Ferguson Oluigbo, the President of Pan Africa Martial Arts International (PANAMAI) Open Sports Taekwondo Academy, says that the body has settled for online trainings of its athletes due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
Oluigbo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos that all PANAMAI West Africa taekwondo dojangs had been closed with immediate effect in order to comply with the directives meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“As martial artists, we have not relented in our efforts to ensure that our taekwondo trainings do not suffer unduly. In view of this, we will go online through our WhatsApp platform.
“We have opened an online whatsapp forum where training guidelines and videos will be served twice weekly and questions answered to ensure that we sustain our training tempo from the comfort of our homes,” he said.
He added that the platform was open to existing and new members.
He added that old members who were up to date with their dues would be automatically registered to enjoy the benefits normally accrued to them.
According to him, consideration will be given to only old members who have indicated interests to be on the WhatsApp training forum, while new members will be expected to request for registration details.
Oluigbo, a taekwondo grandmaster, said the training guidelines would commence immediately on the whatsapp platform adding that interested new members should reach out to him through his WhatsApp contact.
“The WhatsApp group platform has really come in handy this time and we want to make the best use of it and to also get members informed because of the recent pandemic across the globe,” he said. (NAN)