Two countries including nine states have so far registered for the forthcoming Chika Chukwumerije Sports Foundation (CCSF) Championship scheduled to take place in Abuja between October 24 and October 26.
Chukwumerije disclosed this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.
NAN reports that Chukwumerije, the founder of CCSF, an NGO, holds both Olympic and Commonwealth gold medals in Taekwondo.
He said three Taekwondo clubs and the Nigeria Police had also registered for the three-day competition.
Chukwumerije listed the registered states to include Kano, Plateau, Bayelsa, Anambra, Imo, Oyo, Kebbi, Enugu and Cross River.
“We have just started registration but right now Niger and Togo are the two countries that have registered.
“ In fact we are expecting all the countries that attended the last edition including new ones.
“There is registration rush in spite of the three weeks left to do that but we are expecting Mali, Gabon, Cote d’Ivoire, Congo Brazzaville, Ghana, among others.
“We have a total of 62 competitors that have registered in just one week from two countries, nine states, three clubs and the Police, ’’ he said.
He pointed out that normal registration would close on September 20, while a 10-day grace period might be given for late registration.
According to him, this year’s edition is expected to be more entertaining with an award ceremony coinciding with a musical concert on the third day.
“ We want to let the people know that sports and entertainment go hand-in-hand,’’ he said.
Chukwumerije said a FIFA mini-tournament for Play Station-four lovers would also be staged.
The Olympic and Commonwealth Games medalist explained that last year’s edition could not hold because of Ebola outbreak.
Chukwumerije said 26 states, eight Universities, as well as more teams from the Para Military and Armed Forces are expected to participate.
NAN reports that the competition is aimed at discovering prospective athletes for the Rio 2016 Olympics and to showcase the entertainment potential of a well-organised sporting event.
The event which is also organised to promote the image of the country has total prize money of N2.8million and free equipment worth over N1million. (NAN)


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