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Taekwondo triplet asks for community’s help to fund trip to World Championships

PUBLISHED: 10:01 19 July 2015

Ismail Hussain, 13, who could miss out on the Taekwondo World Championships

Ismail Hussain, 13, who could miss out on the Taekwondo World Championships

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A talented teenager who hopes to represent Great Britain at the Taekwondo World Championships is facing missing out on the trip due to lack of funds.

Ismail Hussain, 13, of Beechwood Gardens, Clayhall, has been selected after reaching the finals of the Dutch Open, winning a silver medal and representing Team England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

But the Ilford County High student’s family are struggling to meet the costs of the trip to Korea, with no funding available for young athletes.

Amjid Hussain, Ismail’s father, said: “The opportunity to compete at the World Championships would mean so much to Ismail. The fact he has been selected to represent Britain in Takwondo aged just 13 makes us very proud.

“His whole family are right behind him and it would be a real shame if he had to miss out because of the costs involved. Any help that people can give would be greatly appreciated.”

The youngster has previously hit the headlines along with his brothers Ilyas and Ibrahim, also 13, with the trio dubbed the Taekwondo Triplets.

Ismail, who has been training since the age of 6, travels to Manchester most weekends to do his training while balancing it with his schoolwork.

While the 13-year-old is doing a 10k run to help fundraise, he still needs the support of the community in Redbridge if he is not to miss this opportunity.

Wes Streeting, Ilford North MP who is supporting the fundraising effort, said: “Ismail has shown real dedication to Taekwondo over a number of years and really deserves this opportunity.

“I hope that people will come together locally to make this happen – it would be incredibly disappointing if Ismail is forced to miss the World Championships because of the cost of getting to Korea.

“Please dig deep and support Ismail. I know it will mean so much to him and his family.”

Send your donations to Wes Streeting’s office.


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