By Dorcas Jonah
Abuja – Karate Federation of Nigeria (KFN) will use the ongoing National Karate Championship to build a strong squad which will positively represent Nigeria at continental events and the Olympics, an official says.
Bello Omololu, the Chairman, Publicity Sub-Committee of the 2017 National Karate Championship, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja the championship was geared towards repositioning the sport.
“This championship will be used to overhaul and build a new national karate squad as the federation begins preparation towards continental championship and Olympic Games qualifiers,’’ he said.
Omololu added that the two-day championship would kick-start the selection of athletes for the national squad.
“We will use the championship to select outstanding athletes for our national squad,’’ he said.
NAN reports that 113 athletes from 15 states and three clubs are participating in the championship slated for Friday and Saturday.
The championship, which is the first National Karate Championship by the federation’s new board, will see the athletes competing in 12 categories in both the male and female cadres.
NAN also reports that in some of the fights held on Friday, Anambra defeated FCT to proceed to Saturday’s finals in the Kata team event for female.
The championship is holding at the Package B of the Abuja National Stadium.(NAN)