.

KMTC settled for a distant second place with 137 points collected, followed by University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) with 77 points, in third place while KTKB (73) and MBV Putatan (35) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

For the record, more than 900 exponents from all over the state took part in the three-day championship co-organised by Kota Kinabalu Polytechnic and MBVTC where two disciplines, Poomsae and Kyorugi have six and five age group categories contested, respectively.

The Poomsae categories consisted of Novice (6-8 years), Super Cadet (9-11 years), Cadet (12-14 years), Junior (15-17 years), Senior 1 (18-30 years) and Senior 2 (above 31 years), while Kyorugi had the same listed categories except for the Open (above 18 years).

During the opening ceremony on Saturday, the Polytechnic’s director, Zainab Othman said that the championship was the best platform to unearth and nurture the talent and potential of participating taekwondo exponents, especially in Sabah.

“The championship has exposed the sport (taekwondo) to the Sabah communities, mainly the children as early as six years old to produce future generation potentials to one day represent Sabah at higher levels.

“It also helped us to conduct talent scouting to identify talented athletes who later on will be absorbed into Kota Kinabalu Polytechnic in order to pursue higher education,” she said.

 
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New Sabah Times