The Philippine Taekwondo Association (PTA) is sending 13 athletes to the 2013 World Taekwondo Championships on July 15 to 21 in Puebla, Mexico.
Reigning Southeast Asian Games champions John Paul Lizardo and Kirstie Elaine Alora will be leading the country’s campaign in the world meet which is expected to draw more than 100 participating countries.
Lizardo will compete in the men’s -54-kilogram division, and Alora in the women’s -73 kg. category.
Also vying for honors are Keno Anthony Mendoza (-58 kg), Paul Romero (-63 kg), Gerson Bautista (-68 kg), Samuel Thomas Harper Morrison (-74 kg), Christian Al Dela Cruz (-90 kg) and Kristopher Robert Uy (-87 kg) in the men’s class; and Korina Paladin (-46 kg), Nicole Abigail Cham (-49 kg), Pauline Louise Lopez (-53 kg), and Jade Zafra (-57 kg), Jane Rafaelle Narra (-67 kg) in the women’s side.
PTA Chief Sun Chong Hong joins the delegation along with Victor Emmanuel Veneracion (team manager), Roberto Cruz (men’s team coach) and Dindo Simpao (women’s team coach).
Other countries that are participating in the championships are powerhouse South Korea, China, France, Spain, Iran, Turkey, Chinese Taipei and US.
EMIL C. NOGUERA