The Team Nigeria nine-man team that featured at the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF)-organised Youth Olympics Qualifiers as well as the World Junior Championships returned to the country at the weekend from the Asian country with a lot of gains as well as challenges that prevented them from fulfilling their potentials at the competitions.
The team handled by the Coach Jin Beom Kim, would remained grateful to the National Sports Commission (NSC) as well as the Director General of the commission, Gbenga Elegbeleye for facilitating the trip despite the short time to prepare.
At the WTF Youth Olympics Qualifiers, none of them advanced beyond the first round but at the World Junior Championships some of them won their first round fights, which was an improvement for the team.
Although before the team embarked on the trip, Coach Jin Beom Kim never raised the hope of the team but he believed that the experience and exposure would count for the team in subsequent tournaments especially the forthcoming African Junior Championship holding in May in Botswana.
Impressed by the team’s performance after the world taekwondo ruling body discovered that the entire team was making their debut in an international competition; WTF was inspired to give Nigeria a wildcard for the 2014 Youth Olympics holding in August in Nanjing, China.
The taekwondists who spoke after their arrival at the weekend admitted that the trip has afforded them the opportunity to learn the new techniques in the sport.