In its bid to ensure adequate training for Nigerian athletes ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics, the Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC) has secured an International Olympic Committee (IOC) sponsored training scholarship at the German High Performance Center for national taekwondo champion, Elizabeth Oluchi. Anyanacho.
Anyanacho joins eight other Nigerian athletes, who had already been captured under the IOC/NOC scholarship program ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
The latest NOC scholarship holder is expected to join the Taekwondo Competence Center (TCC) in Friedrichshafen, Germany, to strengthen her preparation and qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Speaking on the Anyanacho Scholarship, NOC Secretary General Banji Oladapo said the committee was determined to ensure adequate preparation for the country’s best athletes, which would lead them to the Games upholding the Olympic values.
He revealed that the Taekwondo Competence Center (TCC) in Friedrichshafen combines innovative sports and scientific know-how in theory and practice, and connects science, research and sports and practical work at the highest level.
“Anyanacho will train under a well-developed training structure overseen by world-class coaches and scientific staff. This is a pilot program to help in the development of Taekwondo in Nigeria,” noted Oladapo.
Anyanacho was Nigeria’s sole representative in the taekwondo event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where she became the country’s first female athlete in the sport at the Olympics in 16 years.
Although Federal University of Technology statistics student Owerri (FUTO) lost her fight against a very mature and experienced Olympic medalist, Nur Tartar from Turkey, she left lasting impressions that made her the future of sport.
Anyanacho is mentored and coached by Olympic medalist and Taekwondo icon from Nigeria, Chika Chukwumerije.