Taekwondo scribe urges sponsorship of athletes to improve Nigeria’s rating
Taiwo Oriss, Secretary, Taekwondo Federation of Nigeria (TFN), says regular sponsorship of athletes to local and international competitions can help Nigeria become one of the top Taekwondo nations in the world.
Oriss, who made the assertion on Tuesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, said taekwondoists should get better through participation in competitions round the year.
“Athletes get better by participating in competitions within and outside the country and the federation alone cannot fund such; there is need for improved corporate and individual sponsorship.
“Taekwondoists are not only prepared for competitions by the federation, they also go for competitions on the bill of corporate or individual sponsors, and we hope to see more of that.
“Some sponsors also organise competitions, they work with the federation for proper regulation and organisation of such events. All these help to develop the game,” he said.
He thanked the sponsors of taekwondo competitions in the country and the Grandmasters for their sustained support for the game.
However, the federation’s scribe while commending athletes urged them to better their game for the nation to become a global force in Taekwondo.
“Nigeria has yet to be among the first 50 nations in taekwondo in spite of abundance of human resources in the country that could make the country a taekwondo great.
“Although, our physically challenged women are currently among the first five nations in the world which is okay for the nation, but can still be the first.
“Our disabled men are currently number 11 in the world which means they will have to engage in qualifiers in order to go for world tournaments.
“But they could avoid qualifiers if they could be among the first five like their female counterparts, they will automatically qualify for international competitions,’’ he said.
NAN reports that TFN had fixed March 22 to March 25 for a training course for Taekwondo referees in the country in Lagos.
“Referees and Coaches need to keep abreast with the updated rules of World Taekwondo Federation so that athletes and other stakeholders can be in line with global best practice.
“Taekwondo is an international sport and the rules are constantly updated to keep the stakeholders abreast of such development.
“The current leadership of TFN considered it wise to organise the course so that referees and other officials of the game can be abreast of latest rules of the sport,’’ he said.
Oriss added that referees would be graded at the end of the course based on their proficiency.
“At the end of the course, participants will be graded based on their performance in Dan-1, Dan 2,3,4,5 and Dan 6,’’ he said.
NAN reports that Dan ranking system is used by many Japanese organisations and Korean martial arts to indicate the level of one’s ability within a certain subject matter.
NAN also reports that local and international competitions in Taekwondo had been lined up for the rest of the year.
NAN reports that Chika Chukwumerije and former Gov. Gbenga Daniel are among the individual sponsors of Taekwondo in the country.
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art, characterised by its emphasis on head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques.
Taekwondo was developed during the 1940s and 1950s by various martial artists by incorporating elements of Karate and Chinese Martial Arts with indigenous Korean martial arts traditions.
These traditions include the Taekkyeon, Subak and Gwonbeop.
The oldest governing body for taekwondo is the Korean Taekwondo Association (KTA), formed in 1959 through a collaborative effort by representatives from the nine original Kwans or martial arts schools, in Korea.
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