The visiting Nigerian Taekwondo Federation and their elite team members were given a warm reception as they arrived in the UK, preparing to train with their British counterparts in the first leg of a 3 month training camp prior to Beijing. Britain’s guests arrived in Manchester at Sport Taekwondo UK’s training academy last weekend and have spent the last 4 days sparring with Britain’s own summer hopefuls.
Led by team manager George Ashiru, their latest international outing will give the Africans the chance to learn from the GB taekwondo team in both the +80kgs and +68kgs categories. Ashiru was grateful of the chance to develop his team during this important year and commented, “We see the opportunity to train with a strong taekwondo nation such as Britain as the perfect build-up to our holding camp in Chinese Taipei. The British squad will provide my team with a fresh perspective and will give our team coach an opportunity to identify any areas that we still need to focus on.”
Nigerian stars Chika Chukwumeriie and Isah Muhammad Adam, +80kgs and +68kgs respectively, are looking to record positive results against the Britons in preparation for the summer with Chukwumeriie having booked his place in China by finishing second in the African qualification event held in Libya.
Gary Hall, Performance Director for the Great Britain taekwondo team, ‘The British team welcomes the Nigerian Taekwondo Federation to Manchester and I hope that the experience was a useful one for them. With the European Championships just a few weeks away, this is a vital period and having the Nigerian squad here with us will certainly aid our preparations.”
The Nigerian team will continue their build-up to the Olympics by travelling to Chinese Taipei where they will spend the next 3 months in preparation. They will be hoping to return home to Nigeria, a country which has over 100,000 active taekwondo practitioners, at the end of August after a successful games.