MANILA, Philippines – Kurt Barbosa vowed that his departure from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is just the beginning of his young international career.
On Instagram, Barbosa thanked those close to him and emphasized that the loss to the top ranked jin Jan Jung is not the end for him.
“This may not be our moment, but I promise that I will not stop fighting and trying because I believe that losing is part of the game and it is where we learn and gain the courage to fight again. We are just beginning, ”Barbosa wrote Saturday.
“I will surely apply all my experiences in my next matches and I hope they are all with me until we get that victory. All this I dedicate to my family, I appreciate the incessant support that you gave me, you are the reason why I always keep moving. We will not lose hope, if we believe that we can achieve something, we will. My next goal is to work hard for my next fight, to gain more experience because we still have a lot to learn. The show must go on; our time will come. “
Barbosa faced Jang, a five-time World Taekwondo Federation Grand Prix champion and 2019 World Taekwondo Championship gold medalist, in his first Olympic experience and was quickly overpowered losing 26-6.
The Southeast Asian Game gold medalist had a chance to enter the bronze medal rematch, the tournament for those who lost to the eventual two finalists, but Jang suffered an unexpected defeat to Tunisian Mohamed Khalil Jendoubi, 25- 19, in the semifinals.
“For my beloved Philippines, it was an honor to bear her name at such a big event,” Barbosa wrote in Filipino. “I will not give up. Thanks to my compatriots, we will stand up.”
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