By Tahir Adeitan
Majlis Khuddam-ul- Ahmadiyya, Oyo State in collaboration with AIMAAN, Oyo State Chapter has organized a 3-day AIMAAN camping/seminar for Taekwondo Practitioners between 29th June and 1st July, 2018 at Ahmadiyya Central Mosque, Oke Ado, Ibadan while training session held at Liberty Stadium, Ibadan.
52 athletes participated in the seminar as 10 black belters registered their attendance.
A seminar held at the indoor hall of Liberty Stadium was meant to inundate participants with the latest trends in taekwondo. The first lecturer, Mr. Ayodele Temitope, Assistant Coach, Oyo State Taekwondo, spoke on the “Latest Rules and Trends in Taekwondo”, while the second lecturer who also doubled as the Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Dikko Daud, spoke on the “Tenets of Taekwondo: Essential Tool for Building a Peaceful Society”.
Dignitaries who graced the occasion were Sabon Basirat nee Agbaje, Oyo State Female Taekwondo Coach and Sabon Kola Oyewo, Coach, Brightest Star Taekwondo.
For the grading exercise,a total of 11 athletes participated. Two athletes were graded from brown to red belt; three from blue to brown belt; three from yellow to blue belt; and three from white to yellow belt. The athletes were tested on areas such as Poomsae, Kyopa (breaking), Self-Defense (hoshinsul), Kyeorugi (Sparring) etc.
The Sadr Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya, Nigeria, Engr. Saeed, Aina paid a visit to the venue and used the opportunity to hold meeting with the participants. The Acting State Coach for AIMAAN, Oyo State, Sabon Tahir Adeitan gave an appraisal of the programme, just as Sadr hinted that the Amir, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Nigeria, Dr Mashhud Adenrele Fashola, has officially placed AIMAAN under the auspices of Majlis Khuddam.
He also promised to assist AIMAAN financially and morally. Athletes used the opportunity to present various challenges confronting the organization such as sponsorship to competitions and training kits, among other germane issues. The Sadr promised to address the challenges and requested that some be forwarded to his office in writing.
According to the organiser, the 3-day camping was largely rated as successful by, all the participants. However there were recommendations that such an initiative should be replicated in other state chapters.