Abuja - Five taekwondo athletes on Tuesday began training at
the Korean Cultural Centre, Abuja in preparation for the 2016 Olympics
qualifiers scheduled to hold in Morocco from February 4 to 7.
The Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) had invited eight
athletes to camp in preparation for the qualifiers.
The athletes are: Jamilu Mohammed, Chinazom Nwosu, Samson
Edwin, Uzoamaka Otuadimma, Esther Uzoukwu, Fatima Abdullahi, Segun Olusola and
Anthony Anafulu, board member, NTF told NAN in Abuja that
the five athletes in camp were Chinazom Nwosu, Samson Edwin, Esther Uzoukwu,
Segun Olusola and Uzoamaka Otuadimma.
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Anafulu, who is also the Head of Coaching, NTF, said that
four out of the eight invited players would compete at the Olympics qualifiers,
while the other four would be the sparring partners.
``The athletes’ selection was based on their performance at
the 2015 African Games in Congo Brazzaville,’’ he said.
John Victor, Coach of the team told NAN that the athletes
were involved in light training in their first day in camp.
``We arrived last night and started training today but not
all the athletes are around; some of them need a release letter from the
federation to enable them to be in camp.
``We will be training morning and evening this week but as
from next week it will be three times every day.
``We will return to two times daily training when the
tournament draws close to enable the athletes retain their strength,’’ Victor
The athletes are using the National Stadium Abuja, Old
parade ground sports centre and the Korean Cultural centre for their training.
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