Taekwondo: National Referees Course ends in Tema

Author: Beatrice Laryea
The participants and officials in a photograph after the training

A five-day national referees’ license course organised by the Ghana Taekwondo Federation (GTF) ended on Friday, February 15 at the Korea Sports Complex in Tema Community Three.

The residential training programme, which was the first of three Development of National Sports System (DNSS) Programmes sponsored by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) through the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) was aimed at developing the sport in the country.

The Chairman of the Referees Committee of World Taekwondo Africa, Aly Mohammed Taher Nour, who was the resource person for the training, took the participants through topics such as Kyorugi, Poomsae, Para lessons in officiating and intense practicals.

The Egyptian born Finish referee also took his time to explain with scenarios, the many questions put forward by the 40 participants at the event. Participants also went through revision, theoretical and practical exams on the last day of the training.

Some of the participants taking the exams after the training

Speaking at the closing ceremony, President of the GTF, Frederick Lartey Otu advised participants to continue practicing whatever they had been taught and impact the knowledge to athletes in their respective regions and clubs.

The leadership of the GTF presented a certificate of appreciation and a smock to Mr Aly Taher Nour for his contribution to the development of the sport in the country.

For his part, Mr Aly Nour expressed appreciation to the leadership of the federation and urged them to contact him via mails for any assistance.

Mr Frederick Lartey Otu presenting the citation to Mr Aly Mohammed Taher Nour. On the left is Davis Clottey, PRO of the GTF

Course representative Maxwell Alornyo was presented with a certificate for being the best participant.

The DNSS programme continues in March with the Administrators seminar and the National Licence Coaching Course in April.