A Karate instructor in Rivers State, Mr Ugochukwu Mgbeahuru has advocated for the teaching of martial arts in schools in order to inculcate disciplined and tolerance among youths in the country.
Mr Mgbeahuru, who made the call in an exclusive interview with The Tide Sports at the weekend in Port Harcourt said that inclusion of martial arts in the school curriculum at all levels would help change the attitude of youths and reduce their involvement in social vices.
Describing martial arts as a disciplined sports, Mgbeahuru, who is the chief instructor of Komigboshi Karate Club at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt explained that it would equip the youths on how to be martially alert and aware of their immediate environment.
The Karate instructor, who is also a Fourth Delta Black Belt holder noted that if youths are trained on self-defence, it would reduce unnecessary fear and panic in times of crisis in the society.
Consequently, he urged the government, private and corporate bodies to invest in the promotion and sponsorship of martial arts competitions such as karate, taekwando, judo, as well as boxing and wrestling would encourage practitioners and interested youths to take the sports as a career.
According to him, there are abundant talents in martial arts in the state regretting that lack of sponsorship and encouragement was militating against their discovery.
He lauded the Rivers State governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for hosting and show-casing abundant sports talents during the just concluded 17th National Sports festival adding that the impressive performance of the state was strong indication that more talents still exist especially in martial arts in the state.
Tokyo 2020: Nigerian Wrestlers Are Medal Hopefuls -Coach
National wrestling coach Akuh Purity, has stated that Nigerian wrestlers going to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have real medal chances this time, compared to the 2016 Olympics with less than a month to the games in Tokyo.
Purity, speaking in a chat with Tidesports source stressed that better exposure and competition experience already put the Nigerian wrestlers as medal prospects.
He added that the wrestlers had actually competed against the very best in the world in the run-in to the Tokyo Olympics and have an idea of almost whatever anyone of the top guns will offer.
Ex-D’Tigers Player Becomes NBA Head Coach
Former D’tigers player Ime Udoka has been appointed the new coach for Boston Celtics in the NBA.
Udoka had been considered a front-runner for the job, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported last Friday that Udoka was among the candidates who received second interviews.
Udoka, 43, spent seven years on Gregg Popovich’s staff in San Antonio, including the 2013-14 season, when the Spurs won the NBA title.
He joined the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019 and was with the Nets last year.
Udoka was a member of the Nigerian national team, for whom he played at the 2006 FIBA World Championships.
B/Volleyball: Nigeria Defeats Kenya In Olympic Qualifiers
Nigeria beat Kenya 2-1 (21-13, 19-21, 15-13) in the golden match to record their first win in the men’s category of the Tokyo Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualifiers in Morocco.
Nigeria Team A (Obayemi Ogunshina and Hilary Simon) lost to Kenya Team B 0-2 (15-21, 13-21) in the first encounter before Nigeria Team B consisting of Emenike Ezike and Emmanuel Chidebere defeated Kenya Team A (21-16, 21-16) in the second encounter.
The head coach of Nigeria beach volleyball team, Francis Imoudu commended the players for putting all their effort against Kenya.
Imoudu stated that Kenya gave Nigeria a good fight but the better side won the game.
He said, “This win is an indication that the men’s team is ready for their remaining opponents. I must commend the fighting spirit of the team because bookmakers had given the game to the Kenyans but we shocked Africa.
“Kenya is a good side but Nigeria did not show them any respect on the court. We will take each game as they come and all we need is the support of Nigerians home and abroad for these boys to succeed”.
Reacting to the victory, the Chairman Caretaker Committee of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod lauded the players for recording their first win of the beach volleyball Olympic qualifiers.
He said the Federation will continue to support the team adding that the players should show no respect to their remaining opponents in the qualifiers.
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