To acquaint the officials with the new rules in Taekwondo, the Chika Chukwumerije Sports Foundation (CCSF) in collaboration with the FCT Taekwondo Association is set to host and organize the World-Class Referee course, coming up on March 8 2017 at the Old Parade Ground, FCT Abuja.
The World Class Referee Course is being conducted by Nigeria’s most travelled and high profile Referee, Mrs Margaret Elizabeth Binga, who is a World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) certified International Class 2 Referee.
According to the organizers, the aim of the event is to teach the drastic new WTF rules that were took effect at WTF sanctioned events in 2017. National and local participants are expected for the event, which will be the first time these new rules will be taught by a qualified resource person in Nigeria.
The event, which is taking place just three days before the highly anticipated CCSF Prix Series I, will give referees an opportunity of upgrade their knowledge before the event which is using these New WTF rules alongside the latest Daedo Gen 1 software.
For Mrs Margaret Elizabeth Binga, who is former African Champion, current Vice-President of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation and currently in Tehran for the latest WTF International Refresher Referee Course, this event would ensure Nigeria Taekwondo does not lose its competitive edge.
“Even though certification will be given only to referee participants, this event has been made open to athletes, coaches and referees, as the new WTF rules if critical to all three categories. This is the first time this is happening in Nigeria, because we have come to realize how fundamentally knowing the rules can give Nigeria Taekwondo an edge at global events”
For Chairman of the FCT Taekwondo Association, Grandmaster Tony Anafulu, the event is overdue.
“Nigeria cannot continue to get information upgrade years after it takes place. This event has come at the right moment when the rules are just being applied now at the global level. So Nigeria can pass through the learning stages at the same time as other countries”
For CEO of CCSF, 3-time Olympian Chika Chukwumerije, collaborative events like this are the way forward.
“I have lost big matches because of the rules. I have also won big matches because of the rules. Nigerian practitioner intricately knows the rules only means we would producing more tactical and medal-winning competitors. I thank the FCT Taekwondo for this great initiative”
The event would be a two-hour session in the morning followed by a two-hour session in the evening and a referee test for black belt participants aiming to be certified by the FCT Taekwondo Association so they can participate in FCT sanctioned events.