N2.6m at stake in Chika Chukwumerije taekwondo tourney

About N2.6m in prize money would be at stake at the 3rd Chika Chukwumerije Sports Festival (CCSF) International Taekwondo for athletes and teams.

This is contained in a statement released on Tuesday by the Nigeria Taekwando Federation (NCF).

It said the 3-day championship would hold at Ladi Kwali Hall of the Sheraton Hotel Abuja from Oct. 22 to Oct. 27.

According to the statement, the tournament will aim at discovering prospective athletes for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

It added that the competition would help to showcase the entertainment potential of the country and also project the image of Nigeria to foreign visitors.

The statement said this year’s edition would be expected to be more entertaining with an award ceremony during the concert.

It said that table tennis matches and a FIFA mini-tournament for Play Station (PS) 4 would be organised alongside the taekwondo tournament.

It noted that nine of the 26 countries, eight universities, as well as teams from the paramilitary and Armed forces participated in the 2nd edition.

It said that 12 countries had signified interest to participate in the 3rd edition, saying that the tournament would be expected to gain World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) G-1 ranking status for 2016.

The statement said the three-day tournament would see the participants win medals and total prize money of N2.8m alongside free equipment worth about N1m.

It added that some notable champions expected at the event includes, Alfaga Issoufou, 2014 U.S. Open Gold Medallist, Cheick Salah Cisse, -80kg of Cote D’Ivoire, 2015 Grand Prix Champion, ranked 11 in the World, Ismael Coulibaly, -74kg of Mali, a double World Bronze Medallist (2013, 2015) and current African champion.

Coulibaly is ranked 19th in the World.

It said that the Nigerian among the athletes expected at the championship would be the Commonwealth Gold Medalists, Josephine Esuku, -46kg.

Others are Jamilu Mohammed -58kg, Shola Olowookere, -63kg and IsahAdams Abubakar -58kg.

Culled from NAN


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