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2015 Japanese Ambassador’s National Judo Tournament and Awarding Ceremony of the Foreign Minister's Commendations for FY 2015



On 7th November, the Embassy of Japan in Zambia hosted the Japanese Ambassador’s National Judo Tournament in association with the Zambia Judo Association, at the Olympic Youth Development Center (OYDC). The event brought together some 200 Judokas from 6 clubs around the country, demonstrating their highly skilled abilities.


H.E. Mr. Kiyoshi Koinuma, Ambassador of Japan to Zambia delivered a speech at the event, and awarded trophies to excelling clubs and Judokas. The awards are significant for participants because winners are considered for selection to the national team.




On the same day, the Embassy of Japan also held an awarding ceremony of the Foreign Minister's Commendations for FY 2015 at the reception for the tournament. The ceremony took place at the Ambassador’s residence. The Foreign Minister's Commendations are awarded to individuals and groups with outstanding achievements in international fields, to acknowledge their contributions to the promotion of friendship between Japan and other countries and areas. This year, Fr. Jude, Vice President of Zambia Judo Association has received this award in recognition of his service in promoting Japanese traditional martial arts, Judo in Zambia and his contribution to promoting friendly relations between Japan and Zambia. He was presented with an award certificate by H.E. Mr. Kiyoshi Koinuma. In response, Fr. Jude expressed his gratitude for the commendation and Japanese government supports extended to Zambia Judo, adding that he would like to continue to work towards Judo development and further strengthening of cordial relations between both countries. This is the first time the Foreign Minister’s Commendation has been won in Zambia.



Judo has gained more popularity in Zambia, and it is hoped that Judo in Zambia will be even further developed, paving the way for Zambian Judokas who would bring excitement to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.


To read speech by H.E. Mr. Koinuma, please click here.


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