Words of joy came from George Ashiru, President of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF), “We are happy that this year has been very fulfilling for us because it has allowed us to get to know our athletes better and also unearth new ones. With the Lagos Classics, we are still hopeful that new athletes will come forth so that we can identify the athletes for major competitions in 2014,” according to telegraphng.com.
Seven African countries, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Congo Brazzaville, Gabon, Niger, Benin Republic and Togo and 300 athletes will compete for the Lagos International Taekwondo Championships, which started, on Thursday, in Lagos at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Tunisia and Senegal are expected to join other teams before the end of the tournament and Governor Babatunde Fashola is expected to grace the grand finale of the championship on Saturday.
Chairman of the Main Organising Committee (MOC) of the Lagos Sports Classics, Wahid Oshodi, said: “Our aim for the classics is for us to ensure that we expose our athletes to competitive action as well as give them optimum exposure. I think with what we have done this year, we are satisfied and hoping that next year will be bigger and better. Although there are some challenges, which we hope to correct next year and ensure that we stage a world class competition,”