Tokyo Olympics-bound Elizabeth Anyancho (-67kg) has arrived Lebanon to participate in the World Taekwondo G-2 ranked Beirut Open, scheduled to hold 19th to 21st June, 2021 at the Stade Nouhad Naufal, in Beirut, Lebanon.
The ranked event is the last competitive event on the World Taekwondo calendar before the Olympic Games kicks off next July.
Eleven fighters are registered to participate in the same category, including three other qualified athletes to Tokyo Olympics – former world champion, Ruth Gbagbi of Cote D’Ivoire, current African champion Hedaya Malak of Egypt and Julyana Al-Sadeq of Jordan.
Elizabeth has defeated the African Champion, Hedaya Malak at the semi-finals of the African Taekwondo Championship in Dakar a fortnight ago, before narrowly losing to the former world champion, Ruth Gbagbi in the finals of the same event.
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Elizabeth Anyanacho revealed that she is ready for the challenges at the World Taekwondo G-2 ranked Beirut Open.
She said, “I have constantly improved over the past months as the Olympic got closer, and I am going to Beirut to execute the moves we have worked so hard on during training. The matches will be tough but I am ready for the challenge.”
Ranking earned at the Beirut open might include the draws that will take place at the Tokyo Olympics, given that 100% seeding will be deployed at the much-anticipated Games.
The event is being funded by the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports as one of the preparatory events of Elizabeth Anyanacho, Nigeria’s first woman in 16 years to qualify for the Olympics in Taekwondo.