The technical director of Nigeria Judo Federation (NJF), Ewa Ekuta has disclosed that the body will on Friday begin trials for athletes that will represent the country at this year’s Africa Games in Morocco.
Ekuta said the national trials will hold from Friday to Sunday, 9th June in the sports hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
He further disclosed that competitors with the first to six positions at the National Sports Festival in their respective weight were invited for the trials, which he added will be staged in a round robin format.
The judo buff, who is also a former African champion, added that those with the highest number of wins among competitors at the trials in Lagos would be declared winners and shortlisted for Morocco 2019.
While also pointing out that the trials will be conducted under the rules and regulation of International Judo Federation, Ekuta said they do not have space for any judoka crossing from one weight to another.
Ekuta expatiated, saying: “The trial is to select national champions that will represent Nigeria in the forthcoming All Africa Games in Morocco.
“No matter how much points a judoka have, it shall not supersede the number of wins in a particular category.
“Points are measured according to your weight class and position obtained in any championship approved by the NJF
“Moving from a weight category to another exposes you to the loose of points in the NRL.
“Those selected will also serve as a standing team to any international event.”