Taekwondo Stakeholders blame Chika Chukwumerije for Federation crisis

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By Kuti Dare

The crisis rocking the leadership of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) has been linked with the desperation of three-time Olympian, Chika Chukwumerije who is allegedly scheming to become the president of the federation.

Chukwumerije who has been benefiting directly from the NSC with funding meant for the NTF is hell bent to be supremo of the federation.

The incumbent president GM George Ashiru was controversially impeached by six (6) members of the board federation citing cases of lack of quality leadership, financial recklessness and running the federation as a sole administrator.

Concerned senior Taekwando practitioners in Nigeria consisting of Taekwondo Instructors, coaches, referees, masters, clubs, NTBBC, NTRA, PTCAN in their Taekwondo duboks embarked on a solidarity march at the National Stadium on Thursday.

Speaking during the rally, Chairman Imo State Taekwodo Association, GM Ferguson Oluigbo said There has been open disharmony between the leadership of George Ashiru and the Olympic medalist.

“The blatant disregard for tradition and etiquette has led to this machiavellian betrayal tantamount to a back stab. I long expected this”, he said.

“The attempted coup d’etat at the NTF will be quashed and the perpetrators called to book. It is preposterous and of bad taste. It cannot, will not and does not hold water. The alternative will be too catastrophic to even imagine”Oluigbo said.

Oluigbo stressed that Ashiru remains the President of NTF adding that any power hungry individual should look else where until election time.

Chairman Lagos State Taekwondo, Jimmy Ogunnowo recalled that said two players shared their experience with him even with evidence of physical bodily harm, which resulted to their non-participation of Team Lagos at the 2015 Chika Chukwumerije Sports Foundation (CCSF).