A group of taekwondo athletes have called on the Minister of Youth and Sports Development Solomon Dalung to disqualify Mr. Chika Chukwumerije from his candidacy for the position of athlete representative in the Nigerian Taekwondo Federation election.
The group, which is called Concerned Association of Taekwondo Athletes (CATA), made the appeal in a petition to Mr Dalung.
Dated May 10 and signed by its Secretary General, Mr. Umar Mohammed, the petition (Ref. CATA / PET / Vol.3,423) explained that the opposition of the group to Mr. Chukwumerije, Olympic medalist, is due to the fact that he physically assaulted two female athletes in Abuja while at camp for the 2015 All-Africa Games.
The athletes who were allegedly attacked were called Fatima Abdullahi and Esther Nzokwu.
“We believe in all respects that he is not eligible to represent Nigerian taekwondo athletes,” the petition states.
The group also noted that a petition on the assault on athletes has been submitted to the offices of the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, president of the Nigerian Taekwondo Federation as well as the secretary general of the federation.
However, the group alleged that despite acknowledging receipt of the petition, none of the offices had done anything about the issues raised. Mr Chukwumerije, CATA added, filed a complaint in court. The case, the group noted, has not yet been determined.
“It is in light of the above that we ask the Honorable Minister of Sports to disqualify and prohibit Mr. Chika Chukwumerije from contesting any position pending the outcome of the investigation into the case,” CATA said.