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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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Taekwondo Int’l Open: Team US, Mali touchdown Nigeria as action kicks off Feb 8

February 4, 2019 Editor 0

One of the top-rated Taekwondo Athletes from the United States, Sohwon Kim has successfully arrived Abuja, the Nation’s capital ahead of the first ever Nigeria Taekwondo International Open. Kim touched down around 4pm on Monday at Nnamdi Azikiwe international Airport and was immediately taken to temporary abode within the city centre. His Malian counterparts have also arrived Lagos on Monday 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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Int’l Taekwondo Open: Athletes from US, other Nations ready to storm Abuja –Chukwumerije

January 18, 2019 Editor 0

Its barely one month to go ahead of first ever International Taekwondo Open scheduled to take place on the Nigeria soil. Blueprint weekend sports crew caught up with the Technical Director of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF), Engr. Chika Chukwumerije who shed deeper perspectives on preparations and expectations when over 100 Athletes from across the World berth in Abuja between 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

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2019: After Sports Festival, comes Nigeria int’l Taekwondo Open

December 16, 2018 Editor 0

After a successful National Sports Festival which climaxes today, another sporting fiesta known as Nigeria international Taekwondo Open is set to be staged in the Nation’s capital, Abuja come February, 2019. As at last checks, no fewer than 15 countries from parts of Africa and other continents have indicated interest to participate. Of course, the latest talking point as far Read More

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Abuja 2018: Shehu Sani heaps encomiums on NTF, proffers solution to dwindling Nigeria’s Sports

December 13, 2018 Editor 0

One of the outspoken Senators in the current eighth National Assembly composition and Kaduna-born leader, distinguished Senator Shehu Sani has showered praises on the board of Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) following the exceptional manner at which taekwondo events were organised during the ongoing National Sports Festival (NSF). Sani who stormed the medal presentation ceremony put together at the end of Read More

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19th NSF: Team Rivers sweep 7 gold medals, win Taekwondo event

December 13, 2018 Editor 0

Rivers state stood tall at the end of all Taekwondo events and won no fewer than eight medals comprising of seven gold and one silver at the ongoing 19th National Sports Festival in Abuja. They were closely followed by Kano state with same eight medals, made up of five gold, one silver and two bronze. Delta state finished third with Read More

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Young Athletes shine as Korea centre fetes fresh Taekwondo Kids in Nigeria

December 9, 2018 Editor 0

No fewer than 12 Kiddies and Cadets’ Athletes were successfully recognised and awarded as outstanding Graduates in the just concluded taekwondo 12-week training sessions organise by the Korea Cultural Centre in Nigeria, (KCCN)located in Abuja. Among those honoured were Douglas Afelaa and Dada Adedamola in the beginners’ category. While Douglas Solari, Chizea Chisom, Chezia Chinonyelum, Enejoh Angelo, Ikechukwu Kalu, Michele Read More

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Kada 2018: Team NSCDC leads medals’ chase as curtains fall on MIGA

December 1, 2018 Editor 0

As 2018 edition of Ministry of Interior Games ends on Saturday, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has opened wide gap on top of medals table in a highly competitive sporting outing, ongoing in Kaduna. As at the time this report was being put together on Friday, NSCDC with mainly National and international-exposed Athletes were cruising on the Read More

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Korea Centre prepares Taekwondo Athletes ahead 2024 Olympics

April 14, 2018 Blueprint 0

  Aware of long term preparation which guarantees medal success, Korea Cultural Centre (KCC) has already began bid to queue behind Nigeria’s charge for medals harvest in taekwondo at the 2024 Olympic Games. To this end, the centre has stepped up training sessions for kids, aged between three and 10 years old, alongside in-house poomsae and Kyrougi championships. The latest Read More

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I dream and live Taekwondo –Victor

April 7, 2018 Blueprint 0

Coach John Victor is a National handler of Nigeria Taekwondo Athletes who just returned from Morocco after he led Athletes to compete at African Taekwondo championship. An Officer with the Nigeria Civil Service Defense Corps, coach Victor is without doubt, currently the top performing Taekwondo Coach in Nigeria for the past five years. In this interview, the soft-spoken former National Read More

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African taekwondo championship: Nigeria’s Olowookere wins medal

March 30, 2018 Blueprint 0

Commonwealth Champion, Shola Olowookere has won a Bronze medal in the Male -68kg category at the on-going African Taekwondo Championships in Agadir, Morocco. In his first international since winning the Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships in 2014, the 21-year old Olowookere defeated Ethiopia’s Musa Hassen 28 to 10 points in the Round of 16, Cote D’Ivoire’s Peken Logbo 16 to 2 points Read More

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Weight loss, fitness dragged me into refereeing –Taekwondo Umpire

December 23, 2017 Blueprint 0

Thursdaline Peter is an internationally certified Referee who was recently honoured as the best Taekwondo Umpire in Nigeria and one of the best in the world. In this interview with IKENNA OKONKWO and Eupheresia Nnodim, Thursdaline, an instructor and ex-athlete speaks on why she preferred to become a full-blown taekwondo Practitioner. In the beginning I train People on self-defence; I Read More

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Taekwondo referees end training as Nigeria Open kicks off

December 9, 2017 Blueprint 0

No fewer than 50 Referees have concluded a two-day refresher training programme organised by the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) as part of activities heralding series of barely two weeks of events. The programme which held inside the indoor hall of Abuja National stadium followed days of Korean Ambassador’s championship and Annual General Congress of the Nigeria Taekwondo Community where 2018 Read More

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160 athletes vie for honours at Korean teakwando championship

December 2, 2017 Blueprint 0

Three African countries including Cameroon, Niger Republic and Chad and 29 other states, clubs, school, Military, Para-Military and Individual participants are currently sweating it out at the 2017 Korean Ambassador’s Taekwondo championship. The event which would signaled the first-ever grand competitive outing by the Elizabeth Binga-led Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) is taking place inside package B of Abuja National stadium. Read More

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As first Woman NTF President, I’m motivated by Men around me –Binga

November 18, 2017 Blueprint 0

  Unlike many Administrators that would prefer to firstly make show with perhaps organising many competitions on assumption to office, First ever Woman President of Nigeria Taekwondo Federation, Elizabeth Binga choose to embark on robust Human development shortly after she alongside other board members were inaugurated. In this interview, Binga who is currently a World Taekwondo certified Referee told Blueprint Read More