Seventeen local clubs and six from Kenya have confirmed participation in the Gulu Open Taekwondo Championships due today at Acholi Inn, Gulu.
Adrew Ayela is the head of the organising team and the head coach of host Gulu University Taekwondo Club. He says the stage is set for the event and competition is likely to be high. “Everything is in good stead, we are just waiting for the event day,” he told Saturday Monitor on Wednesday.
The level of competition is bound to be higher than usual, says Ayela, because several Kenyan teams have already confirmed participation. “We expect high competition from the likes of Kenya Police Taekwondo Cub and Kenyan Defence Forces Taekwondo Club, among others.”
Local clubs like Maroons, Police, Kisugu, Gulu - the hosts and defending champions - are also in good shape and are poised to match their regional counterpart in the pursuit for glory.
The event will showcase participants in three categories, namely: men senior, women senior and junior. The top three clubs in the respective categories will each win a trophy, whereas individuals will get medals and certificates.
Several dignitaries are expected to grace the occasion, including the Korean Ambassador, the Commissioner for Prisons and the IGP among others.