CHIBA, Japan, July 25 (Reuters) – U.S. gold medallist for girls’s taekwondo Anastasija Zolotic stated on Sunday she hoped her historic win would give taekwondo a lift in her house nation, the place different fight sports activities have had a much bigger following than the Korean martial artwork kind.
In a shock outcome, the 18-year-old gained the Unites States’ first gold medal for girls since taekwondo turned a full-medal Olympic sport in 2000.
Requested whether or not there was room for an additional fight sport in a rustic with a larger affection for boxing and blended martial arts, Zolotic stated: “There higher be. I work my butt off for it, and I hope taekwondo (turns into) as fashionable as it may be within the U.S.
“Hopefully in 2024 if I make it over there and win one other gold medal and simply maintain grinding to LA, by then taekwondo might be everywhere in the map,” she stated, referring to the subsequent Summer season Video games in Paris in three years and Los Angeles in 2028.
Whereas taekwondo has 80 million practitioners all over the world, it has struggled to realize traction in america, whereas previous allegations of sexual misconduct towards girls have additionally damage its fame.
“Hopefully (my win) will give it a greater picture than it has and produce it again as much as the place USA taekwondo deserves to be – among the best sports activities that you may watch,” she stated.
Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim; Enhancing by Hugh Lawson
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