Martial Art of 2014-04-24

Ghana Judo promise medals at C'wealth Games

The Ghana Judo Association (GJA) had been working round the clock to participate in the up coming 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland and put up a remarkable performance that would be remembered. Although Judo had been dropped sometimes in previuos competitions, the President of the Association says this time they are going to bring home medals. Emmanuel Tetteh, President of the GJA said their main challenge is funding, especially when it comes to international travel, but this time they have been favoured and they are going to put up their very best. “We do not have a huge financial backbone, so most of the time our judokas help themselves by trying to land in Europe or Asia with their own funds and when they excel outside, they find it difficult to come back home. We have very good judokas like Emmanuel Nartey, but they are competing outside to earn something for themselves, because the support is not big at home” He said. The President of the GJA was grateful to the Ministry of Youth & Sports and the National Sports Authority (NSA) for funding a seminar to teach judokas the latest trends in scoring and fighting. Ezekiel Tetteh, Coach of the national team said it is very good that the government has looked at the plight of Judo and now wants to help. He called on the Minister of Youth and Sports to consider the inclusion of Judo as a major sport in Ghana because the judokas are serious and want to win glory for themselves and the nation. Esther Amuah, an official of the Association thanked the Ministry and the Sports Authority and promised that Judo will be one of the medal winners at this year’s Commonwealth Games.