Abuja - The Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) contingents
will depart Nigeria on February 1 for the 2016 Olympic qualifiers scheduled to
take place in Morocco between February 4 and 7.
Sunny Obot, the Secretary General of NTF told the News Agency
of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, that the early departure would enable the athletes
acclimatise before the beginning of the championship.
He said that the federation had registered its athletes for
the qualifiers and that weigh in for athletes of participating countries would
begin in Morocco on February 2.
Obot pointed out that plans were in top gear to ensure that
the athletes’ travel documents were secured latest by January 25.
“On Monday, the President of Morocco Taekwondo Federation
sent our letter of introduction and approval to the Moroccan embassy here in
Nigeria for our visas.
“We will put the athletes’ papers and passports together and
submit them on Monday, and will be collected that same day or the next day,
“If I’m in Abuja on Wednesday, then, it means we will be at
the embassy on Thursday; if not, we will be there (embassy) on Monday because
they don’t work on Fridays,’’ Obot said.
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He said that the team would depart for Morocco through the
Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
The NTF scribe noted that two male and two female athletes
would represent the country in the different categories of the qualifiers.
“Three of the athletes have been training in Abuja; the
fourth person Mohammed Jamilu, joined the camp yesterday.
“He has been training in Kano and he might likely be the
team’s captain to Morocco,’’ he said.
John Victor, Coach of the team said that the athletes improvement
in the last few days were very encouraging.
The athletes are Jamilu Mohammed, Chinazom Nwosu, Edwin
Samson and Uzoamaka Otuadimma.
“Chinazom Nwosu and Uzoamaka Otuadimma will be fighting in
the female -57kg and female +67kg categories respectively, while Jamilu
Mohammed and Edwin Samson will fight in the male -58kg and male -68kg
categories respectively,’’ Victor said.
He added that Esther Uzoukwu, Fatima Abdullahi, Segun
Olusola and Adamu Isa-Abubakar were in the camp as sparring partners.
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