IJF to lobby for judo in schools

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THE International Judo Federation (IJF) will, on behalf of the Zambia Judo Association (ZJA), lobby the Zambian Government through the Ministry of Education to introduce the sport in schools.
ZJA president Alfred Foloko disclosed the development in an interview saying the move was aimed at strengthening the sport at the grassroots.
Foloko said the federation was targeting primary schools across the country and that it will enroll children as young as four years old.
“The ZJA through the IJF will engage the Ministry of Education in a bid to introduce judo in schools. The sport has received overwhelming response from the children and we hope to ensure it spreads to their schools,” he said.
Foloko said both the IJF and ZJA felt that schools were strong grounds for the development of sports because it was easier to impart knowledge in kids for them to grow up understanding the sport better.
The ZJA last weekend launched a judo club at Saint Clements Primary School in Mazabuka in a bid to spread the sport across the country.
And Foloko said the launch of judo in Mazabuka last week will be followed by similar programmes in Livingstone, Mkushi, Serenje and Kitwe, which is expected to take place next month.