Kick Boxing Scribe Restates Federation’s Readiness For 2019 Activities

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The Secretary of Kickboxing Federation of Nigeria (KBFN), Peter Njoku, yesterday said the federation had made the necessary arrangements to be actively involved in international programmes this year.
Njoku toldnewsmen in Lagos that the body had updated its membership with its parent body, the World Association of Kickboxing Organisation (WAKO).
He said the measure was adopted by the Abubakar Yakubu KBFN-led board to sustain its membership with the international body and to ensure athletes and officials’ effective participation in WAKO organised programmes.
“We are good to go for the year, having fulfilled the most important requirement of the international body with the payment of our annual affiliation fee for 2019 to WAKO.
“It is expected that we do the needful to reaffirm our membership with WAKO to give opportunities to our athletes and officials to be part and parcel of all international programmes,” he said.
He said that arrangement had been concluded to organise capacity training for coaches, referees and judges as part of buildup to empower and update the technical officials on the latest rules.
The secretary added that the training which would have seasoned resource persons was open to technical officials across the country and would hold in Benin, the Edo capital from April 14 to April 19.
According to him, the 2019 edition of the annual National Open Kickboxing Championships will hold a month after the training in Benin from May 14 to May 19.
“The national training is coming up first and compulsory for all technical officials to get them abreast with the current rules which must guide their coaching and officiating skills; he said.
“As supervisors to the athletes, its is very important to get them thoroughly updated because we expect to see the impact of their training on the competition grounds during contests.
“So we decided to have the national championships so that the officials can use the one month interval to also prepare their athletes on fighting guidelines in the championships,” he added.
Njoku urged affiliated associations and clubs of the KBFN to pay up its affiliation fees which was fundamental and needed to sustain activities in the federation.