Three hundred athletes, drawn from the Niger Republic, Mali, Ghana and host of this year’s All Africa Games, Congo Brazzaville, including Nigeria are currently jostling for honours at the Lagos International Taekwondo Classics holding at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
The taekwondists, made of 212 male and 88 female, will be aiming for the laurels at the N3.5m prize money three-day tournament, organized by the Lagos State Taekwondo Association under the auspices of the Lagos Sports Classics and sanctioned by the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF).
The NTF President, George Ashiru, says the classics has helped the country especially in the poomsae event. “Through the classics, we have made some headway in the poomsae event and we have won three gold medals at international tournament,” he said.
“This became possible through the efforts made by our national coach, Jim Beom Kim, and this has fetched us three international gold medals.
“And this year has also ignited the interest of the athletes in Poomsae and this is a major plus to the classics.”
Ashiru, who doubles as the Commonwealth Taekwondo Union (CTU) Vice President, explained that outstanding athletes from the classics would form the second tier of the national team.