IT will be another action-packed weekend for the MVPSF-Meralco Philippine Taekwondo League, highlighted by the junior men’s division championship on Sunday at the SM City Sucat Mall in Paranaque.
The two topnotchers in each of the three groups in the eliminations advance to the quarterfinals of the competition organized by the Philippine Taekwondo Association and supported by the MVP Sports Foundation and Meralco.
Already clinching quarterfinal slots are Juan Sumulong Memorial College of Taytay and San Beda College from Group A, Arellano University and Letran from Group B and National University and Far Eastern U-FERN in Group C.
The remaining two quarterfinalists will be decided at the close of Group B hostilities where San Sebastian College faces La Salle Greenhills at 2 p.m., UE meets Ateneo at 3 p.m. and LSGH takes on winless San Beda College Alabang at 5:30 p.m.
Opening the program is the lone senior women’s match pitting San Beda College versus La Salle at 1 p.m. and Ateneo against San Beda at 3 p.m. of the event also supported by the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee.
“We can expect a lot of thrilling action in the PTL junior men’s competition on Sunday, considering the tough journey the teams had to undergo to reach this far,” noted tournament director Stephen Fernandez. “We want our fans to watch us and see our promising jins perform.”
The PTL was organized to serve as a platform where young taekwondo exponents can showcase their skills and groom them for international play in the future, Fernandez, a former national athlete and licensed international taekwondo referee, noted.
Similar to overseas tournaments, the jins are scored through the electronic scoring system with sensors inserted in the head gear and body armor of the participants, whose hits and corresponding points are projected on the electronic scoreboard once they connect solidly.
A body punch is worth one point, a simple kick, two points; a turning kick, three points; head kicks, three points, and turning kick to the head, four points.
Spicing up the action on Sunday is the poomsae (form) eliminations featuring the teams from De La Salle University, Far Eastern University, San Sebastian, National University and Letran.
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