Ferguson Oluigbo, Chairman, Main Organising Committee (MOC), for the forthcoming PTCAN National Taekwondo Poomsae Classics, has urged athletes intending to take part in the event to tidy up their registration.
Oluigbo told newsmen on Friday that the event would hold in the Knock-Up Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos, from Oct. 14 to Oct. 15.
He said that the championships, organised in memory of departed taekwondo heroes, would feature on the Poomsae event.
Newsmen report that Poomsae is a demonstration taekwondo event for athletes in various male and female categories, ranging from U-8, U-14, Senior and Adult categories.
“Registration is open and some athletes have completed their registration, and we have also confirmed their participation.
“Other athletes, however, indicated interest without meeting the basic requirements and the competition is fast approaching.
“This championships go beyond our normal activity as the motive is to specifically honour our past heroes, who have stood themselves out and contributed immensely to the development of taekwondo in Nigeria.
“They are Adamu Buba, a former national coach, Yusuf Yaya, former Oyo State Coach, former international, Kwame Chukwurerije, Grand Master Gibson Ogbonna and Efeoghene Obukohwo who recently passed on,’’ he said.
Oluigbo said that certificates of participation would be given to athletes, while the outstanding ones in their categories would receive trophies and awards.
The official, who doubles as the President of Nigeria Taekwondo Referees Association (NTRA), noted that the championships would be officiated by only male and female-graded referees in the Masters’ Categories.
He said the championships were of international standard and, therefore, required the involvement of highly rated and certified referees, who would bring their experience to bear on the event.
“Because of the standard of the championships, we have restricted the officiating to only certified referees above 35 years, which is needed for the good of the athletes,’’ he said.
Oluigbo advised participants outside Lagos to consider Oct. 13 as their arrival date, to enable them to settle on time for the competition.
He added that lateness to match venue would not be accommodated.