The inaugural edition of the Nyesom Wike National Open Judo Championship kicks off at the Civic Center, Port Harcourt, Rivers State from 18th to 22nd May, 2018 with bouts in the senior, junior and cadet categories for males and females.
The championship in collaboration with the Nigeria Judo Federation (NJF) will serve as the selection basis for our athletes that will represent the federation both at the local and international championships in 2018/2019.
According to the Technical Director, Nigeria Judo Federation, Ewa Ekuta, qualification and participation of our athletes in all the international meets this year is the major target.
“We have before us the Algiers 2018 African Youth Games, 2018 Youth Olympics Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, All Africa Games in Morocco 2019 and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and we want our athletes to make the nation proud not by competing alone but winning medals as an appreciation to the Rivers State Governor for the support given to the athletes, Ekuta concluded.
President, Nigeria Judo Federation (NJF), Timothy Nsirim said every arrangement has been concluded to host the nation in Port Harcourt as we are looking forward to hosting a hitch free event where new champions will be discovered.