Beirut Open: Minister hails Anyanacho’s exploits

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Dare, Anyanacho and Chukwumerije

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare has commended the recent performances of Tokyo-bound Elizabeth Anyanacho, who just returned with a gold medal from the World Taekwondo G-2 ranked Beirut Open.

Anyanacho won triumphed in Beirut after winning a silver medal at the World Taekwondo G-4 ranked 2021 African Taekwondo Championship in Dakar, Senegal a fortnight ago.

The duo of Anyanacho and Olympic medalist Chika Chukwumerije paid the visit to the Minister at the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports to thank him for the role the ministry played in ensuring Elizabeth attended the last two preparatory events before the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The Minister also handed the 22-year old Elizabeth to veteran Olympian, Funke Oshonaike, urging the seven-time Olympian to serve as a positive mentor to the Olympic debutant.

Anyanacho will be competing in her first Olympics, when she steps into the ring on July 26, 2021 to compete in the female -67kg.

It will be the first time in 16 years, and second time ever, that a female Nigerian will represent the country at the Olympics in the sport of Taekwondo.