By Lance Wicks

In this post we shall be exploring the subject of when, why and how a child becomes a specialist in a single sport. We shall discuss some of the reasons it happens, how it happens and the implications that you as a parent need to consider.
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Choosing one sport.

Almost every child involved in sport will at some stage (especially if they show themselves a talented player) will be asked or will choose to pursue one sport over others they may play. Sometimes it will be a natural choice made entirely by your child and the way they develop. Often however, it is imposed by circumstances or by pressure from outside influences like the coaches of the sports.

Why one sport? Why many sports?

Choosing to practise one sport is a sensible decision, there is an old saying “Jack of all trades, master of none”. By focussing on a single sport, your child will spend more time developing the skills and athletic abilities required for that sport. So rather than being good at several sports, the idea is that your child will become excellent at one sport. Your child may also be great at one sport they play and below average at the others they play. So choosing the one sport they are good at makes sense again. Equally (or even more so) they may enjoy one sport more than the others and want to spend more time enjoying themselves at this sport.

The otherside of the coin is that by playing a variety of sports your child develops a broader range of physical skills and ability. If they run and swim and play a ball sport and do Judo (of course); then they develop a wider range of abilities than if they only ran.

Is specialisation bad?

Specialisation in a single sport is not inherently bad, there are some substantial positives to doing it. We all do it, there are not many of us that have multiple jobs or on the sporting side played multiple sports to high levels. So choosing one sport may well be the first step towards your child becoming and elite athlete.

The opposite view of this is that if your child focuses purely on sprinting from young age and stops swimming, doing gymnastics and of course Judo; then as an adult they may not be a strong swimmer or be able to play the odd game of tennis with friends.

Of course there is also the benefits of “cross-training” in children to consider if elirte sport is the objective. Doing Ballet will develop flexibility and strength that will help an older Judo player. Swimming and Running develop the aerobic system, which will help any sport. A Judo player who is an accomplished swimmer or runner will have an advantage when it comes to supplementary fitness training over the Judo athlete with poor swimming or running skills.

A gymnastic background will help a Judo athlete; equally a Judo background will help the swimmer, runner and gymnast.

When should my child choose one sport over another?

This is the hard part of this discussion and requires knowledge of two factors (at least). It also requires thought on what you want for your child and what they want to be/do.

The first factor to consider is the age at which athletes in a sport reach their peak. We have all seen the very young gymnasts at the Olympics and the much older footballers, rugby players and Judoka. Each sport has a different age range at which the athletes seem to peak. In Judo we can say that players peak at around 25 years of age (based on figures from 2009 World Cup events). If we use the now commonly figure of 10 years development to reach your peak, then the average Judo player needs to be specialising in Judo at around 15 years of age. We also need to consider the physical development of each child, for example if your child is a late physical developer, then specialisation in a single sport could be done later in life than the early physical developer. Equally, emotional maturity needs to be considered.

The second factor that affects when a child specialises in a single sport is the business of sport and the talent model employed by many sports.

By this we mean that most sports (at least in western countries like here in the U.K.) use the pyramid model for talent. This model works on the idea that if 1 in a hundred children doing a sport are going to become elite athletes then by increasing the participation base (base of the pyramid), then more elite players will rise to the top of the pyramid. So if a sport has 1000 kids doing the sport they might get 10 elite players where as if they have 10,000 kids doing the sport they believe they may get 100 elite players over time.

Also, Judo like many sports, relies on the large childrens participation to survive financially as well as competitively. Each childs membership fee helps pay for the elite programme and each child in the sport is another potential elite athlete.

Lastly, there is the competition between sports for talent. If your child is athletically gifted I want them in my Judo class, as does the swimming coach, the gymnastics coach and the tennis coach.

Gymnastics here in the UK is probably the best example of how the business of sport affects specialisation. Children can start in gymnastics from the age they can crawl. So by the time Judo clubs were ready to accept my children, they had already been doing Judo for a number of years. We as parents had invested many hours and money in gymnastics. Gymnastics was already part of my kids lives and they had friends in the club. This continues as they get older and moving to another sport becomes harder and harder.

Gymnastics trumps Judo, because by the time the British Judo Association starts to be interested in your child, your child has been courted or engaged by British Gymnastics for a number of years! When it comes to specialisation, the same thing happens; gymnastic clubs start trying to get kids doing more and more gymnastics well before Judo clubs, so by the time Judo wants your child to “take it a bit serious” they may well have already been lost to swimming, gymnastics, tennis or other sports.

