Two students at Universitas Dian Nuswantoro (Udinus) triumphantly emerged as champions at the 2023 MBW International Taekwondo Championship. Both of those athletes claimed gold and bronze medals upon competing at the Titiwangsa Stadium, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The gold medal was secured by Fahad Abdur Rahman in the Men’s U68 Class and the bronze medal was earned by Kikan Nurhaliza Raniku in the Women’s U46 Class. Both were Undergraduate Management Students at Udinus of the 2020 cohort. 

Fahad was grateful and proud to present a gold medal for Indonesia and Udinus. He further added that he had gained priceless experience in competing against many different athletes from various countries including Malaysia, Thailand, Korea, China, and Australia. He had been preparing his physique since the beginning of February. He had been a champion of the 2023 Central Java Sports Week, which was taken place last August in Pati Raya, Central Java. Additionally, the champion seat at the 2023 Kemenpora Cup was also claimed by Fahad.

“I hereby express my gratitude for the support given by the whole academic community at Udinus. I shall aim to give it my all for the upcoming Pre-national Sports Week in October,” Fahad, born on March 24th, 2001 uttered. 

Meanwhile, Kikan shared that the international championship had its own charm. In fact, it was her third competition upon recovering from her injuries. Despite not earning the gold medal, Kikan, born on September 6th, 2002, expressed her pride. In addition, she said that her performance would serve as an evaluation for the next competition. 

“I could not help but express my thankfulness to the Student Affairs team, coaches, and other athletes in the Taekwondo Student Activity Unit for providing me with trust and support. It is truly a beyond-price experience to represent Udinus at an international sports event,” said the silver medallist at the 2023 Central Java Sports Week.

The MBW International Taekwondo Championship was a sports event involving many athletes from various countries. It took place at the Titiwangsa Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, the championship lasted for three days and started on August 18th, 2023. (Humas Udinus/Haris. Foto: Dok. Pribadi)

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