The Kickboxing Federation of Nigeria (KBFN) has that the 10th National Open Championships, scheduled to hold in Lagos is aimed at preparing kick boxers for the impending National Sports Festival (NSF).
KBFN Technical Director, Wilson Okon, said that the tournament would hold at the Indoor Sports Hall, Rowe Park, Yaba from June 4 to June 8.
Okon said that the championships were incited by complaints by enthusiastic athletes and coaches across the country over the dearth of activities being experienced in the sport since the beginning of 2017.
“We are hopeful that the sports ministry will make a pronouncement on the long-awaited NSF after the federations’ elections, so we want to put the athletes in competition mood.
“Following the dearth of competitions frustrating the efforts of the athletes, the federation has taken the initiative to organise this tournament as a way of adding value to their careers,’’ he said.
Okon said the choice of Lagos as competition venue was to restore the sport in the state, following its absence at the 18th NSF, tagged ‘‘EKO 2012’’.
The director said that the sport was excluded from the 2012 festival and it denied its athletes the opportunity to exhibit their skills.
“Lagos is a central city where lots of athletes observe their training, hence the decision by the federation to hold the championships here, to give opportunity for increased participation,’’ he said.
Okon added that the competition would feature male and female categories in full contact and low-kick events, while athletes would be expected to win and defend their titles.