This business model affects when clubs start asking parents to choose one sport over another. These pressures or norms for each sport may mean that your child is being asked to specialise not so much to match their development as an individual or even for performance in the sport but because it feeds the sport as a business. I do not intend to paint this as a negative picture; personally I think gymnastics here in the UK have the right idea. They have classes for all ages and abilities and the good clubs provide excellent facilities and coaching and develop your childs potential well; be that towards a Olympic medal or just being a physically capable adult.

So how do I decide when my child should choose a single sport?

I hope that the text above has given you an understanding of the reasons your child should specialise in a single sport and that it has also given you insight into the other factors that will affect when clubs start asking/expecting your child to do more.

My personal view is that the mid to late teenage years is about the right time for a child to start specialising in a single sport. Up to that stage the benefits of cross training are very valuable and on the whole specialism gives to little to make it worth doing. 12-18 years would be the age range where I would want to see a child start moving from multiple sports for fun to multiple sports with more of a developmental focus, then moving in the older end of that age range to choosing a sport to focus on and become an athlete of that sport.

I do see it as a 6 year process, which goes from multiple sports to a single sport. If you 10 year old is only doing one sport (or two) then perhaps you might involve them in more sport. Especially if the sports are not broad in scope. So for example if your child plays football and cricket (two ball sports played in teams), you might involve them in individual sports that do not involve balls. Your child may find they prefer individual sports. Even if in the long run they return to football (for example) the physical development and skills they learn from the other sports will make them a more rounded football athlete when they do eventually choose to be a footballer.

I hope this article has given you some food for thought as a parent (or coach or player), being narrowly focussed is the path to high performance in any area (including sport). The timing and the reasons for making the decision to focus on one sport need to be made with an understanding of the various factors involved; and as always with a view to what is best for your child in the long-term.

Please do comment on this article if you found it interesting or email Lance at lw@judocoach.com

Lance Wicks.

Team or Individual Sports?

11 Reasons Why Martial Arts are Better for your Kids than Team Sports

by Yonah Wolf

As a college student I took up Judo. After four years of bi-weekly practice, I was in love with it for life. Recently I have started practicing Judo again after a 6-year hiatus. It was just like riding a bicycle – a lot of the moves just came flowing back to me and were simply fluid, as if I never left Judo at all. Along with the techniques, a lot of the life lessons that I took out of it came flowing back too. Martial Arts training – regardless of whether it’s Karate, Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Krav Maga, et al,. – is a great activity for kids, – much more so than team sports such as Basketball, Baseball, Soccer and Hockey. If you are contemplating signing up your child for some organized sports activity, here are some reasons why Junior will be a lot better off studying Judo or Jiu-Jitsu than playing in a Basketball league:

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1. Self-Defense:

The number one reason why most people take up a martial art is for self-defense, and pretty much any style is a great way to learn how to defend oneself. Not only will the martial arts teach you the techniques to defend yourself, but also the way to think about defending yourself. They also help you build up the reflexes you need if you’re ever in a pickle, and give you the confidence to fight back – which leads me to my next topic…

2. Self-Confidence:

As children become more proficient in their selected style of martial arts, their confidence gets a big-boost. They become more self-assured and confident. Their Sensei’s (Teacher’s) encouragement goes a long way to help them achieve this goal, but the confidence level will extend far beyond the Dojo (Martial Arts Studio).

3. Belts and Ranking:

I know that this might seem like a stupid reason at first, but you’d be surprised how much belts and ranking help build your child’s confidence and their desire to succeed. For the uninitiated, most Martial Arts styles use a system of Colored belts to indicate the knowledge and skill levels of their practitioners. In many cases the first belt promotion can be attained in as little as a few weeks and when children obtain that first belt, it shows them that with the right motivation, they can succeed. One belt is always not enough, once a child passes one belt test he or she is already thinking about the next one. Belts are a great way to help children track their progress and motivate them to strive higher.

4. Discipline:

The mantra of any martial art is ‘practice makes perfect’ There is constant repetition in drills and practices with emphasis on details and rhythm. Kicking and punching are practiced ad nauseam; throws are repeated over and over. Even while sparring or competing – where a martial artist shows how creatively he or she can apply their well-honed skills – there are still rules and protocols to be followed. All of this teaches children to respect one another, their opponents and colleagues, and how to play games fair and square – lessons that follow them in their non-Martial Arts lives. It also teaches them the benefits of frequent practice, and the patience to get there (Remember the Karate Kid and Wax On/Wax Off?!).

