Abuja - Sunny Obot, Secretary-General, Nigeria Taekwondo
Federation (NTF), said on Sunday that it would meet the registration deadline
of athletes and officials for the Rio Olympics 2016 qualifiers billed for
The Olympics qualifier is scheduled to take place in Morocco
from February 4 to 7.
The Africa Taekwondo Union (AFTU), had extended the
registration deadline from Jan. 10 to Jan. 21 but Obot assured that the
federation would meet the deadline and also procure visas for the contingents,
"As I am talking to you, we have our invitation letter for
the athletes and the officials sent to the embassy from the organisers.
"The letter was signed by the President of Morocco
Federation himself; this week I should be in Abuja for the visas.
"They have extended the registration deadline from Jan. 10
to Jan. 21 and that does not mean we will pay for late registration; late
registrations will come into effect after the Jan. 21 registration deadline.
"The extension is not for Nigeria alone; it is for all the
participating African countries through a circular’’, he said.
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Obot said a letter containing the names of athletes and
officials for the qualifiers was received by his office on Jan. 5, five days to
the initial date for registration deadline.
"What we are doing now is to make sure that the 2016
licenses of the athletes are renewed; the president is doing that personally.
"We are on top of the registration, I assure you’’, Obot
Various groups have been donating towards the athletes’
preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers.
The Elizabeth Binga-led group of the NTF board had last week
donated about N500 000 for the athletes’ training, while the Nigeria Taekwondo
Black Belt College (NTBBC), donated N200 000.
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