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TaeKwondo association moves to develop sport at grassroots in Enugu

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The newly constituted Enugu State Taekwondo Association Board on Tuesday said it was taking a giant stride of introducing the sport to all the nook and cranny in the state.

The state taekwondo assistant coach, Franklin Ekwedike, told newsmen in Enugu, that the board was embarking on the project through schools competition at all levels.

He said that the board had commenced taekwondo kiddies programme, adding that the training held every weekend at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium.

Ekwedike said that the programme was aimed at catching-them-young and also taking the sport to schools.

According to Ekwedike, some schools now subject their pupils to taekwondo-based questions during external examinations.

“We are grooming athletes that will represent the state in future national competition.

“The kids are now being taught the martial arts skills for fighting in case of violence.

“It is also for their self-defence, discipline, perseverance and to choose the right part to life,” he said.

He said that the board was facing financial problems and would welcome individuals’ assistance.

“The board is financially not bouyant, so we solicit for equipment such as mat, first aid, training uniforms and protective gears to enhance the combat sport.”

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