FG has shown sufficient interest in honouring sports men, women – Kwanta

May 7, 2020 Ikenna Okonkwo 0

As Nigeria grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic, President of Sports Hall of Fame Foundation, Mr Nicholas Kwanta, has rather decided to keep fate with the exploits of Nigerian athletes in various sporting endeavours. Kwanta who spoke to Blueprint in Abuja said despite the current challenge being faced globally, Nigerian sports men and women shouldn’t be deterred, and effort should be Read More

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Breaking: Ituku, Otuadinma win 10th Korean Taekwnodo Ambassadors’ Cup, smile home with rare gifts

October 18, 2019 Editor 0

Peter Osaro Itiku and Uzoamaka Otuadinma a while ago became champions of 2019 Korean Taekwondo Ambassadors’ Cup after a two-day stiff contest. While Itiku, an a Federal Territory Capital (FCT) athlete defeated Ogbonna Dandi 32-6 in the -80kg male category, Otuadinma (an independent athlete) was better than her opponent Adaeze Efobi who also fought independently in the -73kg female category. Read More

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KCCN/FCT-UBEC Taekwondo tourney: Maitama model, Wuse LEA school win big as Chukwukere, Madu stand out

October 13, 2019 Editor 0

After keen contest at the just concluded 2nd edition of KCCN/FCT-UBEC elementary school Taekwondo Championship, Model Junior secondary school, Maitama emerged overall winner, after picking a total of five gold and three silver medals.  L.E.A Primary School, Wuse 5 Zone 1 finished second with five gold and two silver medals, while L.E.A Primary School, Wuse Zone 3 came third with Read More

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Breaking: Confusion at 2019 NYG as Taekwondo athletes, coaches roam around, stranded; NTF officials stay away

September 11, 2019 Editor 0

Except urgent and progressive steps are taken by the officials of Ministry of Youth and Sports Development; Taekwondo athletes, coaches and other state representatives’ hope of participating in the ongoing National Youth Games (NYG) could be dashed. This followed the absence of no Taekwondo technical official at the NYG. As the confusion raged, coaches and other officials from states are Read More

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Taekwondo: Itiku, Esuku, Okuomose, Anyanacho, 12 others pick 2019 African Games tickets …get call-up Monday, camp opens July 5

June 30, 2019 Editor 0

After keenly contested National trials conducted by the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) which ended at the weekend in Abuja, 16 taekwondo Athletes out of expected 24 have been confirmed. Those who automatically booked a place for possible feature at the games to be staged in Morocco this year were top-ranked athletes after series of taekwondo events in recent times. Incidentally, Read More

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Preparations reach advance stages as IGP Taekwondo Open kicks off July 25

May 31, 2019 Editor 0

Talks between Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) and Nigeria Police have reached advance stages ahead of 8th edition of Inspector General of Police Taekwondo Championship tagged IGP Open. Already, the glamorous sporting event which is slated for Portharcourt, Rivers state capital will kick off July 25, 2019. Speaking after a marathon meeting with representatives of NTF in Abuja, Chairperson of Nigeria Read More

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Africa fumbles at 2019 World Taekwando Championship

May 22, 2019 Editor 0

As the curtains came down on the just concluded World Taekwondo Championships, which was held in Manchester UK between 14 and 19 May, Africa found itself left out of the podium experience, as no athlete from Africa managed to win a medal in the world event dominated by Asia and Europe. Korea were overall winners with four gold medals, one Read More

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World Taekwando Championship: Nigeria’s Chinazum face Greece’s Christiana in round of 32 after beating Thi

May 18, 2019 Editor 0

After heaping defeat on his Vietnam opponent Thi Dund 12-7 in the round 64, Nigeria’s Chinazum Nwosu will as from 2pm face Greece’s Christiana Tyrologou in the round of 32, -53kg female category at the ongoing World Taekwando Championship taking place in Manchester, London. Tyrologou had defeated East Timor 20 – 0. The championship is happening ahead of 2019 African Read More

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Taekwondo: Benue, Zamfara, Abia, others storm Abuja for CCSF prix series

April 26, 2019 Editor 1

It will be another set time for Taekwondo display by mainly school Athletes when the first-ever 2019 prix series gets underway on Saturday, April 27, 2019 in Abuja. Already, about 50 Athletes from Benue, Zamfara, Abia, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been confirmed to be ready for the sporting fiesta put together by Chika Chukwumerije Sports Foundation (CCSF). Speaking ahead Read More

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In Nigeria, lack of sports infrastructure, funding frustrate Athletes devt – Chukwumerije

