Zanzibar to host East Africa Judo Championships

12Jan 2021
Joseph Mchekadona
Zanzibar
The Guardian
Zanzibar to host East Africa Judo Championships

ZANZIBAR is set to host this year's East and Central Africa Judo Championships in March. Mohammed Juma, Zanzibar Judo Association's chairman, said the showpiece will involve all teams from the region.

Judo players participate in a recent National Championships which took place in Zanzibar.

He said the championships will take place from March 6-7 and teams are expected to start arriving in Zanzibar two days before the event's official opening.

Juma said on March 5, there will be an administration and technical meeting for all competing nations.

''We will have the East and Central Africa Judo Championships in March here in Zanzibar, all preparations for it are going on well,'' he said.

He said they expect to get financial support from the Isles government.

''We will meet the government soon so that they financially support us, but we will also seek support from the cooparate world,'' he said.

Zanzibar are the East and Central Africa Judo Championships' defending champions.

Juma disclosed that a team of 20 judo players from the Isles will enter camp end of this month to prepare for the event.

Judo, which means 'gentle way' in Japanese, is a martial art created in Japan by Jigoro Kano in 1882.

It was derived from the ancient techniques of jiu-jitsu. Men's judo debuted in the Olympics in 1964, and women's judo followed in 1992.

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