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About the athlete

Since securing himself a gold medal at the inaugural World Taekwondo Grand Prix in 2013, heavyweight Mahama Cho has been a dominant figure in the +80kg weight division and in 2016 qualified Great Britain its fourth and final place to the Summer Olympic Games. Once in Rio, Mahama fought his way to the bronze medal repechage match but narrowly missed out on medalling, resulting in a respectable fourth place finish.

More recently, Mahama gained a silver medal at the 2017 World Taekwondo Championships in Muju, which was quickly followed by a Grand Prix gold in Rabat and bronze on home soil in London. 

Orginally from the Ivory Coast in Africa, Mahama relocated to London at the age of eight. A keen advocate for anti-bullying, he often speaks out on his experience of adapting to daily life in the UK and spends most of his time, when off the mat, visiting schools in Stockwell, his local London area. 

Mahama said: “I am ecstatic to be nominated for ‘Athlete of the Year’ at this year’s National Lottery Awards. It is thanks to National Lottery players that I am able to represent my country and win medals so it feels incredible to be in the running for an iconic National Lottery Award. It would be amazing for myself and the sport of taekwondo to win the award so hopefully people do go out and vote for me to win.”

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