The President of Nigeria Wushu KungFu Federation, Adekunle Adewunmi says the nation’s athletes will feature at the 2022 Youth Olympic Games in Dakar.
Adewunmi told www.aclsports.com that Wushu Kungfu has been upgraded to full regular/compulsory sport by the Nigerian Sports council since 2018.
He said, “We will be flying the National colours in the next World Youth Olympic games in Dakar. Our participation is high and Wushu Kungfu has come up in the limelight of global world sports.
“We did not need to convince the Ministry of Sports to include Wushu Kungfu on the medal table at the next National sports festival in Edo. Wushu Kungfu has since 2018 been upgraded to full regular/compulsory sport by the Nigerian Sports council”.
He further said, “As at 2017 when our board took over, Wushu Kungfu was still an optional sport in Nigeria. Today to the glory of God Almighty, Wushu Kungfu has been elevated to full regular/ compulsory sport. This can be attributed to the efforts of board fulfilling all the requirements needed by the Sports ministry”.
Adewunmi said that his team trained the full Nigeria team who represented the country for the first time to the African Youth sports competition 2019.
“We successfully trained and mobilised a full Nigeria team for the 1st time to the African Youth sports competition 2019. We have conducted National course in Bayelsa in collaboration with the Bayelsa State Government 2018 and another one in Lagos 2019 at the National training centre. I also single handedly took our athletes out to Senegal in 2019 for the 7th edition of the African Wushu Kungfu competition.
Commenting on the Fun Fair partnership with the Federation, Adewunmi said, “First of all, the partnership with Fun Centre in Lekki Lagos is actually a two in one deal that involves affordable and accessible training base for the Federation and indeed the Lagos state Kungfu association and Nigerians as a whole. It’s obvious there are no stadiums and even sports centres prior that time on the Island of Lagos.
“Secondly, the partnership deal is actually a sponsorship from the host Fun Factory. Thirdly the centre is to cater for camping and training of members ensuring the direct supervision of the Federation”.