The Nigeria Taekwondo Federation will be hopeful of success at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris ©NTF

The Korean Cultural Centre (KCC) has helped to boost Nigeria's taekwondo medal prospects for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris by organising the Mini Taekwondo Pomsae/Gyorugi Championships in Abuja.

Around 40 youngsters from Nigeria participated in the tournament. 

KCC Nigeria coordinating coach Abduul-Malik Mohammed was reported as saying by the News Agency of Nigeria that the event would expose them to Korean culture, martial art, and in-still confidence in them ahead of Paris 2024.

He also claimed it would focus on improving the skills of the budding athletes.

"It is what we do every time to enable the kids to exhibit what they have learnt overtime," Mohammed said.

"The bottom line is to prepare them for 2024 Olympic Games."

Mohammed revealed the KCC decided to stage the event because the regular Chika Chukwumerije Championships, named after Nigeria’s Beijing 2008 Olympic taekwondo bronze medallist, had not been held for some time.

"Since we don’t have external grassroots programmes to feature the children, we felt that continuing the in-house Mini Championships will boost their morale," he added.

"We are working on sending some of the children to Korea for more training during the World Youth Taekwondo Camp.

"We are supposed to have one this year, but it was not budgeted for.

"But the KCC has been given the assurance that by next year, God willing, we will start taking them through the World Youth Taekwondo Camp."

Chika Chukwumerije was one of two taekwondo athletes to represent Nigeria at the London 2012 Olympic Games ©Getty Images
Chika Chukwumerije was one of two taekwondo athletes to represent Nigeria at the London 2012 Olympic Games ©Getty Images

The Championships came at a time when there have been calls for the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) to move the sport forward and nurture more young talent.

Peters-Oghenejobor, winner of a Olympic silver medal when taekwondo was a demonstration sport at Barcelona 1992, has claimed that players in the country must come together and rescue the sport.

"Nothing is happening in taekwondo," he told Nigerian newspaper Vanguard.

"By now we expected that we will be up and running so that all the mistakes of the past will not be repeated.

"Some of us have reached to the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation President, Margaret Binga, but she has not shown any indication she wants to reconcile all aggrieved taekwando practitioners.

"Unfortunately, it seems the federation is still continuing with the culture of ignoring those of us who have something to offer the game.

"And so since they refuse to acknowledge us, we will continue to run our own programme and discover athletes."

In January, George Ashiru claimed he will continue to support the development of taekwondo following his departure from the role of NTF President.

Binga was confirmed as Ashiru's replacement last year.

Ashiru remains on the NTF Board and expressed his commitment to continuing the grow the sport in the country.

"Apart from being a sports fan; I love taekwondo and it is part of me," Ashiru told Vanguard.