Nkoebe, Lee off  to Kenya Open

Nkoebe, Lee off to Kenya Open

MASERU – Taekwondo prospect Ramosoeu Nkoebe and Lesotho national coach Du-Khwi Lee and will jet off to Korea today for next week’s Korea Open.
The competition is set to take place from July 17 to 24 and is a G2 event, meaning it carries Olympic qualifying points.
After the Korea Open, Nkoebe is expected to compete in another tournament in the country set for July 25 to 30.

Due to a lack of funds the Lesotho Taekwondo Association (LTA) is only sending only one athlete to Korea instead of two as it would have liked.
However, Nkoebe will link up with countryman Thainyane Thakong who is already based in Korea as part of a four-year scholarship that is set to end this year.
According to the LTA’s secretary general, Teboho Masimong, it is important for fighters to attend international events in order to gather ranking points.

He added that Nkoebe has fallen down the pecking order in the World Taekwondo Federation’s rankings because he has been inactive for a year.
“This event is very important in the sense that (Nkoebe and Thakong) are going to get points for rankings,” Masimong said.
“Ramosoeu has been inactive for a year now and you can imagine how far he has fallen internationally and even in Africa. He lost a lot of points and this time he is prepared for the event.”
National coach Du-Khwi Lee arrived in Lesotho in 2015 to breed a new generation of taekwondo stars for the country.

With the promising Marumo Moloisane now based in Germany on an Olympic Solidarity scholarship for the 2020 Games in Tokyo, Masimong said it is important to have other internationally based fighters.

Masimong continued that Korea Open is an important event in Korea which is widely recognised as the mecca of taekwondo.
“The Korea Open is very competitive and tough because here (Nkoebe and Thakong) are going to meet the best,” Masimong said.

“Korea has the best taekwondo players and the number of their competitors is not limited in this tournament unlike in world championships. (Nkoebe and Thakong) are going to meet experienced players and will learn. They will be tested.”

Luciah Phahla

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