Egypt Open: NTF President bags best Referee award
President, Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) and top World Taekwondo Referee, Mrs Margaret Elizabeth Binga, has been crowned as the Best Female Referee of the just concluded World Taekwondo G-2 ranked tournament, which was held in Cairo, Egypt.
The former two-time African Champion was invited to officiate at the high-level event, which would earn her top ranking points, and improve her quest towards being promoted to a Grade-1 ranked International Referee.
Presenting the award to the NTF President, President of African Taekwondo Union, General Ahmed Fouly praised the work ethics and achievements of Binga.
Fouly added; “It is amazing that Mrs Binga still finds the time to perform her international referee duties and at the same time shepherd such a high level of taekwondo activities back in Nigeria. We are keenly following the flurry of activities in Nigeria and it is very commendable. Her performance as a referee at this event is only a testament to her constant drive to achieve excellence while working hard.”
The award will be a boost to Mrs Binga as the Federation has set a target to train 100 new referees before the end of four-year tenure of the present NTF board.
The last NTF National Referee Course in December had more than 35 participants, and the Federation will be looking to conduct more National Referee Seminars across the six geo-political zones as the year runs out.
While lauding the organisers, coaches and referees for voting her as the best Referee, Mrs Binga talked about how she hoped this award could inspire more excellence within the Nigeria Taekwondo Referees circles, adding; “Nigeria has good referees but we would want to step up their training so more of us can take our place on the world stage.
“This would require a lot of work and I hope that awards like this can motivate us more towards this aim”
Speaking on the absence of Nigeria athletes at the event, Mrs Binga who is the first Woman President to lead Nigeria Taekwondo noted that it was a tactical decision of the NTF technical team.
The World Taekwondo G-2 ranked Egypt Open had 287 competitors athletes from 37 countries in attendance.
Binga-led Taekwondo board for the first time in history put together Nigeria Open in December last year, barely four months after the current NTF Leadership was inaugrated.