Hungarian-Canadian taekwondoka Ivett Gonda received her Hungarian passport -- she will represent Hungary in future competitions

Sunday, February 3, 2013

According to, taekwondoka Ivett Gonda has long been planning to represent her birthplace in international competitions, and now, her dream has come true.

The former member of the Canadian national team has received her Hungarian passport and she will represent Hungary at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

As a member of the Canadian Olympic team, she already participated in two Olympics -- the Athens Summer Games in 2004, and the Beijing Games in 2008 where she captured fifth place. She won the Pan American Games twice.

The Hungarian Teakwondo Federation's website reports that 26-year-old Ivett Gonda was born in Jászberény, Hungary; she was four years old when her parents moved to Canada.

Ivett will continue to train in Canada under her Korean coach, but at international competitions she joins the Hungarian team. She competes the first time, under the Hungarian flag at U.S. Open February 19 – 23, 2013.

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