Elizabeth Anyanacho, Nigeria’s Taekwondo star has disclosed that she is ready for the challenge ahead of her at the World Taekwondo G-2 ranked Beirut Open in Lebanon. The tournament is scheduled to hold 19th to 21st June 2021 at the Stade Nouhad Naufal in Beirut.
The Nigerian youngster has already made history by becoming the first Nigerian woman to qualify for the Olympics game in Taekwondo since 2004. The Beirut Open is the last competitive event on the World Taekwondo calendar before the Olympic Games kicks off in Tokyo this July.
Anyanacho defeated African Champion, Hedaya Malak at the semi-finals of the African Taekwondo Championship in Senegal a few weeks ago but narrowly lost the finals to former world champion, Ruth Gbagbi.
The 22-year old is expected to face tougher opponents in this tournament and all participants would be motivated as the Olympics draw nearer. However, Anyanacho has disclosed that she is looking forward to the challenge and willing to execute the moves that she has worked on in training.
“I have constantly improved over the past months as the Olympics got closer, and I am going to Beirut to execute the moves we have worked so hard on during training. The matches will be tough but I am ready for the challenge,” she said according to ACL Sports.
Eleven fighters are registered to participate in the same category, including three other qualified athletes to the Tokyo Olympics – former world champion Ruth Gbagbi of Côte D’Ivoire, current African champion Hedaya Malak of Egypt and Julyana Al-Sadeq of Jordan.