The President of Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF), Margaret Binga has lamented over the challenges experienced by the federation due to lack of budgetary allocations from the federal government.
She made this known while reviewing her one year anniversary tenure in office.
According to her, she was able to lead the federation to success in all the national programs embarked upon despite lack of monetary support from sport ministry or corporate bodies.
Binga however promised to do her possible best to deliver value to the Nigeria Taekwondo Community and create conducive environment for the young talents to thrive
“Exactly one year ago, you graciously elected us to serve you and bring positive motion to our aspirations and ambitions with regards to Taekwondo in Nigeria. So much has been learnt on this journey so far and we dare say that it has been as challenging as we envisaged it to be prior to asking for your permission to serve.”
“With no budget whatsoever, we have accomplished all our national programs. We can assure you that we are working hard to get partners and sponsors as this would increase our capacity and capability to serve you even more” she said.
The NTF boss reiterate that 14 NTF organized programs throughout five geo-political zones in 12 months, including coaching and referee workshops that targets development of their core professionals at the grassroots.
She noted that the federation’s athletes participated in 5 internationals, winning a total of 8 medals in these events.
The international referee added “While we are happy to have increased the number of national events across the country, we are far from satisfied as there is a lot more to be achieved e.g. standardization of our hiring process for national coaches, pushing to have a national training centre, more exposure of our taekwondo community to internationals amongst others”.
“After 30 years, we now have an NTF constitution. The youth also had her first ever junior taekwondo championships, attendance in three international youth tournaments, plus pushed for addition of juniors’ category at the upcoming Korea Ambassador Cup, which is the first time that this would happen”.