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Taekwondo ready to unearth world beaters

By John Egbokhan

Drawing inspiration from the exploits of Uche Chukwumerije at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation, has set in motion, plans to unearth more world beaters with the  organisation of the Lagos State Primary Schools Taekwondo Championships at the Indoor Sports hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, from March 25-26.

While other Nigerian athletes were churning out poor results at the Olympic Games held in the Chinese capital, Chukwumerije, with little or no assistance from the Nigerian government, kicked his way to a bronze medal-winning feat, which to many observers, should have earned him a silver medal at worst.

His sterling display in the taekwondo event was also an eye opener to many a Nigerian sports fans of the ability of Nigerians to do well in such an event and it is this realisation that has to some extent compelled the governing body for the sports in the country to take an introspective look on ways to unearth talents from the schools.

Speaking on the programme, Ezealah Joyce, who is the secretary of the Taekwondo federation, said that the aims of the Championships ranged from developing taekwondo at the grassroot level, to introducing the game to pupils in the primary schools to encouraging taekwondo harmony between schools and to collectively promote the spirit of taekwondo as a guiding principle in the education of our youths.

Ezealah urged schools to register their wards on or before March 24, with the registration duly signed by the Headmaster of the school.

The scribe said that draws for the Championships would be made on March 24.


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