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Judo Association of Zimbabwe takes sport to schools

Story by Tamuka Charakupa

THE Judo Association of Zimbabwe is introducing the sport code in schools as part of efforts to identify and nature talent.

A sport code of Japanese origin, Judo is earmarked for growth in the country with Judo Association of Zimbabwe president, Smart Deke revealing that it is being introduced in schools across the country.

Deke was speaking at Tongogara Refugee Camp in Chipinge, where Judo has emerged as one of the favourite sports codes among youths.

“The Judo Association of Zimbabwe has donated 50 Judo mates and 40 Judo suits to Tongogara Refugee Settlement under the Judo in Schools programme. We want the Tongogara Settlement to become the centre hub of Judo in Chipinge and we are running the Judo in Schools programme countrywide,” he said.

Officials and athletes at Tongogara Refugee Camp are equally excited about the new development.

Sporting president of Tongogara Refugee Camp, Mr Ngongo Kilengu said, “We have so many activities happening in the settlement which are keeping our children entertained. After school, they come and practice Judo.”

Secretary of Tongogara Judo Club Abde Kabulo said, “Last year, we participated in the Japanese Ambassador Judo tournament and scooped 13 medals. The game is gaining popularity especially after we received mats and suits from the Judo Association of Zimbabwe.”

“Judo teaches us discipline and is good for our physical health,” one of the youths said.

Meanwhile, several sporting and recreational activities have been introduced at the refugee camp which boasts of ZIFA Eastern Region Division 2 league side Tongogara Football Club.

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