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Panama/Cottage Mills Taekwondo Championship: Nasarawa team harvests 6 medals

From Esther Akaa, Lafia 

Nasarawa State Taekwondo Team has scooped six medals, including three gold, one silver and two bronze, at the ongoing 15th Panamai (West Africa) and Cottage Mills Open Taekwondo Championship, holding in Lagos State.

The Voice reports that the championship which began on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, will end on Monday, August 15.

A statement issued on Sunday by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the state Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Eche Amos revealed that, Ihuo Laady Louisa won gold in the -49kg women’s senior category after beating her Delta State counterpart, Blessing Peter.

Amos, further revealed that Mildred Monday towed Ihuo’s path as she also defeated Sikiru Opeyemi from Lagos State in the Junior -52kg category.

“Earlier, Agada Elijah picked the gold medal ahead of his Lagos State counterpart in the Poomsae event.

“Also, Emmanuel Kasimu Ayaka settled for silver medal after losing in the final of the -45kg category to his Abia State counterpart, Chukwu Sopara.

“The duo of Maria Raphael and Bashir Musa Usman won one bronze medal each in the women’s -46kg and men’s -63kg senior categories after losing their fight to their Kebbi and Oyo States’ opponents.

“The pair had earlier defeated their Benin Republic and Togolese fighters in the quarter-finals enroute to the semi-finals before settling for the bronze medal,” Amos stated.

The PRO noted that with more games expected on Sunday (today) and Monday (tomorrow) before the curtains are drawn, there is glimmer of hope for team Nasarawa to increase their medal haul in the championship.

He said that the team, led by Coach Lois Jerry is competing in the cadets, junior and senior categories alongside states of the federation, as well as neighbouring West African countries.

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