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Crawford: Taekwon-Do World Cup will expose other side of Jamaica

Published:Thursday | August 14, 2014 | 9:03 AM
Damion Crawford - File

Jamaica's hosting of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF), World Cup later this month has been described by Damion Crawford, minister of state in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, as exposing and expanding Jamaica from being seen as a destination of sun, sand and sea.

Crawford was guest speaker at the launch of ITF World Cup Jamaica 2014.

He says Jamaica’s historic staging of the ITF World Cup will assist the Ministry of Tourism in positioning the island as a sports-tourism locale.

The ITF World Cup, now in its fifth staging, was first held in Orlando in 2004 and never returned to the hemisphere until Jamaica Taekwondo Association won the 2014 bid.

Jamaica 2014 has, so far, registered more than 1,300 participants, the bulk of which are overseas entries.

Jason McKay, chairman of the local organising committee is urging Jamaicans to support the tournament which kicks off August 27 with coloured belts, before black belts bow in on the 28 and 29.

The tournament culminates on August 30 with team events.

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