40 countries confirmed for Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Taekwondo competition
The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) has awarded Nigeria with a wildcard entry to compete at the 2014 World Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China
At the WTF qualifiers concluded at the weekend in Taipei City, 39 countries including two African nations – Egypt and Morocco secured their places at the global championship holding later in the year in China.
Despite the inability of Nigerian athletes to secure a place from the qualifiers, the world ruling taekwondo body considered Nigeria’s pedigree at global stage coupled with the performance of the Team Nigeria nine-man contingent, decided to award one of the 20 wildcards available to Nigeria in the male event of the Olympics.
Out of the 74 qualification places that were up for grabs at the two-day qualification tournament, which was held at the Taipei Arena, host – Chinese Taipei clinched five tickets, showing its supremacy in the sport.
The sport will form part of the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games which scheduled for August 17 to August 21, 2014 in China.
Five countries took home four qualification places.
They are Egypt, Azerbaijan, Russia, Belgium and Mexico, while four nations won three tickets, which are Ukraine, Germany, Turkey and the Netherlands.
Eight countries grabbed two qualification tickets. They are France, Colombia, Iran, Croatia, Thailand, the Great Britain, Italy and Brazil.
A total of 21 countries took one qualification place and they include Canada, Morocco, Slovenia, Romania, Poland, Sweden, Kazakhstan, Argentina, Malaysia, Spain, Korea, Ecuador, Chile, Vietnam, Jordan, Singapore, Czech, Austria, Uzbekistan, the United States, and Puerto Rico.
Source: Daily Times NG