8/05/2006

Taekwondo made compulsory in Sichuan Province

Story from the Chengdu Daily in China on June 4, 2006

BEIJING -- The Olympic sport of taekwondo has been promoted as a required course in elementary schools in Sichuan Province, southwestern China, reported the Internet edition of the Chengdu Daily on June 4, 2006.

The idea of taekwondo as a required course in elementary schools has already passed the first session of discussions and it will be officially
implemented soon, according to the educational personnel of the province.

According to the newspaper, the sport has been rapidly developing since its official introduction in China in 1992. Within the past decade, up to 10,000 gyms have been set up all over the country, and the result is an impressive count of over one million taekwondo practitioners.

China's recent golden successes in taekwondo at the Olympic Games have greatly fueled the popularity of the sport among the younger generation. China won three gold medals in taekwondo at the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

In this regard, the introduction of taekwondo as a required course in elementary schools would serve to further heighten the popularity of the sport, as well as enhance the lives of millions in China.

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