Photo: Afghanistan National Taekwondo Federation

Taekwondo athlete Amiri wins first gold for Afghanistan at G2 Korea Open

Taekwondo athlete Ali Akbar Amiri won the first gold medal for Afghanistan at the 2023 Chuncheon Korea G2 Open International Taekwondo Championships.

Amiri, a member of Afghanistan’s national taekwondo team, secured first place in the men’s +87 kg category at the tournament after defeating Nigeria’s Abdoul Issoufou on Friday.

Issoufou was a gold medalist at the 2021 African Taekwondo Championships and a former world taekwondo champion.

Before beating Issoufou, Amiri beat rivals from Canada, Kazakhstan, and South Korea.

Afghanistan National Taekwondo Federation said that Amiri’s remarkable win marked the first-ever gold medal for the country in the G2 Korea Open.

“We congratulate this delightful win to the people of Afghanistan,” the Federation stated.

The G2 Korea Open is a prominent and highly-competitive international tournament. This year, more than 500 athletes from across 60 countries participated in the competition.