Sunny Obot, Secretary-General of Nigeria’s Taekwondo Federation (NTF), said on Sunday that it would meet the registration deadline of athletes and officials for the Rio Olympics 2016 qualifiers in Morocco.
The Olympics qualifier is scheduled to take place in Morocco from February 4 to 7.
The African Taekwondo Union (AFTU), had extended the registration deadline from January 10 to January 21 but Obot assured that the federation would meet the deadline and also procure visas for the contingents, this week.
“As I am talking to you, we have our invitation letter for the athletes and the officials sent to the embassy from the organizers.
“The letter was signed by the President of Morocco Federation himself; this week I should be in Abuja for the visas.
“They have extended the registration deadline from Jan. 10 to Jan. 21 and that does not mean we will pay for late registration; late registrations will come into effect after the Jan. 21 registration deadline.
“The extension is not for Nigeria alone; it is for all the participating African countries through a circular’’, he said.
Obot said a letter containing the names of athletes and officials for the qualifiers was received by his office on Jan. 5, five days to the initial date for the registration deadline.
“What we are doing now is to make sure that the 2016 licenses of the athletes are renewed; the president is doing that personally.
“We are on top of the registration, I assure you’’, Obot added.
Various groups have been donating towards the athletes’ preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers.
The Elizabeth Binga-led group of the NTF board had last week donated about N500,000 for the athletes’ training, while the Nigerian Taekwondo Black Belt College (NTBBC), donated N200,000.