By Nofisat Marindoti
Taekwondo martial art as a self defense discipline practiced for sport, self-defense and spiritual development has been described as the best sport for children in recent times, particularly as a defence techniques to prevent assault.
Addressing a press conference, the Commissioner, Ministry of Social Protection, Sports and Special Needs, Comrade Biyi Odunlade, stated that Taekwondo sport exist in the state of Osun and that it is growing daily via development of children and youths involved in the fast growing sport.
Odunlade mentioned that basic knowledge of Taekwondo makes one fit, self confident, focused and equipped with self defence skills, and that State of Osun Taekwondo players have done competitions and made the State proud by emerging with Trophies at different categories.
The Commissioner also announced that the State Taekwondo Association, affiliated to Nigerian Taekwondo Federation will hold its National Conference for South West Zone Coaches in Osogbo, the state capital.
He said the national coaches conference which will run for two days, is the first in the history of the state of Osun and would be declared open by the Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Monday February 19, 2018 at Fakunle Unity High School, Osogbo.
Highlighting the participants of the conference as coaches, trainers, athletes, he also stated that school students in Elementary, Middle and High schools are expected alongside students of tertiary institutions, and youths, as well as parents interested in the know-how of Taekwondo and its benefits of empowerment for their children.