April 12, 2019 Editor 0

Engr. Chika Chukwumerije, three time Olympian and only Nigerian Taekwondo Olympic medalist recently bagged Educator training certification as one of the very first set of Taekwondo big heads to do so. In this interview with Blueprint Sport crew, Chukwumerije who is currently the technical director, Nigeria Taekwondo Federation speaks on recently concluded Educator training event and Taekwondowon camp for Athletes Read More

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Taekwondo: Korea centre stages grassroots championship, grooms 78 new Athletes

March 28, 2019 Editor 0

After barely four months, Korea Cultural Centre in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital (KCCN) has again rolled out an in-house Taekwondo championship its upcoming Athletes who are undergoing training. At the just concluded tournament at its centre located within the central area of the Nation’s capital, a total of 78 Athletes took part. Results at the end of the competition released by Read More

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Chukwumerije now certified WT educator trainer, leads Okumose, Anyanacho back to Nigeria Friday

March 27, 2019 Editor 0

After weeks of varying intense training, three-time Olympian and technical Director of Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) Chika Chukwumerije will on Friday lead two of the country’s Athletes – Heavyweight and Welterweight National Taekwondo Champions, 21 and 19-year-old Benjamin Okumose and Elizabeth Anyanacho back to Nigeria. It was Chukwumerije who first stormed Taekwondowon-Muju, Korea for a three-day Educator programme sanctioned by Read More

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Taekwondo: Chukwumerije emerges first Nigerian to bag WT educator qualification

March 13, 2019 Editor 0

Technical Director of Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF), Chika Chukwumerije, has emerged as first-ever Nigerian to graduate from the maiden World Taekwondo (WT) Educator Certification Programme. Upon his graduation, the three-time Olympian clinched crucial WT approval to move round the world and train coaches for international events. An elated Chukwumerije who is currently in South Korea, where he took part in Read More

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2020 Olympics: Binga in Russia for Int’l Taekwondo Refs selection, training camp

March 4, 2019 Editor 0

President of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) Mrs Margret Binga will later on Monday join other global-ranked Referees from Europe and Africa to complete a four-day selection and training programme put together ahead of 2020 Olympic Games, according to World Taekwondo official website . The event which is holding in Moscow, Russia with 100 invited Referees (30 from Africa and Read More

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After NSF, Nigeria Open exploits: New breeds Ifeoluwa, Itiku, Anyanacho, others rule in latest NTF ranking

March 4, 2019 Editor 0

Q-Madi of Lagos new sensation Ifeoluwa Ajayi at the weekend emerged number one in the -63kg category (Male) of the latest national ranking, less than one month after first-ever Nigeria international Open championship staged in Abuja. Ajayi was adjudged most valuable athlete at the just concluded global championship where he defeated all his opponents including number two Africa’s best and Read More

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Taekwondo: Anyanacho storms Hurghada for Egypt Open, after Nigeria, Turkish exploits

February 19, 2019 Editor 0

National Champion in the -67 kg, Elizabeth Anyanacho, on Monday arrived Alexandria, Hurghada, venue of highly rated World Taekwondo Championship, Egypt Open scheduled for this weekend. From Turkey, she touched Egypt at exactly 3pm ahead of looming clash in the northern African region. The competition rated G-2 is meant to get underway between February 21 and 24, 2019. Anyanacho who Read More

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Breaking: Itiku, Anyanacho emerge champions at Nigeria Taekwondo Int’l Open

February 10, 2019 Editor 0

After much anxiety, Peter Itiku and Elizabeth Anyanacho have been declared champions of -67kg and -80kg of the just concluded Nigeria Taekwondo International Open. Itiku beat Chukwudi Nzelu 18-13 to win Men -80kg category, Anyanacho had to battle harder before she defeated Judith Usifoh. The fight between Anyanacho and Usifoh had tied up 8-8 on regulation (4th round) time before Read More

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Nigeria Taekwondo Int’l Open: More Athletes rush to beat deadline as NTF extends registration

January 20, 2019 Editor 0

Following request by Athletes amidst registration bottlenecks, the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) has extended the ongoing registration ahead of first ever Nigeria Taekwondo Int’l Open to another seven days. Making this known on Sunday, Technical Director of NTF, Engr. Chika Chukwumerije maintained that already 45 Athletes from United States, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and host, Nigeria Read More

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My attention is fixed on winning Taekwondo Olympic gold – 19-year old Anyanacho declares

January 13, 2019 Editor 0

After winning gold medal at the just concluded National Sports Festival (NSF), multi-gold winning Taekwondo Athlete, Elizabeth Anyanacho, a student of Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) is already fixing her gaze on clinching another gold at the highest sporting fiesta, Olympics, come 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. In this exclusive interview with Ikenna Okonkwo, Anyanacho who is only 19 years Read More