5. Emphasis on Individual Achievement:

In basketball there are only five starters, yet there are seldom only five people on a team – which means that someone has to start each game on the bench. This applies for most team sports as well. In team sports there are also positions, and each has connotations. Although teamwork and sportsmanship are emphasized in team sports, at some point you’ll need to explain to your child why they aren’t a starter or why their stuck in right field batting 9th instead of playing first base and batting cleanup. In the martial arts, however, each child’s success is based on his or her own individual merits. Yes, your kid may not be the most winning Judoka in his Judo class, but that will be because he tried and lost, and not because he wasn’t good enough to make it off the bench. Your child will also not be stuck on a ‘bad team’ as her own ambition will help her achieve success. Knowing that their own ambition and abilities will drive them to succeed, will lessen the chances that your child will say to you ‘I hate this sport’. Since each child has an opportunity to play, there is also no scapegoat to blame if they don’t win, and the opportunity to do better at the next tournament.

6. Gender Equity:

I am sure that while many of you would consider martial arts for their sons, not nearly as many would consider it for their daughters. However the martial arts are one of the few sports where both boys and girls can play together. There are also tremendous international opportunities in Women’s martial arts as well. Your daughter’s red belt will not be any easier for her to attain than your son’s red belt will be for him. It also gives brothers and sisters an opportunity to practice together and learn from one another as well (not to mention the convenience of having all of your kids in one place at a time). My college Judo coach, Sensei Maureen Braziel, competed for the US on an international level, and she is a great coach and an excellent Judo practitioner, in addition, one of Israel’s few Olympic Medals, a Silver Medal, came from Yael Arad in the women’s Judo competition in 1992 in Barcelona. Maybe your daughter will become an Olympic Judoka too some day?

7. Exercise:

The typical 2-hour martial arts class will often be comprised of warm-up calisthenics, teaching and practicing of moves and possibly some sparring. The warm up and practice comprise the bulk of the time, and for that time your child will be constantly on the go – stretching, crunches, punches and kicks. The workout each child gets will not only assist in the natural development of his or her muscles, but also help them build stronger Cardio-Vascular systems. Even in the most active of team sports such as Basketball, Hockey, or Soccer, children don’t get that much of a workout simply because they generally don’t play the whole game and even if they do, there are still breaks in the action.

8. Respect for Strength:

The first thing the parents of (even slightly) mischievous children think about when they send their kids to martial arts class is: “Is my kid going to use this to hurt others?” Although this is a legitimate concern, it is always addressed early by instructors who remind students that the techniques they learn in the dojo stay in the dojo (except in self-defense), and shouldn’t be used to bully people (unless your Sensei is John Kreese from The Karate Kid). As children learn the ropes, they will learn to respect their newfound strength and techniques. They will also gain a disdain for bullying as well.

9. Competition:

Just like in team sports, Judo is all about competition. Competition is great for kids to test their skills and show their progress. Unlike team sports, the loser can’t really blame anyone beyond his or herself. But then this gives them a sense of respect for their opponent, as well as motivation to do better the next time. Unlike team sports, which treat each game as a leg in the entire season, each tournament is a fresh start, and it is seldom that you get only one match (even in the Olympics where there is a single-elimination for the Gold and Silver medals, there is a second-chance round for those who have lost their first matches for them to be able to win a Bronze).

10. You can do it with them:

Many martial arts schools offer classes for both adults and children. While most do not run those classes simultaneously, they are usually one right after the other. This means that you can watch your children workout, and then they can watch you. If you have the proper space for it, you can practice with each other at home, and learn from one another. This will give you a special activity to use as a bonding tool with your kids. You can also become physically fit together. Granted, you can play Basketball in your driveway and have a catch in the backyard, but it is just not the same as working on your kids’ roundhouse kicks in a group.

11. The Never-Ending Season:

Many team sports, especially those primarily played outdoors, or in specific weather (think Skiing, Hockey) are seasonal. The Martial Arts are a year-round affair. As I mentioned above, a bad tournament only puts you out until the next tournament, and your exercise routine remains constant the entire year. Having this consistency also helps build upon discipline, and allows children to progress very quickly.

