The 2016 South-East Taekwondo Championships has been scheduled to hold at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri, Imo State, from June 28 to 30.
According to the chairman, Imo State Taekwondo Association, Ferguson Oluigbo, the tournament is to discover new talents in the South-East.
He said the competition would involve Imo, Abia, Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi states. The athletes will compete in Poomsae and Kyorugi events.
Oluigbo told our correspondent that the body took the initiative to revive the zonal competition to ascertain athletes and coaches current form in relation to current rules and regulations of the sport.
According to him, participants will be grouped into three categories comprising kids, youths and adults and each will feature in Poomsae and Kyorugi as demonstration and fight.
“The tournament was borne out of the realisation that Taekwondo has not had a zonal competition in the South-East for a while now and it is necessary to catch most of these children from when they are quite young,” he said.
“The competition is also to make sure that our athletes and coaches are up-to-date in terms of competition and readiness for national competitions. Nigeria will benefit if more of these competitions are everywhere.
“We are starting small but we believe that with time it will become bigger than now.”