The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) again ruled the Korean Ambassador’s Cup which eighth edition ended in Abuja at the weekend.
The event, which was sponsored by the Korean Embassy, held in attendance a total of 165 athletes from two countries, 19 Nigerian states, two Universities, seven clubs and the paramilitary.
Countries that participated included Republic of Cameroon and Niger Republic while the 19 states that participated included Delta, Nasarawa, Kebbi, Plateau, Niger, FCT Abuja, Taraba, Ondo, Lagos, Borno, Zamfara, Abia, Rivers, Cross River, Kano, Osun and Bayelsa.
Universities that participated included A.B.U Zaria and University of Benin while the participating clubs were Dragon Temple Martial Arts, Q-Madi, KinNupe Taekwondo Foundation, Aitek Taekwondo, Legendary Club, Fortress Taekwondo Academy, Galaxy Int’l School TKD Club, Vintage TKD and Metropolitan TKD Club
After two days of contests, NSCDC topped by the table with eight medals – three gold, one silver and bronze medals. The paramilitary team was followed by Lagos State based club, Q-Madi which won three medals comprising of gold, silver, and bronze; while Niger Republic came in third position with two medals – gold and a bronze.
African Champion, Uzoamaka Otuadinma, established why she is the best in the continent as she won the gold in the female +67kg.
Fellow national team mate, Chinazum Nwosu, extended her five-year domination in the female -57kg as she won the gold with a performance that earned her the Most Valuable Player Award of the tournament.
Other winners in the female categories are Plateau’s Ifeoma Dennis who won gold in the 67kg and Kano’s Sekinat Adebayo who won gold in the 49kg.
In the male categories, Commonwealth gold medallist, Shola Olowookere showed why he was one of best upcoming Nigerian taekwondo star as he demolished four opponents to clinch the gold in the male -68kg. The 2011 African Games’ Bronze medallist, Sunday Onofe, won the gold in the Male 80kg by defeating a 6ft 6 tall Kenneth Ogbu of Taraba, while the gold in the male -58kg went to Q’Madi’s Abdulmujeeb Sanusi.
In the last male 80kg category, Niger Republic’s Djibo Kadri put in a scintillating performance to clinch the gold with a performance that earned him Most Valuable Player Award of the tournament, while Cameroon’s Bassonyam Blais had to settle for a bronze in that same category.
The Best Team Award went to NSCDC with their medal haul of eight while the best coach award went to NSCD coach, John Victor, who is also one of the national coaches. The best referee award went to World Taekwondo certified referee, Thursdaline Peter, who was an ex national player and recently won Best Referee at the Korea International Open.