Margaret Binga has been sworn in as the President, Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF).
Binga is the second ever Female President of a Sports Federation and the first ever Female President of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation.
The Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung on Wednesday also inaugurated the board of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation with a charge to revive its federation’s grassroots development initiative.
Dalung urged the new leadership to resist presiding over the federation as sole administrator.
He frowned at the use of recycled athletes in almost all the federations while charging them to develop new ideas for getting new talents.
“I’m tired of seeing recycled athletes who have been on stage for close to two decades. I will adjudge your performance on how committed you are to grassroots sports development because I am convinced that if you train young people today, our potential in future and our dominance in the next ten to twenty years is guaranteed. We have depleted completely our professional athletes profile and we are just recycling them,” he said.
The minister said that he’ll be strict with the prudent management of funds from donor agencies, sponsors and partners and directed that a constitution of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation be developed within three months.
Binga is Nigeria’s only two-time African Taekwondo Champion and a World Taekwondo Federation Class 2 International Referee.
Nationally, she was undefeated for 18 years and won 45 National Gold Medals in that period.