By Abdul Roqeeb Ogunrinde
11 members of Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Organization (Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya), Ilaro District (Dil’a) have participated in the Ahmadiyya International Martial Arts Association of Nigeria U-16 Taekwondo Open Championship held at Ibadan between 21st and 23rd November 2019.
Prior to the chapionship, there was a two-day camp at the same venue in which the participants performed actively and excellently.
At the end of the championship, Akinbode AbdusSalam won Gold, Salaudeen Muiz went home with bronze, Olowonmi Zikrullah won bronze as Olowonmi AbdusSalam, Hammed AbdQayyum, Hammed AbdWajud, Olorunnisomo Rodiah and Orobiyi Waliyat won silver each. Tejuosho Faridah also won bronze.
The three athletes who were unable to get to medal table used the championship to garner experience as the three fell in the same weight category (Akinbode AbdSalam, Olowonmi Zikrullah and Olowonmi AbdsSalam) and lost to one another.
Olowonmi AbdsSalam lost to Zikrullah while Zikrullah lost to Akinbode AbdSalam.
The team were accompanied by Erinosho Abideen (Captain) and Sabon Olabode Abdur Rafeeq (Coach).
In the same vein, five members of Ahmadi Muslim Youth Organisation (Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya), Ogun State also participated in IAU African Championship Race held at Remo on 7th December, 2019.
The Majlis members from Remo and Ilaro Districts participated at the event as volunteers.
The 50-Kilometer Ultra-Race Championships, with the start and finish point at Sagamu International Stadium, saw South Africa’s Thobile Mbolekwa finished the race in three hours two seconds to clinch first place in the male category.
Zimbabwe’s Prosper Mutwira finished in the second position at 3:05:25, while Nigeria’s Ilya Pam Mwa finished third at 3:12:39.
In the women category, South Africa’s Sanelisiwe Mbanjwa came first in a time of 3:04:45 to beat Nigeria’s Elizabeth Nuhu Power to the second position (3:47:29), while South Africa’s Leilani Scheffer finished third in 3:48:01.
Speaking on his feat, Mbolekwa said he was pleased to win the competition for South Africa, adding that he had to train harder to prepare and finish first despite the cramp challenge he had on his leg while running.
The Ilaro District Qaid who joined other four members from Remo was interviewed after the race, where he expressed his profound gratitude to Allah the Almighty and to the organizer of the programme.