30 ath­letes for Agoma Open Mar­tial Arts Fes­ti­val

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The spon­sor of the 13th Agoma Open Mar­tial Arts Fes­ti­val, Peters Oghene­jobo, yes­ter­day said no fewer than 30 ath­letes would par­tic­i­pate in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Oghene­jobo said in a chat in La­gos that the fes­ti­val would hold from May 13 to May 18 at the Sam Ogbe­mu­dia, Sta­dium, Benin.

He said that the fes­ti­val would fea­ture five events -taek­wondo, kick­box­ing, judo, kung-fu and karate, in both the male and fe­male cat­e­gories.

“Ath­letes have reg­is­tered and are pre­par­ing for the up­com­ing com­pe­ti­tion, which I as­sure fans, will be in­ter­est­ing,” the spon­sor said.

Ac­cord­ing to him, a cash prize of N50,000 will be won by the best male and fe­male ath­letes in all the cat­e­gories.

He said they would also go home with cer­tifi­cates, medals and tro­phies.

“The cash prize will serve as mo­ti­va­tion for the ath­letes to put in their best per­for­mances and in the process en­ter­tain the spec­ta­tors,” Oghene­jobo said.

He noted that the com­pe­ti­tion would pro­vide op­por­tu­nity for fighters to dis­cover their strength and weak­nesses, so as to be­come bet­ter ath­letes, wor­thy of in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

Oghene­jobo, who is also the 2012 Taek­wondo Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment Award win­ner, said the fes­ti­val would serve as prepara­tory ground, ahead of the 19th Na­tional Sports Fes­ti­val (NSF).

The next NSF tagged ‘Par­adise Games’ will hold from Nov. 27 to Dec. 9 in Cal­abar, the Cross River cap­i­tal. ( NAN)

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