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Gov. Hogan to attend second annual Governor's Cup Taekowndo competition at HCC

Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan applauds during the first Governor's Cut Taekowndo Tournament held last year at Harford Community College. The second annual tournament is coming up Saturday at the APG Federal Credit Union and Gov. Larry Hogan and Mrs. Hogan are expected to attend.
Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan applauds during the first Governor's Cut Taekowndo Tournament held last year at Harford Community College. The second annual tournament is coming up Saturday at the APG Federal Credit Union and Gov. Larry Hogan and Mrs. Hogan are expected to attend. (Kenneth K. Lam/The Baltimore Sun)

Gov. Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan will be in Harford County Saturday for the second annual Maryland Governor’s Cup Taekwondo Championship at Harford Community College’s APG Federal Credit Union.

The event is expected to draw youth and adult competitors from throughout Maryland, as well as the Mid-Atlantic region and New England and North Carolina, according to Senior Master Yong Seong-CJ Chang, owner of the U.S. Taekwondo Academy in Bel Air and the master of ceremonies for Saturday’s tournament.

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More than 500 competitors took part in the inaugural Governor’s Cup in March 2017, which was also held at the HCC arena.

“It’s going to be a pretty sizable event again, which is pretty nice,” Chang said Thursday.

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The governor and first lady attended last year’s event, and they served as honorary co-chairs. They will hold the same positions this year, according to a tournament booklet.

The Hogans will attend the tournament from noon to 1 p.m., the time of the opening ceremonies, but the governor will not make any other public appearances Saturday, according to his spokesperson, Shareese Churchill.

Chang was president of the Maryland State Taekwondo Association and the tournament director in 2017. The current association president, Master Chien Vuong, will be the tournament director this year.

Chang said that, as long as he is involved in the tournament, “I will guarantee” that it stays in Harford County, since it is his home county.

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He said it brings competitors from throughout the Mid-Atlantic to Harford County, and it benefits local hotels and restaurants.

“To be able to serve the community that way, I feel like that’s my job as a citizen,” the Bel Air resident and Edgewood High School graduate said.

The tournament, which starts with registration at 8 a.m., is open to the public — Chang estimated there were more than 2,300 spectators last year — and admission is $10 cash per person. Admission is free for children 4 years old and younger and seniors 65 and older, according to the booklet.

Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Cancer Foundation, headquartered in Columbia. The tournament raised more than $5,500 for the foundation last year, Chang said.

“To have the opportunity to utilize our martial art of Taekwondo, which is an Olympic sport, as a vehicle to bring together families from all walks of life, to share in the camaraderie of respect and discipline and honor our governor of Maryland, is truly a blessing,” Chang said.

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