Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja
The new Director of the Korean Cultural Centre in Nigeria (KCCN), Lee Jin Su has noted that Nigeria is endowed with raw talent in Taekwondo that only have to be groomed.
Lee made this disclosure, when he inspected the general training and grading test to acquaint four FCT schools with the latest training in Taekwondo.
The diplomat said Nigeria will produce world class performers in the Taekwondo, if it succeeds in grooming the talented kids at its disposal to the international standard.
He said the Korean government is fired up to offer partnership support for the sport in Nigeria.
“The potential in the country is incredible. I can also feel Nigerians’ passion for Taekwondo. In a not too distant future, I can see international champions emerging from this country, “Lee said.
About 100 kids drawn from LEA Primary School Wuse, Zone 3, Model Primary School, Maitama, LEA Primary School, Wuse 5 Zone 1, and Model Secondary School, Maitama featured in the programme, which is a grading test for the second FCT UBEB Elementary Taekwondo Championship that holds in June.
The training was supervised by KCCN Taekwondo instructors led by Coach Abdulmalik Mohammed.
Mohammed said the exercise was meant to bring the kids up to date with the latest rules of the sport.
The the Arts coordinator of FCT UBEB Okafor Isioma, also lauded the initiative of KCCN towards the growth of Taekwondo.
She added that efforts were being made to extend the programme to the other area councils in the FCT and for KCCN to admit more schools into the training programme.