Edo 2020: Lagos Wins First Gold Medal By 8-Month Pregnant Taekwondo Athlete

Aminat Idrees
Aminat Idrees (Extreme right) won a gold medal for Lagos at the ongoing National Sports Festival in Benin, Edo State.

BEVERLY HILLS, April 06, (THEWILL) – In an inspiring sequence at the ongoing Edo2020 National Sports Festival (NSF), a visibly, heavily pregnant athlete won a gold medal in a Taekwondo event on Monday. In highlighting the achievement via the NSF account on Twitter, it was disclosed that the contestant, Aminat Idrees, achieved the feat alongside her male teammate, Arowora Roqeeb, in the Mixed Poomsae category in Taekwondo of the competition.

Accompanied by video, the tweet noted that Aminat was one of the leading medalists at the festival because she took the silver medal for placing second in the female team Poomsae category and an individual bronze in the same category as well, to wrap up an inspiring individual collection of medals.

This was reflected in the NSF tweet-thread that read: “An inspiring outing by heavily pregnant Aminat Idrees who won a gold medal for Lagos at the ongoing National Sports Festival in Benin, Edo State. Aminat Idrees who is 8 months pregnant won gold in the Mixed Poomsae category in Taekwondo alongside her male counterpart, Arowora Roqeeb.”

“This is Team Lagos’ first gold at Edo 2020. She also won Silver in the female team Poomsae category and an individual bronze in the same category making her one of the leading medalists at the festival.”

Poomsae are a set sequence of movements that consists of the various fundamental stances, blocks, punches and kicks logically arranged in a meaningful order in response to attacks from multiple imaginary assailants.

Each Poomsae pattern consists of an established sequence of movements which has a philosophical meaning, and each Poomsae has its own character and distinct quality. Poomsae teaches a student balance, technique, coordination and self-discipline and contestants are scored on two levels of Accuracy and Presentation.

Accuracy: correct movement, correct placement of technique, balance

Presentation: Strength, speed, rhythm, expression of energy.

THEWILL recalls that the sports festival which almost seemed it was never going to hold after a series of postponements forced on the organising committee by concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, is already proving to be a hotbed of athletic competitiveness and records have been falling with the creation of new ones.

The curtain will fall on this 20th NSF on the 14th of April and by that time, the Games, which began on Sunday, will have produced a leading State at the top of the medals table.