The Ghana Taekwondo Federation (GTF) has successfully ended their second National Licence Referee Course and first refresher course, at the Korea Sports Complex in Tema.
The five-day residential course was the first of three Development of National Sports System (DNSS) Programs sponsored by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) through the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC).
With resource person, Egyptian born Finish, Aly Mohamed Taher Nour, who is the Chairman of the Referees Committee of World Taekwondo Africa and former Vice Chairman of the World Taekwondo Referees Committee, participants were taken through Kyorugi, Poomsae and Para lessons in Officiating, together with intense practicals.
The renowned referee vividly explained to the satisfaction and understanding of the 39 participants, the rudiments of the game, with instances and scenarios.
The President of the Federation, Mr. Frederick Lartey Otu and other Executive Board members were present on the last day of the course, which had participants go through revision, theoretical and practical exams.
A certificate of appreciation was presented to Mr Aly Nour by the President, for his contribution to the development of Ghana Taekwondo.
The president also presented a smock to Aly Nour, to enable him to have a feel of Ghana whenever he puts it on.
Course Rep, Maxwell Alornyo was presented with a certificate for being the best participant.
The Course Rep as well presented a small size Dobok with signatures of all the participants and the coordinator to Aly Nour, with the message of keeping them in mind anytime he sees it.
Aly Nour was thankful to all and advised that they feel free to ask him for any assistance through email whenever they encounter any challenge in their line of duty as Referees.
Lartey Otu also admonished the participants not to wait for championships before practising whatever they’ve learnt but to even Officiate their training matches in their regions and clubs.
The course which was intended for 40 participants from all 10 regions, saw 26 new referees and 13 refresher participants comprising 36 males and 3 females.
However, Northern region and Upper West region couldn’t present members for the course
Participants after the course officiated the Taekwondo matches at the Joy FM kids Olympics in Accra on Saturday, February 16.
The DNSS program continues in March with the Administrators seminar for 20 and then the second National Licence Coaching Course in April.