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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Dar gears up for judo show

9th May 2012

The first judo championship for the opening season is expected to be staged in Dar es Salaam for two days from May 26.

Over hundred judokas from all over the country including 23 Zanzibaris are gearing up for the lucrative tourney to be held at the Landmark Hotel in Ubungo.

Judokas Association of Tanzania is the organiser of the event that has been boosted by Gemini mining firm I terms of sponsorship.

Russian citizen who is based in the country Yulih Taverdjan is behind the sponsorship of the tournament.

There will be seven categories for the championship that has included men, women and children.

Three top placed winners in each category would be prized with hard cash at the end of the event. The first will scoop $600, runners-up $300 and third placed finisher has a consolation prize of $100.

The Gemini mining firm has prepared some trophies beside the cash prizes for the tournament winners. Taverdjan said the event has secured a full backing from the judokas association.

He said the motive behind the sponsorship is based on his in-depth interest of the game which he used to play for more than 15 years.

Taverdjan said it is of his interest to see Tanzanians play judo and his personal devotion of the game has driven him to dig deep into his resources and raise the sponsorship package.

This is the first judo tournament in the country that involves prize money to the winners aimed at improving ad promoting the game.

The Russian said should this month’s tournament go ahead as planned and attain successful outcome, he will also be available to back the East African championship set to be held later this year in Dar es Salaam.

Judokas have been urged to turn up in big numbers and compete in the tourney, a special of its kind.

Taverdjan also said he is more interested to be involved in the judo promotion as long as he is in the country. Judo is one of the minority sports in Tanzania and lacks infrastructure for its development.

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