The Karate Federation of Nigeria (KFN), says it will continue with its achievements in 2010 in the New Year.
KFN Secretary, Clement Iyaluegbeghe made the assertion while reflecting over the out gone year in an interview with newsmen early in the week in Lagos.
“We in the federation must say that in 2010 we made great strides in developing the sport in the country and we are glad that we accomplished most of the activities on our calendar,’’ Iyaluegbeghe said.
He said that the federation introduced four new championships — the first Karate Classics, Sardauna of Sokoto Karate Championships, Armed Forces and Para-military Championships and the National Karate Invitational Championship.
Other activities accomplished are the staging of the Second Delta State National Open Karate Championships, Pre-season National Camp, Camping for UFAK Zone III Championship and UFAK Zone III African Senior Karate Championships.
The rest included the National Technical Training Courses for the Six Geopolitical Zones and KFN Full Council Meeting and the 20th World Senior Championships and WKF Congress.
Iyaluegbeghe said that though they attended one of the three international competitions on their calendar they recorded great success.
He said Nigeria could not go to Serbia with athletes to compete at the 20th World Senior Championships and Congress but was able to attend the congress.
The scribe said that Nigerian athletes at the UFAK Zone III African Senior Karate Championship in Niamey, Niger Republic topped the medal table with three gold, three silver and six bronze medals.
He said the federation had hoped to attend all the proposed international championships but there was not enough financial support from corporate organisations.
The KFN secretary said from the local competitions they organised, they discovered talents who were able to dethrone champions, indicating a bright future for the sport.
He attributed the successes to the determination and sacrifices of the federation’s officials, promising their fans that “we will continue with the success story in 2011’’.
Nathaniel Taiwo-Ojo, KFN President said most of the competitions were organised with their personal fund make sure the game grew against all odds.
He said that attending international competitions this year would be given priority attention.
Bola Akinkunmi, a karateka said that they were satisfied with the federation’s performance in 2010.
“I am very happy with our experiences in the out gone year as we were very busy.’’
He expressed the hope that the board and technical officials would strive to make this year better.
WAFU Zone B Qualifier: Rivers Govt Throws Weight Behind Angels FC
Rivers State Governor, NyesomWike, has placed a marching order to accord the necessary support needed to aid the Jewels of Rivers, Rivers Angels FC qualify from the West African Union(WAFU) B and ultimately win the CAF Women’s Champions League Cup.
The Rivers State Commissioner for Sports, Boma Iyaye disclosed this, Monday, in a press statement signed by the state government’s press officer, Daniel Nwankwoala.
The commissioner commended the team for its victory over Hasaacas Ladies of Ghana in the opening match of their group qualifier, played at the weekend.
He promised to give the necessary support needed, as ordered by the State Governor, to enable the team get the desired results, playing their CAF Women’s qualifier and win the cup as well.
“The Governor has placed an order to ensure that the team lacks nothing needed, to help boost their morale, help them perform optimally and aid victory, as they embarked on this maiden competition,” Iyaye said.
Earlier, head coach of the team, Edwin Okon, has expressed optimism that his team will perform even better, having prepared adequately for the competition.
“We will fight to the end, my girls will do even better job. I can assure you that, the(players) are in high spirit and determined to win.
“I am glad that we don’t have injuries worries, so, we are set and ready to do Nigeria proud,” he added.
It would be recalled that the Port Harcourt, Nigeria representatives started their campaign in the WAFU Zone B qualifier with a 2-0 win against their Ghana opponents, Hasaacas Ladies on Saturday, to get closer to qualification for the semi-finals.
By: Nancy Briggs
Sports Minister Hails Anyanacho,Offiong
Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has described Elizabeth Anyanacho as a future star.
Anyanacho lost 12-7 to Turkey’s Nur Tatar in the Round of 16 of the women’s 67kg taekwondo event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Monday morning.
Dare, who watched the bout, congratulated the 22-year-old despite the defeat.
“You’ve done well against a world champion. Keep your focus. The world will soon rise to salute you in the near future,” Dare told Anyanacho.
Tidesports source reports that he was also on hand to encourage Edem Offiong, who lost 4-1 in the second round of women’s table tennis to the USA’s Lily Zhang.
“You exhibited strength and talent. Nigeria thank you for making the country proud at the Olympics,” Dare told Offiong.
The pair of Godwin Olofua and Anuoluwapo Opeyori also lost their second Group B match in the men’s doubles badminton event against Denmark’s Kim Astrup and Anders Rasmussen, while Dorcas Adesokan was beaten 2-0 by Spain’s Clara Azurmendi in the opening Group B match of the women’s badminton singles.
We Won’t Give Up On Playing For Nigeria – Ogwumike Sisters
Nneka Ogwumike, Chiney Ogwumike and Elizabeth Williams say they haven’t given up their dream of representing Nigeria in the future after they were denied the opportunity to play for the country women’s basketball team at the Tokyo Games.
The three WNBA stars, who all have American and Nigerian citizenship, would have strengthened D’Tigress squad at the Olympics, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled they were ineligible to represent Nigeria at the moment after having played for the United States.
“I still have a lot of pride and high hopes for the Nigerian team as it is composed now,” Nneka Ogwumike said.
“So, maybe this time around, I won’t be a part of it directly, but I certainly do hope that I can be in the future.”
“I think the fight has just begun,” Chiney Ogwumike said. “I cannot accept to being called a naturalised citizen, when I have full citizenship.
“People don’t know the extent to which my family, and myself in particular, ever since I was at Stanford, has been going back to Nigeria to help. So to have someone say that I am not Nigerian is not fair to my family or my heritage or myself. It just does not feel right at all.”
Williams, who plays for the Atlanta Dream said, “It’s really about the principle now. We’re still going to keep appealing and fighting because I think people need to understand there are a lot of us that have dual citizenship. Even if we grew up here, our households look very different than what people think, and that part of us is very real.
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