SPORTS Council of Zambia (SCZ) has commended the judokas for finishing first with 19 medals at the just-ended Southern African Judo Confederation Regional Championship in Swaziland.
Speaking yesterday at the medal presentation at National Sports Development Center (NASDEC) in Lusaka, SCZ chairperson Mwamba Kalenga said all the 19 judokas proved their patriotism by ensuring each won a medal no matter how tough the opponent was.
Kalenga praised Zambia Judo Association (ZJA) executive committee and the technical bench for putting up a team that was capable of bringing honour to the nation.
“This shows that the association has a right attitude in running sports. ZJA is one of those associations that has no wrangles and must be applauded for that. Each judoka worked hard and contributed a medal, what a brilliant performance,” he said.
He thanked the sponsors for assisting the team to successfully travel and appealed for their continued support. Meanwhile, ZJA presidents Alfred Foloko praised the judokas for defying all odds to scoop the first position.
Foloko advised the judokas to continue working hard, remain focused and disciplined if they had to continue performing well at the championships competitions.
He also said the association would soon revise the constitution to suit the modern judo as most of its contents were traditional.
“We want to bring on board technocrats that will help the growth of the sport. Our constitution will also need to change to suit today’s judo,” he said.
The 19-member judo team bagged 14 gold medals, four silver and one bronze to beat five other participating countries; South Africa , Angola, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.