Kurt Barbosa clinched a Tokyo Olympics berth in the 2021 Asian Taekwondo Olympic Qualification Tournament, where he mounted a comeback win that went viral online.
He is the lone member of the Philippine Taekwondo Association that qualified for the Summer Games.
He became a part of the Philippine national team only in 2019.
In the same year he was recruited for the national team, he participated at the 30th SEA Games where he struck gold in the men’s 54kg category.
He was first noticed at UAAP Season 81, where he spearheaded National University to the championship while emerging as the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player.
Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.
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