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The President of Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF), Margaret E. Bingo has revealed that her board has spent $30,000 to bring to life the federation she met in comatose.
She was sworn in as the president in 2017 to become the second ever female president of a sports federation and the first ever female president of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation.
She also stated that the federation is ready to the host the 2nd Nigeria Taekwondo International Open.
The Open which has the G1 international ranking was approved by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) will kick off inside the Velodrome corner of the Abuja National Stadium on Friday, 8 to Sunday 10, February 2019.
In a press briefing ahead of games, the NTF boss opined that equipment and facilities to be used in the open will be in line with international best practices.
“All equipment and material to make this program a remarkable are well in place, because we are in partnership with World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) and they have been able to support this event with the latest equipment and gadgets that worth more than $8,000 dollars “, she said.
According to her, the country’s national team athletes will use the open to put their strength to test against their competitors ahead of 2019 All African Game.
“G-1 ranking event is an event where athletes would compete and get ranking that would enable them to qualify for Olympic and put them in Taekwondo world Ranking map.
“We have sixteen countries that have registered to participate this historic event, have 152 participants and also 23 Nigeria clubs have registered for this event and some of the countries like the United States and Mali has arrived and also expecting more before the opening day.
She also stated that before now, the federation has invested up to $30,000 dollars into the NTF bring it to limelight because we inherited nothing when we came onboard.
She also revealed that there are no prizes for the athletes as they are only competing for points to increase their chances of participating at the
There is no prize for this competition, we have medals instead. We are affiliated to WT and that’s how they run this kind of event. The only prize they have is the point that they are going to make from the championship.
“Other African countries are benefiting immensely from WTF because the programme and participation around the globe”, she concluded.
She however calls on corporate organizations and individuals to come into partnership with the federation in order to develop the sports in the country.
Nigeria will be vying for glories against household countries in the sports like Saudi Arabia, United States, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo, Oman, Senegal, Togo and Guadeloupe.
In his own submission, Chika Chukwumerije, NTF Technical Director said the event is strategic to develop new talents who don’t have any international exposure ahead of the All Africa Games.
“We have a new generation of athletes who have no international exposure whatsoever.
“It’s a win-win for us. If they beat them, they will get the confidence to beat them in August and if they don’t, we will also look at them and see where we will work upon,” he said.