All top-ranked athletes of the Nigerian Taekwondo Federation (NTF)
have been directed to comply with the ministry of sports’ directive to
participate in the forthcoming National Sports Festival (NSF).
Chika Chukwumerije, NTF Technical Director and Olympic bronze
medalist, said that all concerned athletes have been duly informed
about the directive.
Chukwumerije, who served as the Technical Committee Chairman of the
just concluded Ministry of Interior Games (MIGA) in Kaduna, noted that
the directive also affects athletes currently enjoying the
federation’s scholarship overseas.
“Their scholarships would be withdrawn if they don’t participate in
the NSF and offered to others athletes.
“We are not emotional about it as it is the sports ministry’s
directive which must be carried-out.
The technical director noted that the NTF is aware that some athletes
are not attached with states and advised them to do so immediately.
“They should identify states that are willing to accept them as the
federation would do its best to assist them through possible means.
“States under the federation should also endeavour to pay their annual
dues—2018 and 2019 as the federation would not shy away from
confrontation if it arises.
He noted that the grading event for the participating athletes at the
NSF would hold on Dec.7 while competition runs from Dec.8—11 at the
Mambilla barracks, Abuja.
“We would be sharing the venue with the judo athletes and as a small
hall, we have to be very coordinated.
“We would have a board meeting for the board members on Dec.12 and the
NTF congress on the Dec.13 to give account of our stewardship.
The All African Games gold medalist noted the Nigerian Opens
competition would still hold as scheduled from Feb-8—10 2019 in Abuja
as over 71 athletes have so far registered.
“18 of the registered athletes are from Nigeria as we earlier
postponed the competition to give more athletes the chance of
“I advise athletes who have not registered due to finances to do so
because when they calculate the cost of competing in Ghana for
instance, they would discover that we took good steps forward.
“Registration ends on Jan.20, 2019 but it is in the athletes’ interest
to register immediately.