The Nigeria Army have emerged winners of the maiden Rivers State National Open Kickboxing Championship with nine gold, eight silver and five bronze medals ahead of second-place Nigerian Police Force, who scooped five gold, one silver and four bronze.
Delta State won four gold, two silver and two bronze to finish in third position and also first amongst the nine states that took part in the event, which held at the Alfred Diete Spiff Civic Centre, Port Harcourt, last month.
Punch reports that the president of the Kickboxing Federation of Nigeria, Abubakar Yakubu, a Chief Superintendent of Police, commended all the states and clubs that participated at the week-long championship that was sponsored by PLANT-GERIA Nigeria Ltd in conjunction with the Rivers State Government.
The event was packaged by KBFN and the Karate federation.
The KBFN president assured that the federation would continue to pursue its developmental agenda in order to take Nigerian Kickboxing to the zenith.
Nine states and seven clubs featured in the championship.
Yakubu also gave awards to deserving Nigerians at the event staged in honour of late kickboxing and Karate expert, Sensei Victor Bassey.
They include the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, Police Sports Officer, CP Aliyu Abubakar, and the General Manager of PLANT-GERIA Nigeria Ltd, Chief Marco Purgatorio, amongst other