GLOBAL COMPETITIONS: NTF CAMPS 64 TAEKWONDOISTS IN ZARIA CAMP
By Mohammed Lawal
Credit: News Agency of Nigeria
The Nigerian Taekwondo Federation (NTF) has commenced a 10-day national camping for 64 athletes at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria ahead of global competitions this year.
The Chairman, Technical and Development Committee of NTF, Alhaji Sani Lawal, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the camp in Zaria, Kaduna State on Friday.
He said the 64 athletes were selected for at the just-concluded 2018 national trials held in Zaria from Feb. 3 to Feb. 4.
Lawal said that 32 athletes would be selected from the 64 and would eventually represent the country in any competition.
The chairman said: “The national camp is meant to expose the athletes to national, international and dynamic Taekwondo rudiments with a view to preparing them for higher competitions.
“The recent national trials has given all the athletes across Nigeria equal opportunity to qualify for camping; we are happy that the turnout is very impressive.
“We want to groom the athletes on camp to produce a formidable team that will make Nigeria proud and keep the nation’s flag flying in global competitions.
“What the athletes need is just the exposure and the sky will be their limit. They have talents to favourably compete with their counterparts from any nation,’’ Lawal said.
He urged successful athletes to be diligent, disciplined and committed during and after the training. (NAN)
(Editing by Joseph Idika/Peter Ejiofor)