With registration still open for the 2nd Asian Para-Taekwondo Open Championships in Manila, the host nation completed their registration for the event yesterday. It is scheduled to get underway on April 18. It will be the first ranking event in 2016 for the G-4/G-2 classes.
Other nations have already registered, including Japan, Kazakhstan, Iran, the United States, Great Britain. Uzbekistan was the first Asian nation to register in late February. Kazakhstan’s Elnar Nazarov is skipping the competition. Countryperson Mukhtar Zhusupov has registered to participate. Early last month, organizers waived registration fees for the event in order to encourage competitors to take part.
Currently, Mongolia’s Bolor-Erdene Ganbat is the top ranked competitor in the world in the Male K44 under 61 kg class. In the Male K44 under 75 kg class, Iran’s Mahdi Pourrahnamaahmadgourabi is ranked number one. Croatia’s Ivan Mikulic is currently ranked first in the Male K44 over 75 kg class. Namig Abbasov of Azerbaijan is number one in the Male K43 under 61 kg class. Ukraine’s Anton Shvets is ranked first in the Male K43 under 75 kg class. In the Male K42 under 61 kg class, Turkey’s Mehmet Sami Sarac is ranked number one.