*Stakeholders meeting for 13th April in Abuja
As campaign hits up ahead of expected elections into various sporting federations in Nigeria later this month, a ranking board member of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) Chika Chukwumerije has asked incumbent President George Ashiru to get ready to handover immediately after another leader of the federation emerges.
However, sources disclosed to www.gongnews.net that there is going to be a stakeholders meeting on the Federation elections on the 13th April 2017 at the media centre of the National Stadium in Abuja expected to be declared open by the minister ahead of the official release of the guidelines.
Chukwumerije who again re-echoed that he won’t be contesting to superintend the affairs of the federation at the moment maintained that Nigeria Taekwondo was in dire need of a pragmatic leader who would sanitise and take the federation to an enviable height.
Speaking to Sports journalists in Abuja, the Olympic medal-winner was emphatic that for the past four years, no visible and forward-moving result has been recorded by the outgoing President.
Chika, the Chief Executive Officer of Chika Chukwumerije Sports Foundation (CCSF) that has been churning out young Taekwondo fighters who go about winning medals with visible improvement within and outside the country added; “I will be looking forward to a new president. So far, we have learnt that the quality of persons on the board is very important. We need a president that will look at the vision and work assiduously towards it as a team leader.
“The incumbent President is a good man. He speaks well. He can still be on the board of NTF but not to continue as President. Why did I say so? When I look at what has happened in the past four years, the board has met only four times. No concrete agreements has been reached on our programmes based on what is expected.
“We need the kind of president that commands clout internationally, who is willing to spend. When I hear there is no money, it gives me headache. Is it that you didn’t know there was no money before you took over as president?
“We need a president that has a functional financial plan and can put things in action with courage. As a federation, we have recorded the worst result in past four years. For instance, no Taekwondo athlete qualified for the last Olympic Games. At the 2015 All Africa Games, we could only boost of one gold, three silver and two bronze medals. These results amount to the worst-ever in our history as a sport.
“How can we not have a Constitution? The states are supposed to take down the things we do at the federation level so that they can implement in order to make things work better.”
At the moment, Chukwumerije has no fewer than 16 growing Taekwondo athletes directly under his sports foundation with a special focus on breeding a good number of them that would compete favourably at the various upcoming World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) sanctioned international events, next African Games, then Tokyo 2020 Olympics.