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The vital role of sport for refugees was among topics discussed at the first World Taekwondo-FISU University Sport and Peace Forum ©Twitter/World Taekwondo

Claude Marshall, sport coordinator for the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and a Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF) Board member, emphasised the vital importance of sport to refugees at the first World Taekwondo-International University Sports Federation (FISU) University Sport and Peace Forum.

Marshall underlined the necessity of providing humanitarian support for refugee youth during the virtual assembly on April 30.

He also offered advice on what university students can do to help provide such support.

The University Sport and Peace Forum aimed to seek positive solutions and develop proactive suggestions to improve current difficulties with sport bringing people together. 

Humanity, social justice and gender equality were the main themes of the event.

Claude Marshall, top left, spoke of the vital importance of sport to refugees in the first World Taekwondo-FISU University Sport and Peace Forum ©WT/FISU
Claude Marshall, top left, spoke of the vital importance of sport to refugees in the first World Taekwondo-FISU University Sport and Peace Forum ©WT/FISU

Keynote speeches were delivered by World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue and Leonz Eder, Acting FISU President.

Delegates also heard from FISU Executive Board member Delise O’Meally and from FISU Executive Board member and Gender Equality Committee chair Rosaura Mendez Gamboa.

O’Meally addressed social justice and university sport; looking at the growing movement to speak out against social injustice, particularly racial injustice, and how university sport can engage.

Mendez Gamboa discussed how sport can be a powerful tool for inclusion and the work FISU is doing in promoting gender equality. 

The forum was moderated by professor Russell Ahn, vice-chair of World Taekwondo’s Taekwondo for All Committee and FISU Taekwondo Technical Committee chair.

Choue and Oleg Matytsin, who has temporarily stepped aside as FISU President because of World Anti-Doping Agency sanctions imposed on Russia, developed the idea for the forum during the Summer Universiade in Naples in 2019.

The two organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding that same year and committed to creating World University Sports Peace Corps to cultivate future leaders through various sporting, training, and educational programmes.

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Rio veteran Alora banners taekwondo jins in Olympic qualifier – Philstar.com

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Joey Villar (Philstar.com) – May 14, 2021 – 3:40pm

MANILA, Philippines – Rio Olympics veteran Elaine Alora leads a crack, four-member Philippine taekwondo team seeking a berth or two in the Tokyo Games in July as they wage war in the Asian Qualification tournament slated May 21 and 22 in Amman, Jordan.

Alora — who copped a silver medal in this same event the country hosted five years ago to earn a spot to the 2016 Rio Olympics — along with Kurt Barbosa, Arven Alcantara and Pauline Lopez, will leave Friday night along with coaches Carlos Padilla V and Al Christian dela Cruz.

And they are bringing with them the country’s hopes of snaring more slots to the quadrennial event.

Kicking off the Filipinos’ campaign is Alcantara in the men’s -68kgs on Friday while Barbosa (men’s -58kgs), Lopez (women’s -56kgs) and Alora (women’s +73kg) follow suit the next day.

To qualify, they would need to finish in the top two.

If they do, they would join pole-vaulter EJ Obiena, gymnast Caloy Yulo, boxers Eumir Marcial, Irish Magno, Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam and 2016 Rio Olympics weightlifting silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz and rower Cris Nievarez in Tokyo.

National team coach Dindo Simpao is optimistic they could snatch at least two berths.

“We’re hoping for two slots, if not four,” said Simpao in the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Hour.

It will be the first time the national jins are seeing action in a real competition since raking in eight gold, nine silver and four bronze medals in topping the sport in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in Manila.

“Mahirap nung unang mga araw nung pumasok kami sa bubble sa Calamba pero nakayanan naman. Equal footing tingin ko dyan kasi sigurado affected din sila ng pandemic,” said the 31-year-old Alora.

The team will return on May 25, and there is hope they would also bring with them Olympic tickets.

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PH taekwondo jins seek Olympic berths in Jordan

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Four national taekwondo jins left for Amman, Jordan on Thursday, each one determined to book an Olympic berth when they compete in the Asian Qualification Tournament set May 21 to 22.

Elaine Alora, who competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics, aims for a second shot at the Games when she joins Pauline Lopez, Kurt Barbosa and Arven Alcantara.

Alora will compete in the women’s +73kg division, Lopez in women’s -56kgs, and Barbosa and Alcantara in men’s -58kgs and -68kgs.

Accompanied by coaches Caloy Padilla and Dindo Simpao, the team hopes to catch the last bus with less than 10 weeks left before the Olympics scheduled July 23 to Aug. 8.

Only the top 2 athletes in each weight class will earn Olympic berths.

Simpao is confident of the team’s chances.

“We expect to earn a couple of tickets to the Olympics. If not four,” he said.

The athletes are raring to get back in competition after spending the last couple of months in rigorous training in a bubble camp at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna.

Lopez, who came close to earning an Olympic berth in 2016, said she’s more motivated now than ever.

 “I think I’ve had more experience over the last years and those experiences helped me where I am now,” said Lopez, a two-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist and 2018 Asian Games bronze winner.

“I’ve experienced Asian qualifying. I almost tasted getting there. I feel like I have nothing to lose and just give my best out there and hope that it will give me a chance to play in the Olympics.”

Alora, who is now competing in a heavier weight class compared to where she competed in the previous Olympics, said she focused on improving her power and speed to prepare for this meet.

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PH taekwondo jins vie for Olympic berths – Manila Bulletin

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Pauline Lopez (MB File Photo)

Four national taekwondo jins leave for Amman, Jordan on Thursday night, May 13, as they seek Tokyo Olympic berths in the Asian Qualification Tournament set May 21 to 22.

Elaine Alora, who competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics, aims for a second shot at the Games when she joins Pauline Lopez, Kurt Barbosa and Arven Alcantara.

Alora will compete in the women’s +73kg division, Lopez in women’s -56kgs, and Barbosa and Alcantara in men’s -58kgs and -68kgs.

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Accompanied by coaches Caloy Padilla and Al Christian Dela Cruz, the team hopes to catch the last bus with less than 10 weeks left before the Olympics scheduled July 23 to Aug. 8.

The top 2 athletes in each weight class will earn Olympic berths.

Coach Dindo Simpao, who has been with the team during training, is confident of the team’s chances.

“We expect to earn a couple of tickets to the Olympics. If not four,” said Simpao during the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Hour guesting recently.

The athletes are raring to get back in competition after spending the last couple of months in rigorous training in a bubble camp at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna.

Lopez, who came close to earning an Olympic berth in 2016, said she has grown a lot entering this competition.

“I think I’ve had more experience over the last years and those experiences helped me where I am now,” said Lopez, a two-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist and 2018 Asian Games bronze winner.

“I’ve experienced Asian qualifying. I almost tasted getting there. I feel like I have nothing to lose and just give my best out there and hope that it will give me a chance to play in the Olympics.”

Alora, who is now competing in a heavier weight class compared to where she competed in the previous Olympics, said she focused on improving her power and speed to prepare for her rivals.

Though being sidelined for months due to quarantine restrictions, Alora believes other athletes abroad have also experienced similar predicaments brought by the pandemic.

“Marami ding affected na countries kaya feeling ko equal footing lang naman kaming mga magko-compete. Lahat kami dream makapag-compete sa Olympics, lahat kami gutom,” said Alora, who was the country’s flag bearer in the closing ceremony of the 2016 Rio Games.



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