In a bid to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics, the Fiji Taekwondo Association will be sending athletes to a World Taekwondo, in cooperation with the Olympic Solidarity Programme of the International Olympic Committee, funded Solomon Island Taekwondo Training Camp to prepare Oceania athletes for this opportunity.

Fiji Taekwondo Association President Nimesh Narayan said this is a historic opportunity for Fiji and the sport.

“It won’t be easy because they will still have to face other athletes from other Pacific Island nations who will also be vying for this opportunity,” he said.

“All these athletes hoping to make it to the Olympics will also be attending this camp, so it is a great opportunity for our athletes to size up their competition and prepare themselves for this massive opportunity.”

The Solomon Islands Training Camp will be held in Honiara, Solomon Islands with six countries accepted from Oceania over a two-week period.

The highlight of this camp is Professor Jeong-Woo Jeon of Kyung Hee University, who served as the coach of the 2004 Olympic national team in Korea, and coach Lee Dong-wan, who served as coach of the Chinese national team, Taiwanese national team, and Hong Kong and Korean national teams.

Team Fiji Taekwondo Coach Sanghyun Ra said learning would be the biggest motivator for the young team that will participate at the camp.

“We will learn from athletes and see how we can improve on our own tactics and methods,” he said.

The team left on Sunday for the camp in the Solomon Islands.