THE Zimbabwe Judo Federation has received equipment from the International Judo federation to help in the development of the sport in the country.
The Zimbabwe Judo federation received 10 tatamis (mats) and 500 judo gear known as Ji from the International Federation.
The equipment will be disturbed to each of the country’s 10 provinces with aim of creating a centre of excellence in each province.
“As we look at rebuilding the sport, we target schools for the development and we are happy the new curriculum also recognise judo as part of the co-curriculum,” said Smart Deke, Zimbabwe Judo Association President.
Creating centres of excellence is in line with the government’s devolution programme.
“What the association has done is in line with the country’s development agenda, NDS1 as they are taking the sport across the country and giving Zimbabweans equal opportunities to contribute to the country’s growth through sport,” said Sebastian Garikai, Acting Director-General, Sports and Recreation Commission.
The equipment was brought into the country duty-free as the government pushes for professionalism in sport.
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