*Cameroon, Niger, Chad, 29 others storm Abuja
Three African countries including Cameroon, Niger Republic and Chad and 29 other states, clubs, school, military, para-military and individual participants are currently on their way to Abuja ahead of 2017 Korean Ambassador’s Taekwondo championship scheduled between 1st and 2nd December.
The event which would signal the first-ever grand competitive outing by the Elizabeth Binga-led Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) inaugurated barely three months ago takes place inside package B of Abuja National stadium.
While the senior national teams of Cameroon, Chad and Niger registered six, 14 and five athletes respectively, many other athletes from 18 states in Nigeria, schools, clubs, Military and Para-Military organisations are equally battle ready. Nasarawa, Delta, Kebbi, Plateau, Niger, Taraba, Ondo, Bayelsa, Anambra, Zamfara, Borno, Abia, Yobe, Cross River, Lagos, Nigeria Army, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), ABU Zaria are among the teams expected.
In all about 115 male and 45 Female Taekwondo fighters will be gunning for honours in 58kg, -68kg, -80kg, and +80kg, -49kg, -57kg, -67kg and +67kg.
Disclosing this in Abuja on Wednesday, Technical Director, Engineer Chika Chukwumerije hinted that besides medals and certificates to be won, winners would be given top quality taekwondo equipment sponsored by the Korean cultural centre.
According to him; “NTF National ranking points will also be up for grabs by medallists and participants based on their performances. I’m primarily interested in seeing our best athletes right now and notes.
“We want to build a formidable national team and we need to know our current Arsenal to make a right assessment on the areas we need to work on. Having seen the quality teams registered by Niger Republic and Cameroon especially, I’m looking forward to see how our Nigerian teams will rise up to the occasion.”
Chairman, Technical committee of NTF, Alhaji Sani Lawal confirmed the readiness of the organisers towards giving the competition an outlook it deserves.
Back to back defending champions, NSCDC, African champion, Uzoamaka Otuadinma and Commonwealth gold medallist, Josephine Esuku as well as other stars will set the Nation’s capital alight during the two-day event.