THE International Judo Federation (IJF) has exempted the Zambia Judo Association (ZJA) from paying worldwide affiliation and participation fees in an effort to encourage the country to participate fully in the sport.
Meanwhile, the ZJA has said more than 15 clubs are expected to take part in the 2013 Japanese Ambassador’s Judo tournament which takes place at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) on October 26.
Zambia Judo Association president Alfred Foloko confirmed in a statement to the Times in Lusaka yesterday that the resolution was made at the 2013 IJF congress.
Foloko said the exemption was effective this year, saying this was because the fees were making it difficult and discriminatory for poor countries to fully participate and engage in important championships.
Foloko said it was now his prayer that the Africa Judo Union (AJU) could emulate the gesture from the IJF president who is now the Sport Accord President.
And the ZJA has said more than 15 Judo Clubs are expected to take part in the Japanese Ambassador’s Judo Tournament 2013 which takes place at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) on October 26.
Foloko said in Lusaka yesterday that the all affiliated clubs from across the country are expected in Lusaka by Friday, October 25 in readiness for the games.
Foloko said his association which was co-hosting the event with the Embassy of Japan was putting K20,000 into the programme.
He said among the clubs that were being expected were Maramba from Livingstone, Mongu and Holy Cross from Mongu, Mazabuka, Kafue, Holy Cross of Lusaka, Bonaventure, Lilayi, Kamfinsa and Masandu of Kitwe.
He said the Japanese International Cooperation Agency judo club would also be among the participating teams at the one day event.