The technical director of Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF), Chika Chukwumerije has explained factors that saw him institute and informal fund-raising drive, outside the official ambiance of the sports ministry.
Chukwumerije said the sports ministry is already planning on aiding a similar trip in May, hence his reckoning that it would be better to have a different approach towards raising money for the Nigerian team to attend this year’s World Taekwondo President’s Cup in Morocco.
He disclosed how happy he was that the Nigeria Taekwondo team of nine athletes, two coaches, one trainer and four officials received a lot of donations from stakeholders, personalities and philanthropists for the World Taekwondo G-2 event from 4th to 8th April in Agadir, Morocco.
The 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medalist, who pointed out that the sports ministry will support the NTF to attend the World Championships in May, added that their initial arrangement to proper funding fell apart.
He is, however, happy that several individuals and bodies eventually rose to the occasion to assist the NTF, among them being sports minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung, in his private capacity.
Chukwumerije added: “I also approached Bukola Olopade, who donated hugely to our project.
“I wrote to the Alumni of University of Liverpool and have been getting supports from individuals.
“Government alone cannot invest in sports and that is why we are calling on the private sector to partner with the federation.
“Most of these athletes have the potential of winning an Olympic medal in the next 12 years.”