…and 4 more reasons that they should specifically learn Judo

Since I am, after all, a Judoka, I would be remiss if I didn’t provide some additional reasons why your child will benefit specifically from Judo more so than any other Martial Art:

12. They will exercise their minds too.

While all martial arts teach you to fighting strategies, Judo really teaches much more. While learning Kuzushi (the art of breaking your opponents’ balance) and throwing techniques, they learn Mechanical Physics. Combination techniques and follow-ups teach them improvisation, and finally, they learn a lot of Japanese too (I’ve already taught my two-year old how to count to ten in Japanese). In most other forms of Martial Art, the language is limited to the words: Sensei (teacher) Hajime (Start) and Matte (Stop).

13. Judo isn’t about brute force, it is about control:

Kano Sensei (Dr. Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo), in his teachings, emphasized the concept of maximum efficiency. This is evident, as the crux of many Judo techniques is not necessarily brute force, but using your opponents’ movements and strength against him or her. While physical strength and size are important, mental strength is probably the most vital factor in competition.

14. Your child will be well coordinated (and we’re not talking about Fashion)

When you’re using your opponents’ moves against him or her, timing is everything. Many of the throws in Judo will simply not work if you don’t time them correctly. Feet, hands, hips and head all need to move in fluid and exact timed motions to properly execute a throw (which is why an Ippon – or full point – is so hard to achieve in competition). As your child practices he or she will learn more complex throws and, in turn, will demonstrate better reflexes and coordination as a result.

15. Judo is Universal

If a Karate practitioner travels to another city he or she might have a hard time finding a dojo to work out in that has the exact same style and philosophy as their home dojo. Not so for Judoka – because the techniques and principles are practically universal. A New Yorker can go to California for a week, and still find a place to play. There are over a hundred member countries in the International Judo Federation, and at the Olympics, the competing Judoka came from places as diverse as Cuba, Israel, and Kazakhstan as well as from the expected countries like Japan, USA, Russia and the France. Although the styles of teaching and ranking and promotion standards vary slightly from country to country – Judo is Judo is Judo. Which helps your child stick with it, even into adulthood, as it will never be hard to find a dojo to train in, and the material will always be the same even if the location is not.

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Hopefully I’ve piqued your interest to the point where you are thinking where to start investigating the Martial Arts for your child. Martial Arts classes are given at many community centers, and schools are also listed in the phone book. However my advice is that you go online for suggestions on dojos and instructors as well as answers to any questions you might have.

If you are skeptical about making a commitment to a Martial Art for your child, you should definitely talk to the Sensei of the school you are interested in sending them too. Many schools will offer trial options, especially for younger kids, so you don’t need to make a huge financial commitment up front if you feel that it isn’t for your child.

In conclusion, Martial Arts are a wonderful alternative to team sports that will provide your child with not only an excellent physical workout, but also act as a vehicle to provide them with a mental and emotional workout as well.

 

Yonah Wolf has been practicing Judo on and off for the last decade, and has recently returned to the sport after a long hiatus. He currently holds the grade of Sankyu (the lowest grade of Brown Belt) and hopes to get his Black Belt before his two toddlers are old enough to play. The original version of this article appeared on judoinfo.com.

Referees and Coaches attending the IJF Seminar

Referees and Coaches attending the IJF Seminar

Following the announcement of the adaptation of the refereeing and organizational rules that was made last December, just after the Tokyo Grand Slam, the 2nd out of four IJF refereeing seminar was held in Marrakech, Morocco from 19-20 January 2013.  Two members from Botswana Judo attended the new rules Seminar, Mr Motlamorago SEGOKOTO, Coach and Mr Japeta LETSHOLO,Referee.

The Botswana delegates commented that ‘The IJF has realised the paramount importance of uplifting and making Judo more appealing and more safer sport by getting rid of some technics e.g., all leg gripping technics and breaking of the a grip with both hands to mention but a few, without compromising the basic principles of the Judo Sport which are breaking balance and throwing opponent. This should be taken in to practice by all Federations with immediate effect.”

This is the second Refereeing and Coaching seminar held by the International Judo Federation the first one being in Malaga, Spain.  In the presence of Mr. Juan Carlos Barcos, IJF Head Refereeing Director, Mr. Mohamed Meridja, IJF Education and Coaching Director and Mr. Nasser Al Tamimi, IJF General Treasurer, the representatives from 26 African countries continued the work that was initiated in Malaga a few days prior to the African seminar. One delegate from Qatar and one from Saudi Arabia were also present.

