Four Ghanaian Senior Taekwondo athletes and a Coach have left the country to participate in the Nigeria Taekwondo International Open, which takes place at Park B Indoor Hall, National Stadium, Abuja from February 8 to 10, 2019.
The four, Benson Addo (-58kg), Henrietta Naa Ayerley Armah (-49), Kezia Elemawusi Gbedze (-46kg), and Eunice Omolara Adedapo (-49kg) with their Coach Augustus Agbozo, left the country on Monday, February 4, 2019, at 6 pm via road.
They are expected to go through weighing and acclimatize before the Championship takes off on Friday.
The quartet, who have been feverishly training at the Accra Sports Stadium for this Championship is optimistic of competing through to grab medals and getting individual points to improve on their G ranking.
Their participation at the Nigeria Open Championship will form part of preparations towards the upcoming All African Games in August in Morocco and also World Championship in Manchester in May, which 3 selected athletes will be participating.
Speaking to Herosportsgh.com before their departure, Augustus Kwame Agbozo, who has been helping the athletes’ preparation says, they are poised to raise the flag of Ghana in Nigeria.
“It is not going to be easy but we’re sure of making a mark in Nigeria because our preparation has been very strong and I have confidence in them. Such Championships gives athletes lots of exposure and it is good to compete outside, which prepares you of challenges ahead. As this sport is dynamic, definitely, we will take some lessons back home but we are ready to lift the flag of Ghana High with medals.”
Kwame Agbozo, in consultation with the Technical Director of the GTF, has been appointed to officially assist Coach Maxwell Alornyo to train the senior athletes as they resumed training at the Accra Sports Stadium on January 17, to continue their preparation for the All African Games and other championships.
Nigeria will be hosting their first ever World Taekwondo sanctioned event with over 135 athletes across the globe, including USA and Oman; after Ghana hosted Africa’s first International Open in 2017, in Accra.