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Former Judo star criticizes administration

22 June 2015, 18:32

Lagos - All Africa Games gold medalist Catherine Ekuta-Ewa believes Nigeria could once again become a powerhouse in the sport of judo.

Ekuta-Ewa represented Nigeria at the 2005 Olympic Games in Athens, but failed to perform as expect; losing her first match.

She told Punchng.com that more competitions need to be held in order for Nigerian judokas to excel at international level once again.

Also read: Abuja to host Judo U-17 tourney

“At present, judo is sleeping in Nigeria. For the past two or three years, nothing has been happening in judo,” she said.

“No matter the effort put into the sport by individuals, it doesn’t yield positive results because there are no avenues for young judokas to compete.

“But with time, I believe things will change for the better if the right things are done. There is a very big difference between the way judo was run in our days and the way it is being run now.

“In our days, there were sponsors for the sport and many local competitions, which helped to bring out the best in us.”

The Nigerian Judo Federation (NJF) announced last week that trials for the All Africa Games team will take place at the Civil Defence Academy in Abuja from July 2 to 5. The All Africa Games take place in Brazzaville, Congo in September.

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