Joshua Alabi, Ondo State Assistant Taekwondo coach has said the state taekwondo practitioners are ‘battle ready’ to win laurels for the state at the upcoming National Sports Festival.
The festival, tagged, “Eko 2012”, will hold from Nov. 27 to Dec. 9 in Lagos.
Alabi said on Monday in Akure that the state’s athletes had been issued ‘state of the art equipment’ for their training, so as to motivate them to improve on their performances.
“We have equipment that will bring out better performances from our athletes. We will ensure that we win medals in all the categories we are featuring in.
“If 20 athletes are required in the festival, we will field them because we have amazing talents in the state and they are ready to bring glory to our ‘sunshine state,” he said.
Afolabi Kolade, an Ondo State taekwondoist, said they were ready for the festival, stressing that they have trained to improve on their performance at the Port Harcourt festival.
“We are going to Lagos to win medals; that is why we have been training everyday to be in good shape for the festival,” Kolade said.
However, it would be noted that the last festival in Port Harcourt, Ondo State won six medals: one gold, two silver, and three bronze medals.