From Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja
The Korean Cultural Centre Nigeria (KCCN) has promoted 68 Taekwondo students from four FCT public schools. The successful students were upgraded to the Yellow Belt rank out of a total of 107 students that participated in the programme.
Eight out of the 68 students excelled and received special prizes. They included Ismail Tahir, Amir Aminu, Destiny Chukwukere, Abdulbasit Umar, Joseph Anozie, Emmanuel Anozie, Samuel Basset and Katherine Ohajuba.
KCCN had since 2014, in partnership with FCT Universal Basic Education Board (FCT UBEC), Korean Sports Promotion Foundation and Taekwondowon introduced Taekwondo in public schools in the FCT. The four public schools that participated in the programme were Model Primary School, Maitama, LEA Wuse Zone 3, LEA Wuse 5 Zone 1 and Model Junior Secondary School, Maitama.
The aim of the programme is to assist in grooming future Taekwondo champions from Nigeria.
KCCN dispatches instructors to the four approved schools in FCT to teach Taekwondo to students periodically.
The Director of the Korean Centre, Han Sungrae, applauded UBEC for spreading Taekwondo in Abuja and Nigeria among indigent students. He said the centre was considering expansion beyond four schools.
Han similarly commended the local Taekwondo instructors for making the time to impact skills and discipline in the students.