All the aspects of the new refereeing and organizational rules were presented and, the atmosphere was excellent and the discussions between the coaches and the referees very interesting and respectful. All the participants underlined that the whole event was perfectly organized. At the end of the seminar, Mr. Meridja declared: “The seminar was held and run in very good conditions. Good information circulation flow was operated prior and during the seminar. The participants were eager to get acquainted with the new refereeing and competition rules.”

For the second year in a row, the IJF is organizing and promoting World Judo Day, which is a full day dedicated to the values of our sport all over the globe. I know that many of you across the planet will prepare a special event to celebrate the educational dimension of Judo. Actually, you are all working on a daily basis to promote the extraordinary values of judo. I am very proud, and we can all be very proud of that. Thanks to all of you.

The International Judo Federation, in its missions, has the duty to develop judo in all sectors, without any kind of distinction and/or discrimination. When Master Jigoro Kano created judo in 1882, he wanted to create a means of education and he did it. This is the foundation of our discipline.

Judo has fundamental values that grow naturally in the dojo and on the mat, particularly through the various exercises that all of us have learned in our clubs. These values must find a favorable echo in everyday life and beyond that, in our society.

Last year’s first edition was a fantastic success. Thanks to all of you and to your inventiveness, we were able to organize brilliant activities on all five continents. The theme of the first edition of the World Judo Day was ‘RESPECT’. In 2012, we have chosen “JUDO FOR ALL” as the main theme. Wherever one comes from, whatever the social situation, the gender, the physical or mental capacities may be, everybody steps on the mat with equal chances and without any differences. This is symbolized by the white judogi that we all wear during our judo clinics and that help our partners to practice good judo.

This year, we would like to see around the world, on the same tatami and at the same time, all categories training together: men and women, youngsters and adults, white and black belts. We would also like to see mentally and physically challenged judoka together with all the other judo players, champions with kids…: JUDO FOR ALL.

October 28, the birthday of Jigoro Kano, is an annual day of awareness about judo and its values. This day is for all judoka. I hope that all practitioners, clubs, national federations and Continental Unions will rally to highlight the greatness of judo.

With all my friendship and respect for the work undertaken on a daily basis in all the dojos around the world.

Marius L. Vizer,
IJF President

The African Judo Union Cadet and Juniors championships for 2012 are over but by no means out of the minds of many.  For a small federation with limited resources, Botswana Judo did a magnificent job in hosting the championships.  It needs to be mentioned that the championships would not have been the success they were, if not for all the dedicated and passionate volunteers, that gave up their time to be part of this amazing event.  Denis Penn once said ” Volunteers, a precious resource we can not afford to lose.”

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BJF Volunteers, AJU Directing Committee and IJF Staff

On behalf of the executive of  Botswana Judo, we would like to extend our hearty gratitude and appreciation to each and every volunteer who helped make this event successful, you were the heartbeat of the organisation.

African Judo commends IJF Staff

Posted: October 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

During the closing ceremony of the AJU Cadet and Junior Championships, the President, Int. General Lassana Palenfo awarded the staff of the International Judo Federation with AJU medals.  These medals are awarded to members who render an outstanding service to the African Judo Union.  Genl Palenfo commented “The staff of the IJF bring the necessary professionalism to African Championships that is needed for us to grow and develop as a Continental Union.

Sheldon Franco-Rooks, Elisabetta Fratini, Int General Lassana Palenfo, Zias Maafi

Sheldon Franco-Rooks, Elisabetta Fratini, Int General Lassana Palenfo, Ziad Maafi

Recipients of the medals are, Elisabetta Fratini (Italy), Sheldon Franco-Rooks (United Kingdom) and Ziad Maafi (Algeria).  Botswana Judo also handed over a token of appreciation to these members.

Sheldon Franco-Rooks, Estony Hattingh (President Botswana Judo), Elisabetta Fratini and Ziad Maafi.

Sheldon Franco-Rooks, Estony Hattingh (President Botswana Judo), Elisabetta Fratini and Ziad Maafi.

