Ugen Gurung of Sikkim to participate in 6th World Taekwondo Poomsea Championship,Vladivostok in Russia
Gangtok, July 25 (PTI) 17-year-old Ugen Gurung of Sikkim is part of the five member Indian team which will participate in the 6th World Taekwondo Poomsea Championship scheduled to be held at Vladivostok in Russia from July 29-31. Ugen told reporters here before his departure that the Vladivostok tournament was also a selection event for the Olympics. The top-16 from this championship will qualify for Olympic trials scheduled to be held in London later this year. In his last international tournament, the World Taekwondo Championship held in Korea in December last year, Ugen had made it to the semifinals and has also participated in the 5th World Taekwondo Poomsea Championship held in Uzbekistan last year. He won gold at the 3rd Commonwealth Poomsea Championship earlier this year. The Sikkim Amateur Taekwondo Association (SATA) hosted a short function yesterday to send off Ugen with the best wishes of the organization and all martial artists of the state. The SATA president, YB Thapa said that it was a proud moment that a boy from a small state like Sikkim has been selected to represent India.