February's African Para Taekwondo Championship comes to Egypt for first time

Abeer Anwar , Saturday 2 Feb 2019

Twenty-eight countries have confirmed their participation in the 2019 African Para Taekwondo Open Championship, to be hosted on 20 February in Hurghada.

Although it is the fourth edition of the championship, it is the first time it will take place in Egypt. Egypt is hosting due to the efforts of Major General Ahmed El-Fouli, vice president of the World Taekwondo Federation and head of the African Taekwondo Federation.

“Egypt is the land of great civilisations and it is always opening its hands to host such international events through which it sends a message to the whole world that it is the land of peace and inclusion,” he said.

“Everyone is interested to come and visit Egypt and participate in the competitions. Although it is our first time to host the championship, I am sure it will be the best one.”

One hundred and twenty athletes from five different continents will compete in the one-day event. Ten countries will represent Africa: Morocco, Senegal, Niger, Cameroon, Tunisia, Rwanda, the Central Africa Republic, Congo, Uganda and Egypt.

Twelve European countries will be represented: Denmark, France, Spain, Turkey, Russia, Great Britain, Ukraine, Serbia, Italy, Croatia, Poland and Finland. 

Jordan, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Kazakhstan are representing Asia while the USA and Brazil will represent North and South America.

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