The Ghana Taekwondo Federation (GTF), Frederick Otoo, will soon roll out a number of events, including a referee license course in the first quarter of 2016 to sharpen the skills of officials as the federation seeks to raise the standard of the sport in the country.
Otoo, said the course would among other things seek to upgrade the skills of taekwondo referees in all ten regions of Ghana technically and strategically.
Mr. Otoo made this disclosure at the closing ceremony of the 2015 Korea Cup taekwondo championship which was held at the DG Hithramani Sports Hall at the Accra Sports Stadium.
He urged the referees and athletes to prepare adequately and make themselves available for the grand opportunity the federation was offering.
“This course is not only for referees but athletes as well. One can be a referee and an athlete at the same time.”
He also called on individuals, institutions and clubs that are yet to register as members of the GTF to do so since they would not be allowed to participate in any GTF organised event from 2016.
“If you want to benefit from the GTF, it would be imperative to register with the federation. Failure to do that would mean you have denied yourself the opportunity to partake in events of the federation from next year.”
The two-day event which was organised by the GTF in partnership with the Korea Embassy in Ghana saw hundreds of taekwondo athletes participate in the various weight categories.
The Prisons taekwondo club won the ultimate trophy after being adjudged the best club of the championship. The best fighter in the male category went to Augustus Agbozo.
In the female category, the best fighter trophy went to Eunice Adedapo with Hamdiatu Bashiru picking up the female most promising fighter award. Benson Addo was named the most promising male fighter and he walked away with a trophy and a hamper.
In the Para category, Sharon Akwei was named as the best Para fighter.
Fighters who placed first to the third positions in each category were awarded with medals and a hamper with those who won special awards walking away with branded trophies.
By Naa Kwaamah Ankrah