*Electronic scoring equipment to be used
No fewer than 120 Taekwondo athletes from various parts of Nigeria will this weekend engage themselves in battle for honours when the third edition of the Chika Chukwumerije Sports Foundation (CCSF) prix series gets underway inside Old parade ground located within the nation’s capital, Abuja.
Already, Taekwondo athletes from 12 states including Zamfara, Plateau, Ogun, Niger, Kebbi, Edo, Delta, Cross River, Borno, Benue, Abia and host state, FCT have declared interest and registered for the grassroots event taking place between 8th and 9th September, 2017.
The competition put together by CCSF and FCT Taekwondo Association was designed to develop athletes, coaches and referees at the grassroots level to learn new ways of doing their bits.
Speaking ahead of the tournament, one of the participating athletes, Joy Ikpeamaeze who actually won silver medals in both Kerougi and Poomsae during the last edition in July this year remarked: “I have been training in the past without getting opportunity to participate in any competition. But this competition has actually exposed me. Fighting in the very first tournament, I was so nervous. But fighting in the subsequent edition, I gained more courage and it’s been a good experience.
“This time I’m going to for the gold and gain more experience. I also intend to get better position on the podium.”
From Kebbi state, one of the athletes Danbaba Jamilu Ahmed who has distinguished himself in the previous editions assured of his readiness to continuously achieve new heights.
Also speaking, Chairman of the FCT Taekwondo Association, Grandmaster Tony Anafulu made it clear that the event gives a massive opportunity to young taekwondo athletes.
Adding; “the event uses the same technology being used at the World Championships and at senior events, so these upcoming athletes can gain confidence from the beginning. Even more importantly, national athletes are not allowed to participate in order to give opportunity to upcoming talents to express themselves.”
Team CCSF’s Elizabeth Anyanacho in female -63kg [210 points]; Q-Madi’s Esther Ndima in female +67kg [210 points]; FCT’s Chidinma David in female -57kg [105 points]; Ebonyi’s Onang Okwo in female -49kg [105 points].
Others are Kebbi’s Charles Okon in male -58kg [210 points]; Kebbi’s Danbaba Jamilu Ahmed in male -68kg [160 points]; Team CCSF’s Peter Itiku in male -80kh [210 points] and Team CCSF’s Kenneth Ogbu in male +80kg [160 points].
The electronic equipment being used on the world circuit will be used at the event. In addition, there will be prize money for competitors in the adult category, as well as medals and certificates from all medal winners.