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Taekwondo referee solicits for use of electronic devices


LAGOS – Ibrahim Yahuza, a World Taekwondo-certified referee, on Monday solicited for the use of the electronic scoring system in training the nation’s athletes, to enhance the general development of the sport in the country.
Yahuza told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone that it was essential for taekwondoists to be acquainted with modern appliances used in awarding points in international competitions.
He said that the awareness of the electronic system would improve training skills and increase athletes scoring chances when taking part in international competitions.
“Taekwondo is not a new sport in this country; we have featured in various continental and intercontinental tournaments and a large number of our athletes must be acquainted with modern technology.
“There are no doubts the country’s taekwondo athletes and coaches are doing well, but there must be a step to upgrade their training abilities, to improve the present standard.
“Some taekwondo athletes that have participated in international championships are familiar with the use of the modern diverse because that is what is being used for scoring,’’ he said.
Yahuza, also the head coach of the Kano State Taekwondo Association, called on the state sports associations to make extra efforts to make the diverse available, to empower the training officials.
He said that the country’s taekwondo athletes are a force to reckon with in international competitions, but needed to be thoroughly built-up, to enhance their status.
“The responsibility of providing facilities should not be left to the National Sports Commission alone; the state governments should also identify and support by upgrading their facilities just as well.
“Coaches must be equipped to do their jobs effectively, and this can only be achieved with the tools on ground, to access their athletes’ growth and deficiencies.’’ he added. (NAN)

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