Nigerian teenage star, Elizabeth Anyanacho has disclosed to news reporters that she would aim for the gold medal when she represents the nation at the upcoming African Taekwondo Championships in Dakar, Senegal.
The 16-year-old taekwondoist is the first Nigerian female to qualify for the Taekwondo event of the Olympics in 16 years and the second female after Princess Dudu’s qualification for the Athens 2004 Olympics.
She disclosed to reporters in Abuja that the two-day continental championship scheduled to hold from June 5 to 6, 2021 is a perfect opportunity to show her talent and the hard work she has put in training to the world ahead of the Olympic games that would be held in Tokyo later this summer.
The African Taekwondo Championships would take place at the Dakar Arena. It will also count towards the seeding of exponents at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Anyanacho said her target to Dakar is to win gold and use the championship to test run her techniques and know how her training has been.
“I’m going to use the African championship to test all my techniques and know how my training has been. I’m actually going for the gold medal in Dakar and showcase everything I have learnt. It is a major tournament and it will also serve as a preparatory event for me to the Tokyo Olympics,” she said.
“My training has been great because we had some camps and national athletes always come to help me work on my attributes. So, the training has been wonderful and I always have the African champion as well to help me fight and I feel better,” she concluded.