SPORTS MINISTER COMMENDS NTF BOARD
Youth and Sports Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung has commended the leadership of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) led by Mrs Elizabeth Binga for its dexterity and focus which has engendered rare innovations since inauguration few months ago.
Dalung who handed down the commendation while speaking to teaming Journalists in Abuja remarked; “The development going on at grassroots by some federation is amazing and encouraging. If you take for example, the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation has held so many competitions across country even in Maiduguri and even at where Internally Displaced Persons are. I think, this has never happened in the past.”
NTF Board upon inauguration immediately began grassroots coaching programme for all Taekwondo coaches scattered all over the country, with one earmarked for each of the six geo-political zones.
In the course of their training course in Borno, they made out quality time and visited Internally Displaced Persons in Maiduguri where they gifted them with lots of taekwondo training equipment.
There were also two internationally adjudged competitions for Taekwondo athletes organised by same NTF in December – the Korean Ambassador’s Cup and the 1st Nigeria Taekwondo Open Championships. A globally acceptable training event was also put together for Taekwondo Referees in 2017.
Already in 2018, a national open trial for 102 athletes has taken place in Ahmedu Bello University, Zaria, followed by National camping programme ahead of African Taekwondo championship and 2019 African games.
A Junior National championship which would take place in Owerri, Imo state on or before May this year is also on the card.