The 4th edition of the Chika Chukwumerije Sports Foundation (CCSF) International Taekwondo Opens is set to return on the 27th and 28th October 2017 at the Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotel, Abuja.
The bi-annual event is one of the top Taekwondo tournaments in the West African region and has been credited to exposing many recent champions to the latest Taekwondo technology in the sport.
14 countries, including Ghana, Niger Republic, Central Africa, Togo and a host of others are expected for the event.
Participants at the past editions still have fond memories of the entertainment-themed event.
For World Taekwondo Federation International Referee, Senegal’s Anta Gueye, who officiated at the last event, “The tournament was so beautiful, well organized, entertaining, and fulfilled all WTF requirements. I was pleasantly surprised at the sheer scale of the event, and this event should definitely become one of Africa’s G-ranked events”
For two-time defending Champion of the tournament, National Team Athlete and Africa Silver Medallist at the last All African Games, Chinazum Nwosu, the CCSF Opens empowers Nigerian athletes, and has done so for the past three editions. It is at this tournament that we first used the electronic system and other latest competition kit, and the ambience is world-class. It gave me the confidence for international competitions.”
For Cameroun’s Kamgue Silvere Touembou, who won the “Fair Play Award, “I did not expect this at all. This is indeed the best tournament in Africa. I have been converted. I am now an official spokesperson for the CCSF Opens. When I go back to Cameroun, I am going to sound the trumpet to all the countries in Central Africa, and make sure they come here at the next edition”
At the 4th edition, a whooping N2.8 million in prize monies will up for grabs for medallists in addition to trophies and potential side prizes from tournament sponsors. Online registration for the event will begin on 8th August 2017.
Athletes from foreign countries took home 4 Gold medals out of a possible 8 Gold medals. With countries like Niger Republic, Togo already indicating interest in the event, it might be a herculean task for Nigerian teams to keep the balance. 14 countries are expected at the 4th edition.
Other programs the CCSF has lined up for the year includes the 7th Edition of the CCSF Training Workshop for U-20, scheduled to hold 24 – 28 May 2017, and the commencement of a CCSF Prix Series, a mini-competition billed to hold every quarter in 2017. This is in addition to the FCT government secondary school project where CCSF introduced Taekwondo into and the special Team CCSF project, where an investment is being made to young talent into world beaters..
It would be recalled that the 18-month Team CCSF project has already started yielding fruits when three members of the four-athlete team won laurels and awards at the 8th Korean Cup Taekwondo Championships in Accra Ghana, in what was just their first competitive event.