Afghanistan cannot participate 2013 World Taekwondo Championship

The 2013 World Taekwondo Championship was kicked off on Sunday at a ceremony in Puebla, Mexico. Unfortunately, Afghanistan’s taekwondo team will not be able to participate since it failed to get the visa on time, wadsam reported.

On Tuesday, the Afghan Taekwondo Federation confirmed that the Afghan team cannot participate due to visa issues that cropped up at the Mexico Embassy in India.

“The Afghan team will not participate in the tournament because of visa issues,” said Mirwais Bahawi, Secretary General of the Afghanistan Taekwondo Federation.

However, only one Afghan referee, Abdul Saboor Omeri, who got the visa from Indonesia, will participate in the competition.

872 athletes from 134 countries will take part and more than 5,000 spectators are expected to witness the event.

Meanwhile, the Afghan team members returned to Kabul from India on Monday.

The opening ceremony of the Championship began with a folk dance that showcased the legend of Popocatepetl, which is an active volcano located in Puebla and regarded as the “guardian of Puebla.”

The Championship will feature eight male and eight female categories: For men: -54kg, -58kg, -63kg, -68kg, -74kg, -80kg, -87kg and +87kg for men, and -46kg, -49kg, -53kg, -57kg, -62kg, -67kg, -73kg and +73kg for women. (Tolo News)

The Chinese team, led by world champions Hou Yuzhuo and Zhang Hua, will participate in all the 16 categories.

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