Abuja – Five taekwondo athletes on Tuesday began training at the Korean Cultural Centre, Abuja in preparation for the 2016 Olympics qualifiers scheduled to hold in Morocco from Feb. 4 to Feb. 7.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) had invited eight athletes to camp in preparation for the qualifiers.
The athletes are: Jamilu Mohammed, Chinazom Nwosu, Samson Edwin, Uzoamaka Otuadimma, Esther Uzoukwu, Fatima Abdullahi, Segun Olusola and Adamu Isa-Abubakar.
Anthony Anafulu, board member, NTF told NAN in Abuja that the five athletes in camp were Chinazom Nwosu, Samson Edwin, Esther Uzoukwu, Segun Olusola and Uzoamaka Otuadimma.
Anafulu, who is also the Head of Coaching, NTF, said that four out of the eight invited players would compete at the Olympics qualifiers, while the other four would be the sparring partners.
“The athletes’ selection was based on their performance at the 2015 African Games in Congo Brazzaville,’’ he said.
John Victor, Coach of the team told NAN that the athletes were involved in light training in their first day in camp.
“We arrived last night and started training today but not all the athletes are around; some of them need a release letter from the federation to enable them to be in camp.
“We will be training morning and evening this week but as from next week it will be three times every day.
“We will return to two times daily training when the tournament draws close to enable the athletes retain their strength,’’ Victor said.
NAN reports that the athletes are using the National Stadium Abuja, Old parade ground sports centre and the Korean Cultural centre for their training. (NAN)