One candidate from Goa, India has been selected to officiate the 21st Asian Taekwondo Championship which will be held at Uzbekistan from May 25 to 28. Her name is Angela R Naik from Borda, Goa she became the first Goan lady international referee as she cleared the International Referee Examination conducted by World Taekwondo Federation in Bangalore.
Angela has earlier officiated the 9th Junior World Taekwondo championship in Egypt, the 2013 WTF World Senior Taekwondo championship in Mexico, 19th Asian Taekwondo Championship in Vietnam and 8th WTF World Poomsae Championship, held recently in Bali, Indonesia, posted goacom.com.
Angela, having bagged the gold medal at 6th National Poomsae Championship, at Manipur, qualified to participate as a Poomsae player at the 7th Asian Taekwondo Poomsae Championship to be held at Uzbekistan, on May 25 but opted to accept the invitation to officiate at the said Asian Championship, as she has to bare the entire participation expense to Uzbekistan.
This is the 2nd time that she has opted to officiate, instead of representing the country as a player, due to financial constrains.
She had earlier participated at the 9th World Poomsae championship, Cairo 2009, 10th World Taekwondo Poomsae Championship, Taskent 2010 and 11th World Taekwondo Poomsae championship, Russia 2011, however the International participation grants are still pending and have not been released by the Sports Authority of Goa.
Angela, who has won a number of laurels at the national and international level, has always kept India’s and Goa’s Flag flying high at the international and national arena since the induction of Taekwondo in Goa in 1986.