Preparations for the African Kickboxing Championships will continue in spite of the postponement of the competition, Peter Njoku, Secretary, Kickboxing Federation of Nigeria (KBFN), has said.
The tournament earlier scheduled from March 29 to March 24 in Yaounde, has been shifted to April 23 – April 20.
Njoku said rather than relent on preparations, the body would take advantage of the shift to strengthen itself for a good outing.
“We have been communicating with the organisers; we got an official letter that the competition has been postponed.
“Although we were surprised at the postponement, we have accepted it in good faith because it will afford us an extra time to close gaps and tidy up every arrangement.
“The athletes and coaching crew are aware that they have an extra month of working hard and not going to sleep because they need to excel in the championships,” he said.
According to him, the competition organised by Confederation of African Kickboxing Federation was postponed due to forthcoming elections in Cameroon.
He appealed to corporate bodies and individuals yet to respond to the federation’s proposal to do so, saying that the body would need financial assistance to embark on the trip.
“We appreciate those that have identified with us, but we are appealing for more to fortify our arrangement,” he added.
Meanwhile, Njoku noted that 26 kickboxers who distinguished themselves at the national trials held in December, have been confirmed to represent the country in three events in their categories.