The Nigerian Wushu Kung-fu Federation has taken a giant step aimed at developing Kung-fu sport in the country by establishing a training centre at FUN FACTORY, Admiralty Way, opposite GT Bank, Lekki phase One, Lagos State.
Launched on October 1, Nigeria’s Independence Day, the centre will, among others, serve as a training centre and viable place for Kung Fu practitioners throughout the week.
Present at the launch were a good number of stakeholders including the President of the Federation, Architect Adekunle Adewunmi, the Technical Director, Bolaji Sidiq, the Chairperson of the Lagos State Kung-Fu Association, Bolanle Olanrewaju, former Chairman of Lagos Kung-Fu Association, Lemmy Akerele and the National coach, Ojo Adelusi among others.
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Speaking at the official launching of the centre, President of the Nigeria Wushu Kung-Fu Federation, Architect Adewunmi commended the management of Fun Factory for agreeing to join hands with other stakeholders in developing Kung-Fu sport in the country and reasoned that the partnership won’t have come at a better time than now that the sport is hitting it big in the continent.
For instance in 2018, Nigeria won 3 gold, 1 silver and 8 bronze medals at the African Wushu Kung-Fu championship in Cotonou, Benin Republic and just two weeks ago in Darkar Senegal, Nigeria repeated the feet by winning 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals at the same continental championship despite featuring only 4 athletes who were sponsored by the President.
With 39 gold, 39 silver and 72 bronze nedals available for grabs at any National Kung-Fu competition, Architect Adewunmi is optimistic of better future for Nigerian Kung-Fu practitioners with the involvement of Fun Factory.
Adewunmi also hinted that the Fun Factory is the pilot scheme of the project as his Federation has mapped out plans to establish more training centres in all the 6 geo-political zones across the country to aid Kung-Fu development.
Meanwhile, manager of Fun Factory, miss Ruth Nathaniel, said they decided to partner with the Nigerian Kung-Fu Federation because of the need to develop and popularize the sport beyond it’s present level in the country having realised that Kung-Fu is an entertaining sport that is loved by children.