Taekwondo: Nine refs gets certificated at Abuja CCSF Grand Prix

Nine referees passed the Chika Chukwumerije Sports Foundation (CCSF)/FCT Taekwondo Association Referees Course held at the Old Parade Ground, FCT Abuja.

13 out of the 61 officials that attended the programme from Benue, Plateau, Cross River, Lagos and the FCT wrote the examinations conducted by Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Binga, who is a World Taekwondo Federation International Referee [Class 2].

Speaking at the end of the workshop, CCSF boss, Chika Chukwumerije, who was impressed with its organization, said, “one of our core competencies is sports event management. FCT Taekwondo has a goal and we helped match resources to help them achieve their goals. We are happy that all the participants left satisfied and that the sport is better off with yet another quality programme delivered.”

He revealed that the nine successful referees officiates at the FCT-sanctioned CCSF Prix Series.

The event had a four-hour morning session and a three-hour evening session, which was then followed by the one-hour FCT Referee certification course for participants interested in officiating at FCT sanctioned Taekwondo events.

For FCT based local coach, Francis Solomon, the event added so much knowledge to his arsenal. “This programme has totally changed the way I will teach and instruct my athletes. I am very happy I came for this course. It makes a lot of difference,” he said.

Africa Games’ silver medallist and national champion, Chinazom Nwosu, said the event would keep her highly competitive, adding, “I feel even more confident that I would continue to perform on the competitive mat because I now know these new rules. I would adapt my training accordingly so I can be ready to exploit these rules on the international stage.”

Also speaking on the programme, Mrs. Margaret Binga, who was the NTF Vice President and a two-time African champion, said the “FCT Taekwondo has decided to develop referees, coaches and athletes through programmes like this. I am ready to organise this kind of world class referee course in any state or region that needs and requests it. It is important that Nigeria develops a high standard of officiating personnels that can stand any international test.”

The Chairman of the FCT Taekwondo Association, Mr. Tony Anafulu, was very pleased with the entire exercise. “One of our goals is to develop good referees, coaches and athlete. This seminar helped a whole lot. We have five tournaments we have sanctioned for 2017 and we need good local referees to gain experience at this event. We are confident that a few more seminars like this would bring FCT Taekwondo closer to its goal.”

Several parents attended the grand prix like a vigil waiting behind to cheer their wards. Several foreign guests were also present to witness the event. About 300 athletes mostly below the age of 10 participated in the event.

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