The Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) on Monday in Abuja told the media that registration of athletes Nigeria International Open has begun and it is expected to run between Saturday 22 December 2018 to January 20 2019.
The Nigeria International Taekwondo Open which was earlier scheduled for from Nov. 16 to Nov. 18, saw a change of date due to logistic reasons by the Federation.
While speaking to the media on the registration of athletes, President of the Night Taekwando Federation, Chika Chukwumerije said before the registration was postponed, Only eighteen athletes from the country registered.
“Seventy-three athletes from 10 countries had previously registered, before we had to re-schedule the event.
“Before the postponement, only 18 athletes from Nigeria registered, and this did not make any sense.
“It is not wise to have our first G-1 event for other countries to come and top the medals table and walk away with all those ranking points.”
The former athlete added that enough time has been given for participants to secure their Global Membership System licence and all taekwondo athletes with fully operational GMS Licence should register by using the website of the Nigeria International Taekwondo Open.
“The federation listened to advice and shifted it to give our Nigerian taekwondo community time to get their Global Membership System (GMS) licence and Kukkiwon certification.
“These are mandatory to have for World Taekwondo events,’’ Chukwumerije said.
It has been reported that the postponement would enable Nigerian athletes and West African counterparts to conclude the GMS licensing.