Taekwondists that featured in the inaugural Chika Chukwumerije Sports Festival (CCSF) Prix Series were thrilled with the quality of the organization and standard of the one-day championship.
78 kids from thirteen Taekwondo clubs in the FCT competed in four age categories while 40 athletes from five states participated in the adult category.
The indoor boxing gym of the old parade ground sports complex in Abuja was besieged by fans who had to pay to watch the fights. Parents who came to watch their kids compete at the event were equally thrilled with what they saw.
For Mr Maduka Okafar, parent of 4-year old Chikamsi Okafor, who won a gold medal in that category, this event is wonderful for the kids.
“There is no event like this anywhere and this presents a wonderful opportunity for many kids who want to experience competitions. The organisation was excellent and even though there are many areas for improvement, this was a great start for the event”
Event host and Chairman of FCT Taekwondo Association, Mr Tony Anafulu, commended the collaborative efforts that made the event highly successful.
For A.B.U Zaria’s Danbaba Jamilu Ahmed, gold medallist in the -58kg category, the event was fantastic.
“How I wish this kind of initiative started many years ago. It would have made me a much better competitor because of the experience. I really look forward to the next one in June”
For CCSF’s Bukola Ogunnusi who lost to fellow team mate, golden girl Elizabeth Anyanacho in the finals, the event has improved her confidence.
“Even though I lost in the finals, I am happy for the experience gained. That I got to the finals made me more confident and optimistic for the future”
In the Kiddies event, Brickhall Taekwondo came away as the top club at the event with a total of eight medals – three gold, four silver and 1 bronze; followed by Korean Cultural Centre Taekwondo and Eagle Taekwondo which tied for second place at five medals apiece – 2 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze.
In the adult series, CCSF topped the medal table eight medals – three gold, four silver and 1 bronze; Lagos based club Q-Madi finished in the second position with two gold medals, A.B.U Zaria came in third, with a solitary gold medal.
The grassroots sports development initiative was organised by the Chika Chukwumerije Sports Foundation in partnership with the FCT Taekwondo Association.