We Can Comfortably Host Africa, World Karate Championship In Nigeria – Agara

 

President of the Karate Federation of Nigeria, Silas Agara said Nigeria has what it takes to host the World Karate Championship in Nigeria.

He stated this at the ongoing Cadet, Junior and Senior Karate Championship; 2023 UFAK African Western Region 2 at the Velodrome of the Package A of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

The former Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State said if they could meet up with the hosting of the ongoing event within two months, then, they can host the whole of Africa and even the World if given the opportunity and ample time to plan.

Agara who was full of excitement disclosed that Ghana, one of the members of the Region 2 supposed to host the championship but pulled out in the last minute and Nigeria, as the big brother, was called upon to take their place.

 

His words, “The board is doing well, I am happy with the kind of support I am getting from them. I believe that when we are call upon next time to host the championship of this nature, we will be able to do so. Already, the officials of the World Karate Federation are saying, with the standard of facilities we have and the nature of organization they have seen on ground, we can comfortably host Africa here in Abuja, Nigeria.

“We were able to put this together at a short notice because the hosting right was for Ghana. We were just plan B of the arrangement and we got the call, one, two months ago, and we were able to rally round to get this done. And if we can do this in one or two months, and we are able to have enough time to plan for the African level, I believe we can comfortably host the World Karate Championship here in Nigeria,” he assured.

Silas revealed that the ongoing event has so far had so many positive effects on the country. According to him, “We have Region 1 and Region 2 made up of eight countries but the active countries are just seven in Region 2. And this is the first time we are hosting the championship in Nigeria. For us, it is an icing on the cake. Giving all the championship we have hosted in Nigeria, this is the climax of it all, having the West African championship in Nigeria.

“Also, part of the benefits is that it will inspire our athletes to compete and improve on their rankings. Secondly, it will encourage our coaches to be accredited at international level. They have to go for refresher programmes and courses; and go through the exams. Thirdly, it gives our referees opportunity to be certified. To get the proper certificate to enable them to officiate at International level. Already, we have five referees that have been graded at the world level and 12 at the African level and lots of them at the West African level. And this is another opportunity to increase that number.”

Meanwhile, Ghana did not show up for the championship due to financial constraints while Liberia failed to appear because of their just-concluded general elections. Cote d’ivoire on the other hand just did their Federation’s election and are yet to settle down for work or assemble Karate fighters.

The opening ceremony was done on Friday while the closing ceremony will take place on Saturday at the same venue.

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