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Taekwondo Federation invites 20 athletes to National Youth Camp


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Ahead of the Algiers 2018 African Youth Games, the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation has invited 20 youth athletes to the National Youth Training Camp, which is scheduled to commence in FCT Abuja today.

The invited athletes, made up of 10 male and 10 female youngsters, earned a place to the National Youth Training Camp by emerging victorious during the recently concluded 1st National Junior Taekwondo Championships, which held at the National Stadium Indoor Gymnasium FCT Abuja from May 16 to 17, 2018.

Delta State, which emerged the overall winners at the event, has six of its athletes called to camp – Ochulor Prince [Male -51kg], Osomade Philip [Male -68kg]. Okoye Marshal [Male -73kg], Peter Blessing [Female], Ugwu O. Success [Female] and Barnax Benita Ebere [Female -63kg].


Benue boy wonder, Agada Eljah Agada, who has dominated every weight category he has competed in since he was four years old, also earned a debut invitation to the National Camp in the Male -44kg, alongside his teammate Aguda Solomon in the Male -46kg.

Also invited were Mfon Asuquo of Akwa Ibom, 2017 Youth Vice-Champion and Gold medallist in the Male -59kg of the 2018 Inaugural Youth Taekwondo Championships; newly unveiled Muhammad Abdullahi of Nasarawa, who won in the Male -55kg; double youth champion, Chidinma Nwankwo of Ebonyi State, who dominated the Female -49kg, and talented Bukola Ogunnusi of Taraba who won the Female combined +63kg category.

Other athletes in the list include FCT’s Chukwudi Daniel [Male -78kg] and Helen Okoko [Female -57kg]; Borno’s Umar Muhammed Jidda; Q-Madi’s Wisdom Efosa Samuel; Lagos Oyabanji Olapeju, Bayelsa’s Happiness Adirimo, Abia’s Kelechi Ezekwe and Chidiebere Uzoamaka.

The athletes, who will be coached by former African and Commonwealth Games Champion, Mr Jamilu Mohammed of Kano, are expected to report to camp today.

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