The Guardian (Nigeria)

Lagos Karate Associatio­n Unearths New Talents At One- day Trials

- By Alex Monye

THE Lagos State Karate Associatio­n ( LSKA) recently held a one- day trial at the Rowe Park Sports Centre Yaba, Lagos to pick karatekas, who will represent the state in the nearest future.

According to the organisers of the championsh­ip, the state karatekas’ not- tooimpress­ive performanc­e at the last National Sports Festival held in Benin City, Edo State, necessitat­ed the screening exercise.

Athletes from different clubs across the state took part in the one- day trials, which at the end of the day produced young talented karatekas, who are expected to give their best when called upon for duty.

The athletes, who displayed their skills in kata and pumse, in both the male and female categories, commended the associatio­n for the programme, adding that a lot needs to be done to expose them to internatio­nal championsh­ips.

Chairman LSKA, Omololu Bello, said the trials is one of the many programmes lined up to unearth athletes and also to help them hone their skills for a better performanc­e, as a they move on in their sporting career.

“We are using the trials to select quality talents for the state ahead of the National Sports Festival in Delta State, next year. This is just one of the programmes we have lined up to discover, train and nurture the karatekas to become worthy ambassador­s for the state. The athletes, discovered, will also go for a competitio­n in Benin Republic soon, as part of measures to expose them to the modern techniques in the sport,” he stated.

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