2017 Japanese Ambassador’s Judo Tournament
On 9th September 2017, the Embassy of Japan in Zambia co-hosted the 29th Japanese Ambassador’s Judo Tournament with the Zambia Judo Association at the Olympic Youth Development Center (OYDC). About 200 male and female Judokas participated in their respective tournaments by age individually for 8 championships, and gender and age mixed teams competed for the group championships, demonstrating the achievements of their practices.
The Honourable Moses Mawere, Minister of Youth and Sport, Mr. Hidenobu Sobashima, Ambassador of Japan to Zambia, and Mr. Mabuto Ng’uni, General Scretary of the Zambia Judo Association, addressed the gathering before the finals. The winners received their awards. The results in this tournament are so significant as may affect the selection for the national team.
Young Japanese boys and girls took part in the tournament this year too, cheered by the spectators creating an opportunity for friendly sport exchange between Zambia and Japan. Judo is becoming more and more popular in Zambia. It is hoped that the yearly Japanese Ambassador’s Judo Tournament will help further development of Judo in Zambia, and Zambian Judokas participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will compete for medals and achieve good results, as well.
To read speech by Ambassador Sobashima, please click here