Twenty-four judo coaches drawn form the ten regional capitals in the country have ended a two-week intermediate training course at the Charles Kumi Gyamfi Sports College in Winneba.
Dubbed: ‘Olympic solidarity judo technical course for level one judo coaches’ and sponsored by the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) through financial support from its parent outfit, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the course saw an international judo expert, Joseph Mounawah from Mauritius take participants through the techniques and tactics in warm-up, techniques specification, conditioning and planning to fight judo.
The GOC hopes the course will help equip the coaches with the requisite knowledge in judo and to help them unearth more hidden talents.
Addressing the closing ceremony, the secretary general of the GOC, Mr Albert Tettey, entreated all the participants to go out into their various communities and impart the knowledge they have acquired unto young and up coming judokas.
'As an Olympic sport, I know if given the needed attention, judo can win the nation more laurels at the Olympic Games.
'This is therefore the main reason why the GOC has put together various levels of coaching courses to help the Ghana Judo Association (GJA) equip all judo practitioners in the country with the requisite skills that will help see the sport grow and compete with other big sports in the country,' Mr. Tettey observed.
He announced that the GOC will organise similar coaching courses for other disciplines in the coming months.
Chairman of the GJA, Mr. B.O.K Johnson, thanked the GOC for putting together the course which he stated was the beginning of good things to happen to the association.
The association, he said, will soon register all judo clubs in the country after which the association will provide Tatami mats and other equipment to aid a smooth practice of the sport in the country.
He also assured all judokas that the association will this year revive the chairman’s cup and the master’s cup in addition to the annual Japan Open Judo championship.
On his part, chairman for the occasion Mr. Dominic Asabia, acting director of the C.K Gyamfi Sports College, assured the GJA and GOC that judo will be incorporated into the Ghana University Sports Association (GUSA) games and the Security Services Sports Association (SESSA) games to enable judokas have more competitions.
Course prefect, Ezekiel Nii Darku Dodoo, on behalf of his colleagues, thanked the GOC and the GJA for organising the course for them and hoped that it will go a long way to help them raise the level of judo in the country.
He appealed to the course organisers to bring back the course instructor to take them through the next level of the course as early as possible.
All participants were later presented with IOC certificates of participation.