*Grassroots, medals haul our target
Newly inaugurated President of Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF), Mrs Elizabeth Binga, has assured that the current board would focus steadily on grassroots development as part of the effort geared towards discovering budding talents across the country.
Mrs Binga who spoke shortly after Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung inaugurated her, alongside other NTF Board members in Abuja emphatically stated that time has come for Nigeria Taekwondo to take its rightful place.
According to her, “we have lost a lot of time because of the championships ahead of us. We may say that 2019 and 2020 are far but they are not. What has happened has happened. We need to get down to business. Most of the advanced countries have gone far in their preparations.
“Without the athletes, we can’t have a board. Their welfare will be our top priority so as to re-write the past concerning Nigerian Taekwondo. I’m going to be a president for all. It’s not all about me; the athletes are the focal point.
“It’s not a good thing that athletes train all year round without competitions. We will soon sit together as a board and chart the way forward for Nigeria Taekwondo. We even need to organise our own competitions and invite others just as they used they organise and invite.”
Athlete representatives and board member, Chika Chukwumerije, expressed optimism that with the new NTF leadership, Nigeria Taekwondo was on the pathway for better times, harped on the need for all hands to be on deck.
Another board member, Coach Anthony Anafulu, who is also the chairman, FCT Taekwondo Association stressed that long-age Taekwondo developmental programmes which has been in the nation’s capital would now be replicated nationally.
We can make the sport available to every Nigerian. Taekwondo is a sport that every Nigerian is supposed to be involved with. Its a matter of time.