A total of 66 school pupils have successfully graduated from taekwondo training sessions organised by the Korean Cultural Centre in Nigeria (KCCN).
The pupils graduated in different fields, including the beginner’s class, colour 1 (yellow and orange) and colour 2 (green and above).
Speaking at the graduation ceremony held in KCCN theatre hall at River House, Abuja, Han Sungrae, director of KCCN, said out of 77 pupils that participated in a season drill exercise, only 66 completed their training and graduated to the next level.
While congratulating the graduating pupils and their parents, Sungrae said apart from the regular season training exercise, the KCCN also trains primary and secondary school students during holiday in taekwondo classes as part of its regular activities to strengthen and bilateral ties between Nigeria and Republic of Korea.
Out of the 66 graduating pupils, the quartet of Dada Adedamola Nathaniel, Mikail esa Widungraha, Kanetochukwu Adigwe and Chizea Nwachukwu emerged as the best performing students in their respective categories.
Speaking to LEADERSHP Sports on the sideline of the graduation ceremony, KCCN taekwondo head coach, Abdulmalik Mohammed, explained that the plan of the centre was to develop talents at their young age, who will go on to win laurels for Nigeria in the nearest future.
He disclosed that already discovered talents from the centre had represented their teams in various continental and national programmes with an eye for more international exposure and achievements in the future.
He said: “Over the years, we have produced talents who have gone 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.”