Kenya Defence Forces Taekwondo 5-A Side Chairmanship participants in preparation for the presentation of awards
The Kenya Navy Taekwondo team has won this year’s Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) annual 5 – A side Taekwondo Chairman’s Cup Championships. The finals were held at the Moi Air Base Gymnasium on Wednesday 13, March 2019. This is the first ever inter-formations and Brigade 5-aside championships held by the KDF.
The champions, Kenya Navy, scooped a total of ten gold medals, and five bronze medals while Kahawa Garrison bagged five gold, five Silver and five bronze medals. Moi Air Base and the Engineers Brigade tied in third position with five Silver medals each.
The event that brought together all Taekwondo coaches and players from various Formations and Brigades. It is geared towards the preparation for the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Cup Championships that will be held later in November this year.
The three-day tournament that kicked off on Monday 11th of March, attracted various teams from the three services of the Kenya Defence Forces. This encompassed teams from Moi Air Base, Engineers Brigade, Nairobi Region, Laikipia Air Base, Kenya Navy, Kahawa Garrison, 2,4 and 6 Brigade and the Armoured Brigade.
During the semi-finals men’s lower division, Kenya Navy outweighed Armored Brigade as Moi Air Base floored the Nairobi Region Team. Similarly, Kahawa Garrison who would later in the finals emerge the second best, beat Moi Air Base in the semis.
In the women’s Kahawa Garrison emerged top followed by the Kenya Navy and the Moi Air Base teams respectively.
Speaking on behalf of the Moi Air Base Commander, Colonel Apollo Aloka who is the Deputy Base Commander and also the Defence Forces Taekwondo Association Deputy Chairman, Colonel Apollo Aloka thanked all the participants for putting up their best skills and an enviable competitive spirit in the competitions.
“Ever since Taekwondo was introduced in Kenya, the sport has developed very fast and most of KDF players have featured in the continental and international events with impressive results. Such performance is indeed an indicator of good effort put by the entire administration team, coaches and players,” he noted, urging all coaches to continue with the same spirit with the ultimate aim of training KDF personnel to be Taekwondo compliant.”
He further expressed gratitude to all those who worked tirelessly to make the event successful.
The event which was graced by the National Youth Service (NYS) Tae Kwon do Team also saw an attendance by a host of KDF personnel.
Defence Forces Taekwondo Association Deputy Chairman Colonel Apollo Aloka makes his address during the Kenya Defence Taekwondo Chairmanship 2019 at Moi Air Base on 13 March 2019.
2nd Dan Black Belt Sapper Newton Maliro (blue) of Engineers Brigade makes a drop kick against 1st Dan Black Belt Corporal Christopher Kuria (red) of School of Military Police, Embakasi.
Spte Angelina Wayua (red) of Armoured Brigade takes on Senior Private Ann Horipa (blue) of Moi Air Base
The Deputy Commander Moi Air Base, who is also the Defence Forces Taekwondo Association Deputy Chairman, Colonel Apollo Aloka presents the best overall trophy to Kenya Navy team representative at the event.