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Taekwondo: Margaret Binga signs WTF-THF humanitarian charter

*To deploy Taekwondo to refugee camps worldwide

President of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF), Mrs Margaret Elizabeth Binga, has followed in the steps of hundreds of other World Taekwondo-affiliated countries to join Nigeria Taekwondo to the Charter of the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF), a critical project of World Taekwondo.

According to THF website, “There are currently nearly 20 million refugees worldwide and many millions more displaced internally or seeking asylum. If these persons were combined as a nation, it would be the world’s 24th largest country.”

Earlier this year, the World Taekwondo President, Chungwon Choue, invited the President of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation, alongside all other Member of National Association [MNA] presidents to adopt the Charter and engage along the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation [WHF] in its important mission.

For the World Taekwondo President, “It is time to act. The World Taekwondo Federation, which administers the Olympic sport globally, is doing just that. We have helped establish the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF) in April 2016 in Lausanne, Switzerland.”

He further explained the purpose of the Foundation.

“Its mandate is to deploy taekwondo coaches to refugee camps worldwide, bringing the benefits of fitness, sport, self-defence, self-belief and self-respect to those who need it most. Taekwondo is an economical, easily deployed deliverable that can help raise the quality of life for refugees in camps worldwide, both children and adults.”

According to the WT President, “as part of the universal taekwondo family, we all have a duty to take part in this movement and to do good.”

He urged that with the support of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation and all other Federations, the THF will be able to better pursue its missions.

For the first female President of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation, Mrs Margaret Elizabeth Binga, Nigeria’s support for the Charter is important, given the importance of Nigeria to the region.

“Being a mother of six and a successful taekwondo practitioner whose life has been touched by Taekwondo, I support & endorse 100% this humanitarian charter which aims to demonstrate global support to the use of Sport as an empowering tool for refugees worldwide, and to further convince global decision makers to take concrete action in that sense.”

To demonstrate that Nigeria will be an active observer of the charter, the NTF President announced of the proposed upcoming program, whose theme is in line with the THF Charter

“I want to use this opportunity to inform you that the Nigeria Federation will be organizing a workshop in Borno state, located in North East Nigeria, and we will use the opportunity to visit from IDP camps there and engage the refugees with Taekwondo.”

The Federation had its inaugural board meeting  on the 26th September 2017 at the Nigeria Olympic Committee Board Room at the National Stadium Lagos.

The 14-person board, under the leadership of its first female elected President, Mrs Margaret Elizabeth Binga, had its constitution draft review, NTF 2018 Calendar and selection of its committees as top items on its agenda as it looks to reposition the Olympic sport in Nigeria and on the continent.

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