The Nigeria Taekwondo Federation have expressed confidence over the national team’s performance at the just concluded 2017 Africa Para Taekwondo championship held in Kigali, Rwanda.
Nigeria’s duo of Samson Ukpera of 44kg in the men’s category and Faith Obazuaye of 62kg in the women’s category won gold medals in the two-day championship.
Secretary general of the federation, Orris Taiwo said the performance of the athletes was encouraging compared to their last outing in Egypt.
“Their performance this time was really a wonderful one. It can be rated better than what was obtainable at the last event in 2016 in Egypt. And we are very proud that the young man and woman have done the country proud again.
“This feat is one that will motivate others to come and be part of the sports taekwando, because as we speak, para taekwondo is a newly introduced sports.”
Taiwo further stated that the discovering and grooming of athletes capable of giving Nigeria a good representation at international tournaments is the ultimate priority of the federation.
“Taekwando in Nigeria as at today is still progressing. We are in our developmental stage, and this year one thing we are focusing on is identifying talents that can take over from the people in it this time around, so that we can have a team of athletes that can do Nigeria proud any time, any day.”
Nigeria’s male taekwondo team is rated eleventh in the world, while the women are fifth.