Nigerian coach ‘found dead in hotel room’

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A coach in Nigeria kickboxing circle, Funke Oguntuyi, has died.

Oguntuyi, popularly called ‘Big Fish’ was found dead at her hotel room on Saturday in Ilorin, Kwara State capital dash — according to award-winning Nigerian sports writer, Kuti Dare.

She was attending the Kick Boxing seminar organized by the state government.

The late trainer, a graduate in Physical and Health Education (PHE) and Sports Psychology, is a respected grassroot coach in Martial Arts.

Although, kickboxing is not a popular sport in Nigeria, the success of contenders of Nigerian origin like Israel Adesanya and Usman Kamaru increased Nigerians’ interest in the sport.

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The sport was believed to have been in existence since 1950 when Tatsuo Yamada, a Japanese Karateka developed an outline of it which encompassed Karate and Muay Thai. It was later examined in the 1960s when a competition was fixed which made way for rule modifications to happen.



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