By Lawal A. Dogara, Kaduna
The national trials, expected to last two days drew participants from all the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.
Chairman of the Technical and Development Committee, Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF), Sani Lawal, told the Newsdiary Online shortly after a technical meeting, that the competition was to select best taekwondo athletes for national team.
“In every trial, we will select the best four players and put them in camp immediately to see what will be coming out from the international outings.
“There are two championships — the senior championship and the King’s Cup — which we hope to attend, and the reason for attending such competitions is to gather points for qualification into Olympics,’’ he said.
The chairman identified funding, time factor and lack of facilities as major constraints militating against the growth of the game in Nigeria.
Lawal assured that the selection of athletes would be free and fair, saying it was one of the reasons the trials was slated for one venue.