AROUND 800 athletes will see action in the 2016 SMART/MVP Sports Foundation National Inter-School Taekwondo Championships scheduled on October 1-2 at the SM Seaside Mall in Cebu City.
It will be the first time that the event will be held outside Metro Manila, giving more provincial participants an opportunity to compete with intensity and achieve better results.
According to Organizing Committee Chairman Sung Chon Hong, the two-day competition will feature novice and advance jins in eight categories, namely, Senior male and female, Junior male and female, Cadet male and female and Gradeschool boys and girls.
All schools affiliated with the Philippine Taekwondo Association all over the country will vie for honors. Among these are Ateneo de Manila University, St. Paul Pasig, Diliman Preparatory School, Mary Hill School, Emilio Aguinaldo College, Montessori Integrated School, Philippine Science High School, School of Holy Spirit and Pamantasang Lungsod ng Valenzuela.
Some schools in Visayas and Mindanao are also expected to compete in the tournament sponsored by PLDT, Meralco, Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, MILO and SM Seaside Mall.
Martial arts enthusiasts, especially children who are interested to learn the sport, are invited to watch the competition, which starts at 9 a.m.