The President of Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF), Margaret Binga revealed that the federation has accomplished all her national programs with no budget from either the sports ministry or corporate bodies.
Binga made the revelation while reviewing her one year anniversary her tenure in office.
She said the federation will do her possible best to deliver value to the Nigeria Taekwondo Community and create conducive environment for the young talents to thrive.
The NTF boss noted that 14 NTF organized programs throughout five geo-political zones in 12 months, including coaching and referee workshops that targets development of their core professionals at the grassroots.
She added that the federation’s athletes participated in 5 internationals, winning a total of 8 medals in these events.
“Exactly one year ago, you graciously elected us to serve you and bring positive motion to our aspirations and ambitions with regards to Taekwondo in Nigeria. So much has been learnt on this journey so far and we dare say that it has been as challenging as we envisaged it to be prior to asking for your permission to serve.”
“With no budget whatsoever, we have accomplished all our national programs. We can assure you that we are working hard to get partners and sponsors as this would increase our capacity and capability to serve you even more” she said.
The international referee added “While we are happy to have increased the number of national events across the country, we are far from satisfied as there is a lot more to be achieved e.g. standardization of our hiring process for national coaches, pushing to have a national training centre, more exposure of our taekwondo community to internationals amongst others”.
“In carrying out our servant duties, we are very certain that some nerves must have been frayed and emotions bruised, especially as we have been very principled, dedicated and professional in applying the laws as it should be”.
“After 30 years, we now have an NTF constitution. The youth also had her first ever junior taekwondo championships, attendance in THREE international youth tournaments, plus pushed for addition of juniors’ category at the upcoming Korea Ambassador Cup, which is the first time that this would happen”.