The recently concluded 3RD National Youth Games held in Ilorin, Kwara State ended with praises for the organizers and high hopes for participants.
It was the first tournament organized by the newly inaugurated board under the leadership of its first female president, Mrs. Margaret Elizabteh Binga.
Electronic balloting and the full Daedo PSS (body and head) were used for the very first time, ensuring that the event was close to international standards. In the final of the -55kg event, Oyo’s Salaudeen Habeebullah Gbolahan and Akwa Ibom’s Asuquo Daniel Mfon gave the few present a fight to remember as the former against the odds picked the gold medal in that category.
There were 16 medalists, winners from 13 states covering all six geo-political zones. Ebonyi narrowly topped the table, first time in their history in which they’d finish top of any national championships.
“On behalf of the federation and new board, I congratulate the Nigeria Taekwondo community on the successful organization of the event. Being the first major task of our new administration, and the importance of the tournament to our future, I am delighted that all stakeholders came together to make this work. This is only the beginning of things to come as we march forward together to confront the vast challenges that are before us.” – Margret E. Binga
After the tournament, a carefully designed questionnaire was randomly distributed to all who indicated interest to participate.
There were a total of 44 respondents comprising of 12 athletes, 19 coaches, 1 referee, 6 Admin, 2 Medical and 4 spectators. Overall, there was very commendable feedback from the participants on the conduct and organization of the taekwondo event.