President of the BJF, Estony Hattingh stated,  “It is truly a pleasure and honour to have the IJF team at our competition, not only did they assist us in running the tournamnent, the shared their knowledge and expertise with members of the Fedetration, this knowledge cannot be bought, it comes with many years of experience and dedication, who better to learn from.  We would like to thank the President of the International Judo Federation for assiting us with these estemeed members.”

Sheldon Franco-Rooks sharing his knowledge with a BJF Volunteer.

Sheldon Franco-Rooks sharing his knowledge with a BJF Volunteer.

Team Botswana scooped the bronze medal in the Cadet section of the African Judo Union Championships.   Edwin Sello, Lesego Modisa, Thato Lebang, Thabile Manenye and Montle Tlagae managed to win the country its second medal in the team section of the Judo Championships.

Team Botswana Bronze Medal Winners

Despite the outcome, Botswana coach Gilberto Portuondo Fiel said he was impressed with his team’s performance. He said they fared well for a team making its debut at such a competition. Portuondo Fiel said that his players suffered stage fright. “But with more of such competitions, I am pretty sure they will improve,” he said. Portuondo Fiel observed that technically his team matched their opponents but were physically weak.

The competition, which attracted 13 countries, was hailed as a success. Africa Judo Union (AJU) president Lassana Palenfo thanked the Botswana government for giving them the green light to host the competition.

He also praised Botswana Judo Federation (BJF) for putting up a successful event. Libya will host next year’s edition.

AJU Opening Ceremony

Posted: October 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

At 16:00 on the 4th October 2012 the long anticipated opening ceremony of the 1st Cadet and 12th Junior African Judo Championships took place.  The President of the African Judo Union, praised Botswana Judo for a well organised and profesionally presented event.

13 Countries participated in the opening ceremony, Algeria , Angola, Botswana, Chad, Gabon, Libya ,Madagascar, Morocco ,Mozambique, Mauritius Island, South Africa , Tunisia, and Zimbabwe.

The Marimba Band from Baobab Primary School did a splendid job in entertaining the crowd, with their music.

Baobab Primary School Marimba Band

The Director of Sports and Recreation, Mr. Falcon Sedimo said “Judo also has a significant part to play in nation building by encouraging life-long participation in physical activity and a healthy lifestyle for all. To develop a judo culture in Botswana, we must go beyond the competitors to reach the common people in the streets and villages. Our schools provide an excellent opportunity for us to encourage our young people to adopt a healthy and active outlook to life. And we hope that our students do not stop exercising and engaging in judo and sport when they leave school. ”

The President of the Botswana Judo Federation, Estony Hattingh conveyed a special message to the participants of the championships “Dear Athletes, I wish you would fully exercise, what you have practiced and compete with a sense of fair play and sportsmanship.   You have spent many hours preparing for this competition; I wish you the best of luck. Even if you do not go home with a medal, remember by being here you are already a winner.  In addition, I hope that you would be able to fully appreciate the splendour of Botswana, build friendships with your judo friends and make precious memories despite your short stay.”

To end of the speeches the Kgaleview Primary School traditional Dance Group, wowed the crowd with some traditional Botswana Dancing.

Kgaleview CJSS Traditional Dance Group

African Championships underway

Posted: October 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

Chairperson of the BNSC and African Judo Union President

Botswana Judo Federation president, Estony Hattingh told a press conference on Wednesday that they are delighted to host such a big tournament.

She said Botswana has seen a growth in Judo and that they are excited to see increased participation at international events.  Hattingh noted that when they started participating in international judo competitions they had only one competitor, but that today they have a team of 12 who will be taking part in the championships.
The chairperson of Botswana National Sport Council, Solly Reikeletseng commended the federation for hosting the tournament, noting that it is expensive to host an international tournament.  However, he said the local judo federation stands to gain from hosting the tournament as they will learn how to run big events.  Reikeletseng said the tournament is an investment as more officials and referees will be produced due to their involvement in the championship.  He said the sports councils strategy is to build teams for the future.

The president of African Judo Union, Lassana Palenfo congratulated Botswana for hosting the tournament.  He said many countries are unable to host such tournaments because they cost a lot of money. The championships are scheduled to run from 4-7 October.

The Venue for AJU Championships

Posted: October 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

Gaborone International Convention Centre turned into an amazing Judo venue for the 4 days of our African Championships.  Thank you to all the staff and management ofthe GICC, you guys have been amazing.

Gaborone International Convention Centre, hosts 2012 African Judo Cadet and Junior Championships