Taekwondo Federation mourns patron Chukwumerije | Independent Newspapers Limited
Newsletter subscribe

SPORT

Taekwondo Federation mourns patron Chukwumerije

Posted: Apr 26, 2015 at 12:06 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) has described the death of its patron, Senator Uche Chukwumerije as a big loss to the sport in Nigeria.

Chukwumerije

Chukwumerije

In a statement signed by its president, George Ashiru highlighted the immense contribution of the lawmaker, which he said has helped to popularize the sport.

“The Nigeria Taekwondo Federation regret announce the passing away of the Senator, a founding father and patron of the Federation. Senator Chukwumerije was a 5th Degree black belt issued in Korea, and spawned a family of 8 black belts many of whom were national and international champions. These include the late Kwame Chukwumerije, who at 15, in 1987 was considered good enough to be invited to the national team for the world championships. His others sons Uche and Chika have both been African Games champions and Chika has gone on to do the country even more proud picking a bronze at the 2008 Olympic Games.

He added: “Late Senator Chukwumerije, was a former President of the Nigeria Taekwondo Black Belt College, and was part of the team of leaders who agitated for the official recognition of Taekwondo by the National Sports Commission in 1987. He singlehandedly sponsored the 2007 Nigerian Team to the 2007 Olympic qualification tournament, among many others. He also hosted and rewarded the 2011 African Games team at a gala event in Abuja.

“He is famous for his political leadership as part of the National Assembly’s “Integrity Group”, while serving as a 4 term Senator. He was also a former Minister of Information in the 1990s. On behalf of the entire Taekwondo community, I extend our heartfelt condolences to the Chukwumerije family, and may the soul rest in peace,” Ashiru said.