Nigeria participation has been confirmed by the World Taekwondo Federation, (WTF). Nigeria is one of the 16 countries that will participate for the WTF World Taekwondo Team Championships holding in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire in November. The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) said that Nigeria has made an appreciable impact in the sport, which cannot be overlooked.
The World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships began in 2006, and is organised every two years by WTF. The WTF has officially published an invitation letter at their website.
George Ashiru, president of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation has expressed his enthusiasm for the invitation received by the Nigerian athletes and knows that it will be a great opportunity for them to improve on their rankings. He also stated that the invitation was possible due to the achievements made by Nigerian athletes globally.
He also stated: “We are happy that our athletes will have the opportunity to compete with the best teams in the world at the tournament,”
“For us, it is a good development. This is part of the vision of the NTF in order to ensure that our athletes are acquainted with the latest in the sport as well as compete regularly.”
“This tournament avails our athletes the opportunity to improve on their rankings towards the qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Their participation will also improve their knowledge in the sport and they will not be shocked whenever they compete with their foreign counterparts at any international competition.” Ashiru quoted in The Punch.