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Nigeria, Korea strengthen sports ties

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The federal government through the National Sports Commission (NSC) is working out modalities in sports geared towards strengthening closer ties with the government of the Republic of South Korea.

This formed part of the discussions between the Minister of Sports and Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Bolaji Abdullahi and the South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Choi Jong Hyun, when the latter led a delegation from the South Korean Cultural Centre to pay the minister a courtesy visit on Friday June  21, 2013.

The minister lauded the immense contributions of the Korean government towards the growth of global sports in Nigeria, especially the desire to further develop the Taekwondo sport which will be of advantage to the prospects of Nigeria’s participation at the Olympics.

According to Abdullahi, “this is another chapter in our relationship and support to sports development,” stressing that the programme could not have come at a better time than now when sports in Nigeria was undergoing reforms.

The minister expressed delight in partnering with the Korean government in the development of sports in Nigeria.

He used the occasion to solicit the support of the Republic of South Korea in the area of calisthenics even as the Nation prepares for the Centenary celebration in 2014.

Earlier in his remarks  Ambassador Choi jong Hyun expressed his country’s willingness to work closely with Nigeria in promoting Taekwondo in Nigeria.

He was full of admiration for Nigeria’s champion Chika Chukwumerije and was optimistic that with proper training and coaching Nigeria will produce more champions in Taekwondo.

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