Nigeria has selected six athletes to compete the 2017 West Africa Cadet and Junior Championships in Benin Republic.
The Secretary General, Karate Federation of Nigeria, Evelyn Fabunmi, confirmed that the players had been in Abuja, the country’s capital since August first and will depart today (August 5) for Lagos.
The Cadet, Juniors and U-21 Union of African Karate Federation Zone 3 Karate Championship is billed for Cotonou from August 6 to 13, 2017.
Fabunmi claimed she was impressed by the standard she witnessed at the closed camp in the Abuja, commending the technical committee of the Karate Federation.
The federation scribe also disclosed that the President of the federation, Honourable Silas Agara, who doubles as the deputy governor of Nasarawa State witnessed the training exercises of the athletes.
“We believe with the support of all (including Hon Silas Agara) and with the right motivation, our Karate junior athletes will do the nation proud,” he said.
Ujunwa Nwankwo and Blessing James are the female representatives, while Oluwaseun Olorumbe, Ebube Opera, Abdulazeez Bashiru and Saidu Ahmadu have been selected to represent the men’s side.
The President Karate Federation of Nigeria disclosed that his board will ensure the country is represented at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.