The Straits Times
Jan 29, 2010
SCHOOL SPORT MATTERS
Taekwondo is finally in
Martial art is on school sports calendar after over 20 years of trying
By Frankie Chee
Springfield Secondary student Joyce Lee, 14, training hard for the inaugural Schools National Taekwondo Championships which will be
held in April. Springfield is one of 35 secondary schools offering the sport as a CCA. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
MEET the newest member on the Ministry of Education's (MOE) school sports calendar this year: Taekwondo.
After more than 20 years of trying, the Singapore Taekwondo Federation (STF) has finally managed to convince the MOE to
accept the sport as a core event.
Taekwondo will now be the third martial arts sport, after judo and wushu, to be listed on the school sports calendar.
This means school kids can now kick and punch their way to victory in the inaugural national primary and secondary school
tournaments which will begin at the tail-end of April and on May 21.
And by representing their school, they now stand a chance to win zonal or national school colours awards.
'The time spent by the students on the sport will now be recognised,' said STF's general manager Lim Teong Chin.