THE Fiji Taekwondo Association received $15,000 worth of equipment from the World Taekwondo Association this week.
The equipment, consisting of 300 mats, 136 guards, 100 protectors and 28 mitts, were received by the Minister for Youth and Sports, Commander Viliame Naupoto from Korea's Ambassador to Fiji Hae-Wook Cheong.
Naupoto urged the association to utilise the equipment well for the benefit of taekwondo athletes and for the development of the sport in Fiji.
"Government would ensure that there is access to a wide choice of sports as a form of recreation to all young and old and help build a healthy nation through sports," Naupoto said.
"The Fiji Sports Commission that is currently being set up will, in collaboration with stakeholders, spearhead government's effort in this regard."
He also expressed Fiji's appreciation and gratitude to the Republic of Korea for understanding Fiji's sporting needs and commitment to assist the Fiji Taekwondo Association.
Cheong said the contribution was a timely gift given the recent developments in the sporting sector in Fiji.
"These equipment are provided at just the right time when Fiji Taekwondo Association sets out to train athletes for competition at the 2013 Pacific Mini Games in September this year," he said.
He added Fiji had already produced a few taekwondo medalists such as Samir Ali and Elizabeth Bernard.
"Given the physical fitness and sports loving-spirit, Taekwondo has a good potential to become a major medal box to elevate Fiji's stature in the international and regional sports arena," Cheong said.