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Celebrating Team Nigeria! Chika Chukwumerije, Olympics Taekwando Bronze Medalist Aims for Gold This Time Around

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As our Nigerian Athletes compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games, BN would be celebrating some of our stars who have worked hard, trained hard and are striving to achieve their very best. At the World Games, they have come to test themselves in healthy competition with athletes from across the world and strive for their personal best daily.

We identify with their courage and wish them the very best as they bring glory to Nigeria. Go for Victory, Team Nigeria!

Chika Chukwumerije is a sportsman with an impressive portfolio who is set on bringing victory to Nigeria with his performance at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

He was one of the few Nigerian athletes to bring home a medal at the last Olympic Games in Beijing and is the current Captain of Team Nigeria at the Olympics.

Chika is ranked 29th in the world, and is the Founder of Chika Chukwumerije Sports Foundation, an organisation which inspires talented sporting youngsters to increase in their capacity while also having sound education and successfully integrating both.

Born on December 30 1983, Chika is the son of Nigerian Senator, Uche Chukwumerije.

He has his first degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri. Nigeria and a Masters Degree in Operations and Supply Chain Management from the University of Liverpool.

Chika first drew attention in 2003 during the qualifiers for the 2003 All Africa Games where he eventually won a bronze medal in the Heavyweight Male category. He qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, but lost his first bout to Pascal Gentil, the eventual bronze medal winner. Nevertheless, after a period of intensive training, he became one of Nigeria’s best chances for a medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and went on to win the Bronze medal.

He is the first African to win a medal at three consecutive All Africa Games (Abuja 2003 – Bronze; Algiers 2007 – Gold; Maputo 2011 – Silver) and the first Athlete from Sub-Sahara Africa to win an Olympic medal (Bronze in Beijing 2008). He is also a National Heavyweight Champion.

At the London 2012 Olympic Games, he hopes to finally achieve his dream of becoming an Olympic champion.

“The Olympics is a dream for me, and I toss in my bed at night just thinking about it” he said.

Chika is yet to play his first game at the 2012 Olympics and as he prepares, we wish him the very best.

Sources: Daily Times | Wikipedia | Super Sport

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

24 Comments

  1. ofilispeaks

    July 31, 2012 at 9:50 am

    yet to play his first game or fight his first fight =D

    Anyway wishing Chukwumerijie much luck. He was a legend in Lagos Country Club, he kicked a guy once and blood started coming out of his mouth. Viscious!

  2. juliet

    July 31, 2012 at 9:52 am

    all the best

  3. nwando

    July 31, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Good luck Chika! Do us proud.

  4. Theodora

    July 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Wishing you the very best Man………..Team Nigeria all the wayyyyyyyyy

  5. Eugenia

    July 31, 2012 at 10:05 am

    i wish u d best bro………our team captain.

  6. nelly

    July 31, 2012 at 10:25 am

    yagazie back in school i knew you would do big things. Good luck.

  7. @ajiriavae

    July 31, 2012 at 10:40 am

    He is such a cutie!!! Good luck, boo.
    http://ajiristyle.blogspot.com/

  8. lily

    July 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    good luck Chika #teamnaija#

  9. Princess of Zion

    July 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm

  10. ronny

    July 31, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    No where in this article was his sport mentioned. Heavy weight champion in what?????

    • Soraya

      July 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Well, Ronny, I think that the sport is pretty obvious but that said, I agree,lazy journalism!

    • Porshlla

      July 31, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      Thank you!! very typical of Nigerians, very quick to reveal which political position their father is occupying and negelecting to mention the most important thing being the sports category he will be representing. This is the second time I’m reading an article on him partaining to olympics and it was the same thing. Quick to mention his father is a Senator yet not even telling us what sports he will be representing Nigeria. SMH! in

  11. dontmention

    July 31, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Goodluck to him but bella I hope when u say first African to win a medal in dryer Olympics u mean in his field, Bc if that is not how u meant it, then its a lie Bc other African athletes hv won medals bf de 2008 games…not going to callnnames. But if u need me to, will do. Good luck to chukwu again

  12. NSG Admin

    July 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Kudos to Bella Naija @ 6. We wish Chika and indeed Team Nigeria the best of luck. Meanwhile follow correct sports gists at naijasportsgists.blogspot.co.uk

  13. Soraya

    July 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    @Ronny–Well, Ronny, I think that the sport is pretty obvious but that said, I agree,lazy journalism!

  14. Turn turn turner

    July 31, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    @ronny…read the title na. It reads “Celebrating Team Nigeria! Chika Chukwumerije, Olympics Taekwando Bronze Medalist Aims for Gold This Time Around”

    All the best Chika!

    • d-real

      July 31, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      And I’m sure your fish brain didn’t tell you that the Taekwondo was added only after ronny commented eh?

  15. Ndidi

    July 31, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Sending nothing but good wishes and positive vibrations his way as he faces his first games and matchups!

  16. Lizzie

    July 31, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Go Yaga!!

  17. martha Okorowanta

    July 31, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Wish u success chuks

  18. Dagcox

    August 3, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    U can do it Chukwumerije, I have spared with u once, u nearly killed me, lol, I know you can make us proud…

  19. chillysauce

    August 10, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    God’s grace, lover

  20. wole

    August 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    this is inept reporting, his sport is not mentioned and this is even more exemplified when it is reported that chika is yet to play his first game, what is that, have they changed fight bouts to game now,

  21. DEEJAYKARATENGR

    September 22, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    it realy gud to loose and it also gud to vin ,but all the same it give you more reason to think and train ok. gud luck to all tkd athlete in NIGERIA

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