NIGERIA MISSING AS YOUTH OLYMPIC QUALIFIERS BEGINS IN TUNISIA
Despite being registered in time, Nigeria’s Future Taekwondo Athletes will be missing in action as the two-day Youth Olympic Qualification Tournament and World Junior Taekwondo Championships kicks off in Hammamet, Tunisia, which holds between 5 – 14 April 2018.
To represent the country were: Happiness Adirimo [female -49kg] who won Gold medal at the National Youth Games; Bukola Ogunnusi [female -63kg] who won Silver in the Seniors category at the 2017 Nigeria Open & Bronze at the 2018 National Senior Trials; and Wisdom Efosa.
The three youth athletes were also registered to compete at the World Junior Taekwondo Championships, which is scheduled to begin on 9th April 2018 immediately after the Junior Olympic qualifiers at the same city of Hammamet, Tunisia.
To join them was Faith Nwankwo [female -46kg] won Gold medal at the 2017 National Youth Games, who is in the same Olympic weight category at Happiness Adirimo but a different world category.
Despite the fact that the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation has been one of the most active and dynamic sporting federations in Nigeria, having conducted twelve national programs in six months with internally generated funds, the sports ministry failed to build up on the taekwondo federation’s momentum by approving funds for young athletes going to represent the country.
It can be recalled that athletes like Isah Adamu Abubakar and Shola Olowookere attended the last youth Olympic qualifiers, where they gained critical international experience, before they went on Commonwealth Gold medallist in the same year.