With the ban on sporting activities lifted in the country, the Nigerian Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has stated that pre-Olympics camp will be thrown open for athletes in two weeks in order to commence preparation ahead of the Games in 2021. This information was made public by the Nigerian Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, when he received in audience, Elizabeth Anyanacho, the champion of the 2019 Nigeria International Open (Taekwondo). It will be recalled that the 2020 Summer Olympics, originally scheduled to hold in Japan this year was postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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‘In the next two weeks we are going to start pre-Olympic camp for athletes at different centres, let’s make sure taekwondo also gets a slot either in Abuja or Akure. We want to keep our athletes there for 2 weeks, just to get them out of their rustiness and get them going again ahead of the next year extended 6 months camp.’
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Commenting further, the Minister hailed Anyanacho’s feat of emerging as the first female Taekwondo athlete in the country to qualify for the Olympics in 16 years, and the second woman in Africa’s history to attain such height. On her road to becoming African champion and securing the Olympics ticket, Anyanacho beat Urgence Mouega (former African champion) of Gabon by 12-5 points in the women’s 67kg bout during the Africa Taekwondo Olympics Qualifiers in the Complexe Sportif Moulay Abdellah (Palais des sports), Rabat City, Morocco.
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