To update his knowledge as well as adhere to the rules of World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), three-time Olympian, Chika Chukwumerije at the weekend departed for Las, Vegas USA to participate in a coaching certification programme, scheduled to hold on January 30.
The certification will precede the commencement of the 2017 US Taekwondo Opens with athletes drawn across the globe for the four-day championship.
Chukwumerije, a certified taekwondo technical expert of the Kyang Hee University in South Korea will be eleigibible to coach at WTF-ranked event after his certification.
The event will take place at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino with a 2-hour session for the Kyreougi event and a 2-hour session for the Poomsae event and the Beijing Olympic Games bronze medalist has registered for both events.
“Nigeria Taekwondo must not be caught on the back foot when it comes to starting at the fore-front of issues. Even though that this trip is a personal sacrifice, it is a necessary one if we are to remain relevant on the global stage,” he said.
The 2007 African Games gold medalist added: “With the rules changing every few months, our National teams and upcoming players need to know the latest changes and factor it into their training sessions so they can have the advantage at major internationals.”