Expect record medal haul - Dusard
Ainsley Walters, Gleaner Writer
REGISTRATION for the August 26-30 International Tae kwon do Federation (ITF) World Cup in Montego Bay is picking up steam ahead of next Wednesday's cut-off date.
Argentina leads 30 countries, with 200 participants registered and raring to weigh in on August 26 at Montego Bay's Convention Centre.
Jamaica Tae kwon do Centre and Mandeville Tae kwon do Centre account for the bulk of local entries as the island anticipates its best-ever showing at an ITF World Cup, competing among ITF's top martial artists.
Nicholas Dusard of the local organising committee noted that only 12 Jamaicans participated at Brighton, England 2012, and won two medals. Dusard won a lightweight silver medal and Olympian Kenneth Edwards won heavyweight gold.
"From this morning's press launch at the Courtleigh Hotel to the last day of the World Cup, August 30, Jamaica will be a show of force," Dusard said.
"We returned home with a gold and silver from the last World Cup, all the way in England, with only a dozen athletes. Having a bigger team and the cost factor out of the way, this will afford the Jamaican team more opportunities to medal in the various divisions," he added.
The World Cup, however, is no walk in the park, as unlike the United States Open, which caters to various forms from many disciplines, only ITF traditional items will be contested, narrowing the window and prospects of medalling.
Jamaica has never won more than two medals at any ITF world event, World Cup or World Championships. Dusard, however, believes that the island is ready to produce its best ever showing at home.
"I think we will have our best world ITF medal haul at this championship as the Jamaican team has also improved significantly and team members understand what is expected of them," he said.