Ahead of the African Olympics qualifiers in Morocco, the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) has invited eight (8) athletes to camp in Lagos.
In a statement signed by the federation secretary general, Sunny Obot, the athletes are expected to report to the Lagos camp on Sunday January 22nd, whcih is exactly 15 days to their fights in Morocco.
According to Obot, the athletes were selected based on their performance at the 2015 All Africa Games as well as national outings.
He disclosed that the federation has beaten the deadline for the registration while the organizers Morocco Royal Federation of Taekwondo has sent invitations for the tournament to the NTF.
Nigeria will compete in four (4) weight categories; 58Kg, -68Kg, -57Kg, -67Kg and it is expected to present two male and two female athletes for the qualifiers.
The list includes 2015 All Africa Games and Commonwealth medalist, Jamilu Mohammed, Otauadinma Uzoamaka, Esther Uzochukwu as well as silver medalist at the 2015 All Africa games, Chinazum Nwosu, Edwin Samson, commonwealth medalist, shola olowookere, Adaku Isah as well as Fatimah Abdullahi.
Three athletes on the Africa soil have booked their places at the Rio 2016 Olympics based on the world ranking. They are 2012 Olympics Champion, Gabon’s Anthony Obame +80Kg, Egypt’s Hedaya Malak (-57Kg) and Cote d’Ivoire’s Cheik Cisse (-80Kg).
Eight weight categories will be competed for in Morocco with the finalist in each weight cadre getting automatic to the Olympics Games in Brazil.