At the opening ceremony of the tournament, First Deputy Minister of Culture and Sport Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan M. Aliev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea in Uzbekistan Kwon Yong Woo and others emphasized that the attention and care, which are given by the leadership of the First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, to the development of sports, in particular, kinds of sport included in the program of the Olympic games, yield high results.
The Uzbekistan Taekwondo WTF Association was established on August 6, 1993, and in the same year it became a member of the World Taekwondo Federation. Today in our country, thousands of boys and girls regularly engaged in this sport. In taekwondo department of the Uzbek State Institute of Physical Culture are prepared qualified trainers. Department of Taekwondo of the colleges of Olympic reserve, children's and youth specialized sports school of Olympic reserve, a number of sports clubs serve to the education of talented athletes.
The Association carries out extensive work to strengthen the activities of the regional federations, strengthen their material and technical basis, creation of conditions for the organization of training and competitions at the level of modern requirements, upbringing and education of talented athletes who are able to demonstrate good results in the international arenas. The number and significance of the victories of our athletes at the world and continental championships, prestigious tournaments, the Asian Games is rising.
This tournament, which became the first competition, held at the new sports complex of the Uzbekistan Taekwondo WTF Association, also serves to enhance the experience and skills of youth, the selection from their number of talented athletes and their involvement in the national team, identification of taekwondo masters, able to defend the honor of our country at prestigious international tournaments. More than 300 juniors from the Republic of Karakalpakstan, regions and Tashkent competed for the victory in ten weight categories.
As part of the tournament were shown performance of pupils of the world-famous South Korean Taekwondo Academy - Kukkiwon.