By John Okeke
Korea Cultural Centre (KCC) is supporting Nigeria’s charge for medals hervest in taekwondo at the 2024 Olympic Games by organising Mini Teakwando’s pomsae/gyorugi championship for kids.
The event held at the korean Cultural Centre Nigeria Abuja is to expose the kids to Korean culture, martial art, and build confidence towards 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
The Coordinating Coach, Abdulmalik Mohammed, 4-degree black-belter, who has been with the Korean Centre since 2009 and was educated at Kyung-Hee University in Korea, said the championship is a routine event put together by the KCC to build confidence and expose the kids to basic techniques, style forms, contact sparring and board breaking of martia ar sport.
According to him, the KCC holds three quarters in a year after which examinations and mini tournaments are organise for the kids to exhibit their skills.
“It is what we do every time to enable the kids exhbit what they have learned overtime. The bottomline is to prepare them for 2024 Olympic Games,” Coach Muhammed said.
The coach, who is a third-class international referee, lauded the Korean Cultural Centre initiative which he said would be of immense benefit to Nigeria given the quality of the equipment provided.
Nigeria appeared to have stalled in taekwondo since Chuka Chukwumerije won a bronze medal at Beijing 2008, but Muhammed assured that Nigeria would win excel at the Paris 2024 Olympics if the kids are properly monitor and sponsorship to World Taekwondo Federation sanctioned events.
In some of the events decided yesterday, Faisal Farouk Mu’azu defeated Ikechukwu chizea to win gold in the Olympic style sparring, with Nwachukwu Chizea finished third.
Faisal Farouk Muazu also defeated EneJoh Michelle in the Poomsae (Yellow Belt) to clinched gold medal, while Fela Omole outscored Ndubisi Chizea in the Olympic style sparring to win gold.