Zambian Judokas get Tunisia invite

ZAMBIA has been invited to compete in the 2014 Africa Cadet and Junior Judo Championships set for Tunisia.

Zambia Judo Association (ZJA) president Alfred Foloko said in Lusaka yesterday that the Tunisia outing would be the springboard for the selection of a final team to represent the country at the 2014 Africa Games Championships in Botswana.
Foloko expressed happiness at the invitation, saying it would help the association choose a strong team to compete at the African event in Gaborone next April.
He said with the 2014 calendar activities almost complete, all that remained was hosting of the Judo for Peace set for November 28 at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC), which would be followed by an
International Judo Federation (IJF) course in December.
Foloko said under the leadership of its director, Jan Eirik Schiotz, the international body would host the IJF Judo for Peace seminar and Peace tournament at the OYDC in Lusaka.
The ZJA, in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, has embarked on an IJF Judo for Peace programme aimed at introducing the sport in refugee camps at Mayukwayukwa and Maheba.
And Foloko said IJF refereeing director, Juan Carlos Barcos, was expected in the country to conduct referees’ examinations to be held from December 12 to 16.
The event has been co-sponsored by the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympics Committee and Confederation of Sports.