Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF)’s quest for sustainable development of taekwondo in the country has been brightened by the Korea Cultural Centre (KCC) with the training of 83 new set of young taekwondo athletes.
The athletes, who graduated after 14 to 16 weeks intensive training for regular students and seven to eight weeks for summer (holiday) students were exposed to Korean culture, martial art and confidence building towards 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
The taekwondo classes organised by the Korea Cultural Centre of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, are part of the regular activities to strengthen the bilateral ties between Nigeria and Republic of Korea, and also nurturing young Nigerians that will compete and win laurels for the country at the various national and international competitions.
According to statistics made available to LEADERSHIP Sports during the graduation ceremony held inside KCCN theatre hall in Abuja, 33 graduates out of 42 regular students were promoted to the next level, while 35 students that participated in summer holiday class were promoted to the next level as well.
Ian Oni, Iffah Yunus, Ivy Oni and Ogechukwu Kalu emerged as best graduating students in the regular set just as Jordan Ibe Ihensekhien, Barach Shekari, Okiemute Minabuwan and Thurayya Sani Yusuf were best four from the summer class.
Speaking on the import of the training, head coach of the centre, Abdulmalik Mohammed, explained that the KCCN was dedicated to churning out talents from tender ages who would aspire and blossom to stardom.
He made it clear that already discovered talents from the centre had gone to represent their teams in various continental and national programmes with an eye for more international exposure and achievements in the future.
Mohammed, 4-degree black-belter, who has been with the Korean Centre since 2009 and was educated at Kyung-Hee University in Korea said, “This is the second time we are graduating students this year. In the past, we use to have regular classes but this time around, we introduced summer classes. The essence is to improve the centre geared at giving more opportunity to develop themselves.
“Over the years, we have produced talents who spread to various parts of the world in search of greener pastures. When they get there, they express desire to continue from the point we have taken them to. The development of would-be athletes is our major concern and we have demonstrated commitment to it”.
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