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3rd UAE ITF Championships,Feb27th,09
23rd Feb 2010   15:46
The Championship was organized for ONE DAY on 27TH FEBRUARY 2009 at Salahuddin Sports Hall, Dubai from 9.00 AM to 7.00 PM.

There was extensive coverage from Local Television networks and also News Paper coverage even in the neighboring country, Lebanon.

The crowd was mixed nationals from about 40 to 50 countries mostly the parents of children who are participating in the event.

Over 160 students from various countries participated in the tournament.

The event started by a Speech by the Chairman and President of UAE Taekown-do Mr. Saeed Alrayhi followed by inaugural speech by Master Rajendran Balan from India.

The event started at 9.00 AM with demonstration of various techniques of ITF Taekwon-do by every participants irrespective of age and belt. After group demonstration, individual teams of various clubs demonstrated Tuls and Self Defense techniques.

After that there was a demonstration by Sabum Abdurahiman on Self defense, Tuls and breaking. The same was appreciated by all audience present, which consisted of over 300 to 400 people.

All the above events were covered by Local Television network of UAE.

Officials from UAE Sports Council were present and they expressed that they have not seen any Martial Art competition with so much crowd and students in UAE representing so many countries not even the recognized Karate, Judo & Taekwondo organizations. They were very impressed.

At around 12.00 am the event of demonstration finished. All the students were given a participation medal, which was a great encouragement and it boost up the morale of all the students. Then the food was served to all participants.

The second half of the tournament started at 2.00 PM with Colour Belt and Black Belt Tuls and which was continued by Individual Sparring in Colour and Black Belt categories.

The Individual Tuls and Group Tuls were controlled in 4 rings and the sparring in 2 rings.
There was no untoward matter during any of the competition and everything went very smoothly.

The medals and shields were very distinguishing and attractive. The same was distributed by me, Sabum A.M. Antony, 5th Dan, President of UAE Taekwon-do Mr. Saeed Rashid, and members of Sports Council of UAE.

The event finished pompously and grandly and was appreciated by each and every one present.
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