Nigeria’s minister of youth and sports development, Mr. Sunday Dare, has praised the country’s only taekwondo athlete at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Elizabeth Anyanacho, who lost to Nur Tartar of Turkey in the women’s -67kg on Monday.
Sunday Dare described the 22-year-old Olympian as a champion in making, urging her to keep her focus as if her seven points against the former world champion will be enough for a conciliatory bronze medal contest.
“You have done well against a world champion. Keep your focus and let’s pray the Turkish champion gets to the finals so you can fight for a bronze. We are here to support you all day,” Dare said.
The duo, competing in the female -67kg, kick-started competition day 3 for the taekwondo event with Tartar makeing good use of her experience to edge out 22-year Olympics debutant.
With seven points to her credit, Anyanacho will have to wait to see if Tartar makes it to the finals, to be eligible to fight for a conciliatory bronze medal.
The taekwondo event has thrown up many upsets including defeats of double Olympic champion, Jade Jones of Great Britain, defending Olympic champion Hang Jun of South Korea, and his compatriot, triple world champion Lee Dae Hyun of South Korea.