Taekwondo: Korea Ambassador Championship begin October 11th
By Joel Ajayi
The 9th Edition of Korean Ambassador Taekwondo Championship will begin on Thursday, October 11th and end Saturday 18th.
The yearly event slated for 0ctober 4th to 6th was postponed due to the nation-wide strike by organized labour in the country.
A new date will see over 200 athletes fighting for medals at the National Stadium Package Basketball Indoor hall in Abuja.
In a statement issued by the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation NTF Secretary Mr Kabiru Yusuf, highlighted reasons why the event is important to entire Nigerian community.
“This is to inform you that 2018 Edition of Korean Ambassador Taekwondo Championship has been rescheduled to take place between 11th and 18th October 2018 at the same venue while the National Referee workshop will hold 8th and 10th October 2018.
“One of the importance of this year edition is that the ranked athletes will earn automatic selections to national camps
“It will also serve as great preparation for the Nigeria Open and National Sports Festival Nigeria and would assist the Taekwondo practitioners to have a firm understanding of the technology and fighting conditions before these events.
“The arrangement has been put in place to ensure free accommodation that will help to reduce the athlete’s logistical costs.”
The NTF scribe disclosed that the NTF-D ranked championships which featured only eight Kyeorugi (fighting) weight categories in the 2017 edition would be expanded to 23 events (including 18 Kyeorugi in seniors and juniors as well as 5 Poomsae events) at the 2018 edition.
“This is the first time that juniors will be featured at the championships, which has been in existence since the 1980s”.
“The latest Daedo Gen 2 technology and World Taekwondo rules will be used for the event, which will mark the first time the latest technology and rules will be used in a national senior event in Nigeria, after it is a test run at the upcoming National Youth Games in Ilorin, Kwara”.
On his own, the NTF Technical Director, Olympic Bronze medalist Chika Chukwumerije, however, assured participating Nigerian a memorable experience as athletes will be smiling home with cash apart from the medal at stake