Taekwondo: Nigeria, 5 others qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Nigeria and five other African countries were able to secure their Olympic tickets for Tokyo 2020 Olympics on the opening day of the just concluded African Qualification Tournament for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which held on February 22 and 23, 2020.

Morocco and Egypt secured two Olympic tickets each while the remaining four tickets were won by Nigeria, Ethiopia, Cote D’Ivoire and Gabon.

In the female -49kg, the number one and two seed, Egypt’s Nour Abdelsalam and Morocco’s El Boutchi, lived up pre-tournament rating as they emerged as the category’s Olympic ticket holders.

In the female -67kg, current African Champion and the number one seed, Egypt’s Malak Hedaya joined the number three seed, Nigeria’s Elizabeth Anyanacho as the category’s Olympic ticket holders.

In the male -58kg, the number one seed Morocco’s Omar Lakehal and Ethiopia’s Solomon Demse emerged as the category’s Olympic ticket holders.

In the male +80kg, number two seed Cote D’Ivoire’s Seydou Gbane joined Gabon’s Anthony Obame to emerge as the category’s Olympic ticket holders.

Current African Champion, Nigeria’s Chinazum Nwosu and Nigeria Open gold medalist, Ifeoluwa Ajayi will be representing Nigeria in the female -57kg and male -68kg respectively.

105 athletes from 35 countries are currently battling for 16 Olympic tickets for the world’s most prestigious sporting event, with 8 of those Olympic tickets already earned on day one of the African qualification tournament.

For the Taekwondo event of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, there are a total of 128 slots available to be secured – 120 for qualification places, 4 for the hosts – Japan and 4 Tripartite Commission Invitation Places.

Source Daily Trust
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