With the renowned South Korean taekwondo tactician Master Cho Jung Hyun in charge of their technical team, Team South Africa are confident of making their presence felt at the 25th World Student Games.
The biennial competition, where 149 countries across the globe participate, starts tomorrow. Master Cho is also in charge of the South African team for the Olympic Games.
The knowledgeable Master Cho is credited with developing Duncan Mahlangu of Mmakau in North West into one of the most promising martial arts fighters in the world. Mahlangu is currently in South Korea preparing for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
"Master Cho has been doing a great job preparing our team for the World Student Games and we are looking forward to a great taekwondo tournament," said Sanele Madlala, Team South Africa's head of delegation.
One of South Africa's athletes in taekwondo, Lungiswa Nante of Mdantsane, East London, is hoping to make a splash in her debut at this World Student Games.
"It's my first trip abroad and I want to make it a memorable one by adding to the success of my country," said Nante, who will start her competition on Thursday.
Other taekwondo team members are Jeanne Mari Prinsloo, Amanda-Lee Grobler, Natasha Stefanie Glassford, Shaun Neil Woodman, Ernest Christian Louw, Stefan Wolfgang Pfeffer and Gideon Jacobus van Zyl.
In tennis, three South Africans - Kyle Parfitt, Karin Coetzee and Ghizela Schutte - will be in action today.