*Explores possibility of introducing sport to IDPs, orphans
Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) visited the “Farm Centre” where internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Maiduguri, Borno state over the weekend with the intent to introduce the sport to them.
The objective of the visit was to distribute some taekwondo equipment and explore the possibility of introducing taekwondo to a couple of the IDP camps.
During the visit, the 20-person contingent led by the NTF President Mrs Margaret Elizabeth Binga engaged over 200 children in taekwondo training and physical exercises.
Other persons in the contingent included: Alhaji Yusuf Mustapha [Deputy Director of Sports]; Mr Taiwo Oriss, NTF Secretary-General; Alhaji Sani Lawal Chairman NTF Technical & Development Committee, Mr Tony Anafulu Chairman NTF Para Taekwondo Committee, Mr Chika Chukwumerije NTF Technical Director, Mr Michael Ugboko Member NTF Para-Taekwondo Committee, Mr Isah Okon Head Coach Borno State Taekwondo and 12 Borno state taekwondo athletes.
Director of State Emergency Management Agency, Engineer Satomi Ahmed, thanked the Federation for paying the historic visit to the camp.
“You can see how happy the kids are. Activities like this engage them and gives them a lot of hope. We hope that a programme can be established so the young people can be consistently engaged.”
President of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation, Mrs Margaret Elizabeth Binga, promised to explore every possibility to introduce taekwondo to the camps.
“These are the people that sports can help most. We will start the bureaucratic process that will get the Federation cleared to start up this programme. It would keep the local coaches in Borno busy, the kids engaged and certainly we hope that in a few years, many of these kids would have developed their talents and be good enough to enter the national teams.”
Taekwondo uniforms and taekwondo kicking shoes were delivered to the camp authorities to distribute to the kids, with the Federation promising to send in several bags of rice within a fortnight to complement the donated sports items.
The visit to the IDP camp was done on the back of a successfully completed basic coaching workshop for the region. A total of 45 participants from Borno, Yobe, Gombe, Nasarawa, Bauchi and one participant from Cameroon were taught the latest taekwondo rules and basic taekwondo coaching methodology during the workshop.
It is the first of six workshops that federation will organise across the six geo-political zones. The other cities to hold the workshop include Abakaliki, Makurdi, Osogbo, Gusau and Calabar.