Dapo Sotuminu, Lagos
Thirty-one years after the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) was founded, they have approved their first constitution.
A final version of the document, which contains guidelines for Nigeria’s taekwondo community, came into effect after 31 members of the Federation’s Special Congress endorsed it in Abuja, the country’s capital.
A representative from the Nigeria Olympic Committee was also present.
Afterwards NTF President Elizabeth Binga claimed the new constitution addressed “everything” that concerned the governance of taekwondo in Nigeria, including elections, competitions and a code of conduct for athletes.
The Teakwondo Federation president also confirmed the co-option of renowned Sports Editor, Mr Dapo Sotuminu, to handle the federation’s Media Relations and Publicity. She noted that the move was done to forge the federation on as there is the need to publicize the activities of Nigeria Teakwondo to the world.
Chika Chukwumerije, the NTF’s technical director and the only Nigerian to win an Olympic taekwondo medal, said the constitution marked “a new chapter” for Nigerian taekwondo.
Chukwumerije also revealed that the NTF hopes to hire a new national team head coach by October.
The present administration of the NTF has now held or attended four championships, six coaching and refereeing workshops and two national training camps.
Chukwumerije won an Olympic bronze medal at Beijing 2008, claiming one of only five medals the country won at the Games.