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London 2012: Chukwumerije Promises Nigeria Gold

Nigeria’s hope of a blissful outing at the London 2012 Olympic Games got a boost weekend when Taekwando hopeful Chika Chukwumerije promised to win gold medal for Nigeria.

In a text message from his base in the United Kingdom where he is pursuing a master’s degree, the 2008 Beijing bronze medalist disclosed that he has started preparations for the Games by hiring a foreign coach.

He revealed that he would arrive Nigeria on March 29 to source for funds and proceed to Taiwan and Korea afterward.

“I have to start preparations for the Games immediately,” Chika said. “I will arrive Nigeria on March 29 to procure Taiwan and Korea visas and then leave for Belgium where I will be fighting on April 10 in the Belgium Opens. I will leave for Taiwan after the fight to continue training and leave for Korea to feature in the World Championship between May 1 and 6.”

Chika Chukwumerije at the Beijing 2008 Olympics where he won a bronze medal.

Chika said that he would remain in Taiwan for two months with his foreign coach to finalise preparations for the World Olympic qualifiers.

He said: “I narrowly missed the Olympic gold in 2008 but this time I have to go for the gold. I fought with pains in Beijing and pray to be injury free in London. That perhaps will be my last Olympic outing and I have to make a mark. If my plans work well, I don’t foresee any obstacle between me and the gold this time.

“I never contemplated dumping Nigeria because I have no other country. I will do my best to lift my country at the games because I believe that Nigeria can be the best African country at the 2012 Olympic Games if we start preparations now.”

Nigeria’s Chef de Mission for the London 2012, Chief Patrick Ekeji expressed satisfaction with Chika’s plans stressing that the National Sports Commission would assist him with funds to make his dream a reality.


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