Electronic scoring device will be used at the forthcoming 14th Pan Africa Martial Art International (PANAMAI) championships, says Ferguson Oluigbo, the Coordinator of the game.
Oluigbo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos that the tournament would hold at Olympic Stadium, Cotonou, Republic of Benin, from Aug. 16 to Aug. 19.
He said that the use of the device was to ensure that taekwondoists were familiar with trends in the sport instead of manual scoring.
Oluigbo said that the facility would also enable taekwondoists to be familiar with the standard requirements needed to feature at international tournaments.
“We expect taekwondoists who aspire to take part in the competition to be familiar with electronic devices; the manual scoring system is going down and we must comply.
“PANAMAI is an international championships and in order to make it standard, the use of modern officiating device such as electronic scoring system must be put to use to assess athletes,” he said.
Oluigbo said that only healthy athletes would be endorsed for participation, advising participants to present updated medical fitness certificates as part of requirements for participation in the tournament.
According to him, a medical sub-committee set up by the Local Organising Committee (LOC) will be on ground on July 16 to reconfirm participants’ state of health before endorsement.
“We don’t want a situation where athletes will put their lives at risk because they want to take part in the championships.
“Aside the medical certificate, our medical officials will further check them,” the coordinator said.
NAN reports that PANAMAI Championships, which features taekwondo events, was introduced in 2002 by Oluigbo, who is also the president of the body.
The annual tournament, supported by the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF), has been holding in Nigeria since its inception.
It will be held outside the country for the first time to mark its14th anniversary. (NAN)