The Nigeria Judo Federation (NJF) has announced its readiness to hold an open female judo championship in Abuja.
The championship, scheduled to hold from November 20-23 at the Package B ground of the Abuja National Stadium, would be used to groom budding female talents in judo across the country, organisers revealed.
While speaking on preparation for the open championship, a Board member of the NJF, Mrs. Gom Dooter Grace, who is also an international judo referee, said that the initiative is part of championing the cause of women in sports as well as an avenue to create employment for the girl child and make her self-reliant.
According to Grace, women have actually proven their mettle in the Nigerian sports industry and needed to be sustained.
“I think that this idea will boost the chances of women participation Female Judokas Set To Tango At Abuja Tourney in sports and also increase Nigeria’s medal chances during international competitions,” she said.
“You will agree with me that women have performed creditably well (in sports) than men historically. So they need to be given good chances to key into the industry.”
The judo federation official noted that the championship, which will feature only women, would also be used in filling the gap for retiring athletes, stressing that the NJF desires to see Nigerian judokas feature in the Olympics and Commonwealth games and other international championships.
Meanwhile, the Secretary of the NJF, Mr. Amaechi Akawu, jas praised the female judo grassroots open efforts, while noting that the Federation had longed for similar competitions among budding talents to ensure steady discovery of talents for the replacement of aging ones.
According to Akawu, “this open championship has come at a time that the NJF is putting up measures to strengthen the federation.”
– Oladipo Okubanjo