Nigerian Taekwondo Federation mourns departed continental head

The Nigerian Taekwondo Federation (NTF) on Monday, joined the global Taekwondo fraternity in mourning the death of the sport’s continental head, Gen. Ahmed Fouly of Egypt.

Officials of the federation in separate statements described the late President of the World Taekwondo Federation--Africa who died on Sunday, as a rare gem.

Mrs Margareth Elizabeth  Binga, NTF President in her condolence through a statement, described Fouly’s death as the ‘fall of an Iroko’.

Binga in the statement said the sport has lost an icon who made great differences and wondered ‘who can feet into his shoes’.

“The NTF prays God to grant his immediate family and the Taekwondo family, the fortitude to bear the loss while wishing his soul eternal rest.

Dr Jonathan Nnaji, Vice President, African Taekwondo Union (WTA) said that the world’s sports pavilion has lost a colossus whose replacement would be a herculean task.

“We commiserate with the world sports conclave, World Taekwondo Africa and Fouly’s immediate family and pray that his soul rests in peace.

Engr. Chika Chukwumerije, NTF Technical Director also in a statement, described the late Fouly as a wonderful, intelligent, emphatic, just and progressive-minded individual.

The Olympic Games Bronze Medalist said that Fouly who was the Vice President of the World Taekwondo Federation suffered a severe heart attack a few months ago and was in intensive care at the Al- Aseel hospital in Hurghada, Egypt.

“He held many local and international positions which include: President of the Egyptian Taekwondo Federation, President of the Federations of African Federations and the President of Islamic Solidarity.

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