Honourable Othman Bala Adam with the team

By Willy King

Honourable Othman Bala Adam, Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Nasarawa State, earlier today, received the State’s Karate team that participated at the recently concluded Hajiya Zainab Salau International Female Karate Championship held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, from 21st-24th November, 2019.

The Karate team which was made up of six athletes and a coach was received by the Commissioner in his office in Lafia.

While congratulating them for making the State proud at the Championship and emerging fourth overall best at the end of the event, Othman Bala said he would brief the Governor of Nasarawa State, Engr. Abdullahi Sule, on the feat, adding that the Governor acknowledges and appreciates hard work and distinction by anyone who puts the name of the State in the global map.

“I heartily congratulate you for this laudable feat. I cherish these medals and trophy you have brought back home.

“His Excellency, the Governor, is a man who acknowledges hardwork, perseverance, and above all, consistency in distinction. I will brief him about this and rest assured of his congratulations sooner or later”, he said.

He encouraged the athletes to keep focus, up their game and maintain the momentum while gunning for higher challenges, especially on the global stage.

Othman Bala equally congratulated the State’s Karate Coach, Kingsley Enyie, who led the team to a fourth-place finish at the Championship, and urged him to keep the good work going as better days lie ahead.

Reacting, 13-year-old Christabel Daniel who won both Gold and Bronze medals in the +48kg said “I feel so excited winning the medals, even though it was not easy. And I feel even more excited how the Commissioner welcomed and received us”.

17-year-old Bronze medallist in the +59kg, Chioma Ani, said, “Words fail me. I can’t express how I feel, I am so excited! The manner and passion attached to the reception by the Commissioner will melt your heart. Though I stand corrected, I have never seen such reception before.”

According to Bridget Gata(17-year-old) who won both gold and Bronze medals respectively in the -53kg, “I am overjoyed winning these medals. I hope to keep winning all the time. And our meeting with the Commissioner, he is a very kind and humble man; he treated us like his children. “

Coach of the Team, Kingsley Enyie, who thanked the State Government for giving them the opportunity participate at the Championship and the Commissioner for his kind reception and encouragement, both in kind and otherwise, revealed that he would continue to do his best to produce the best talents to represent Nasarawa State at any competition, adding that it was the first exposure outside the State for some of the medallists at the Hajiya Zainab Salau International Female Karate Championship.

He said he was satisfied with the performance of his athletes, hoping that they would do better in subsequent editions of the Championship.

Team Nasarawa won two gold and four bronze medals respectively, with Bridget Gata(17-year-old) and Christabel Daniel(13-year-old) both winning gold medals in the -53kg and +48kg each, while the trio of Chioma Ani(17-year-old ) +59kg, Maryam Umar(13-year-old) -46kg, and Christabel Daniel ( +48kg) won individual bronze medal each.

The quartet of Beauty Timothy(18-year-old) -55kg, Favour Aboki Oneshi(19-year-old) -61kg, Chioma Ani +59kg, and Bridget Gata -53kg combined to win bronze medal in the team Kumite event, bringing the total number of medals won at the Championship to two gold and four bronze, to finish 4th.

Four countries, eight states, including Nasarawa, and seven independent teams participated in the four-day Championship.

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