Selection of 2018 national Taekwondo players begins in Zaria

By Lawal A. Dogara, Kaduna

The 2018 National Taekwondo trials for selection of national team players kicked off at the indoor sports hall of University (ABU) in Zaria, .

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 , 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.

“The federation here to select those who will compete for the national team for the next one year or so. trying to create an avenue where we will every year a trial.

“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.

“The essence of going into camp immediately after the selection because likely going for the African Championship in Morocco, which coming up in April.

“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 of the game in Nigeria.

He, however, appealed to governments and the private to extend more support to further the game popular amongst Nigerians.

Lawal assured that the selection of athletes would be free and fair, saying it was reasons the trials was slated for one venue.