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HISTORY OF GHANA JUDO ASSOCIATION

 

 

Judo was introduced into Ghana in the early 1960’s by the late President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. It was introduced to numbers of the young pioneers club of Ghana. During this same time, some French expatiates working with CFAO open a dojo at their office in Accra.

 

 

FORMATION OF EARLY JUDO CLUBS

 

In 1960 Mr. Tony Turkson now a reverend minister opened a club in Accra at the National Arts Centre. Two other clubs were later opened at the police and Army training schools.

 

 

In 1973, a Japanese mission was in Ghana through the sponsorship of the Japan foreign ministry to demonstrate the art of Judo to Ghanaians. In 1974, the Japanese Mission sent another delegation as part of a cultural exchange programme. During this same period, three army personnels were sent to Britain for three months training. Two other police officers were sent to Kodokan, Japan for two years. Upon these happenings the Ghana Judo Association was formed. 

 

 

From the year 1974, Judo has become a recognized national sports and has developed over the years.

 

Organizations such as Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Japanese Embassy in Ghana as well as the French Embassy have helped in the development of the sports in the country. From 1976 – 2002, eleven Japanese coaches have helped the Ghana Judo Association to develop Judo. Some Ghanaians have also gotten the chance to study abroad. Two Ghanaians namely Andy Williams and Schandorf were in Egypt for 10 months and 6 months respectively. Over the years five Ghanaians have also been to Japan to study judo through the sponsorship of JICA. In 2003, another Ghanaian had a three month study in Germany. In 2005, under the Olympic solidarity scholarship, another judo player was sent to Hungary for three months.

 

At the moment judo is being practiced in may part of the country as many people from all walks of life are enrolling daily to take judo lesson for self defence, as a sport and to keep them fit.

 

Japanese Embassy Supports Judo

The Japanese Ambassador, Mr Naoto Nikai has presented judo equipment worth NS$96,126.00 to the Ghana Judo federation to support the association in the development of judo in Ghana through the Japanese grant project.

13th Japanese Ambassador Judo Championship Ends

This year’s Japanese Ambassador Judo Championship came up to a successful finish last Saturday at the sports hall of the Accra Sports Stadium. The competition which is an annual event held in honour of the Japanese Ambassador and aimed at strengthening relations with Ghana saw competitors compete in the Cardet ,Under 15,Women Junior Open, Women Senior Open,-60kg men,-66kg men,-73kg men and the men open.

 

 

The results are as follows:

11th Japanese Ambassador Judo Championship

This year’s Japanese Ambassador Judo Championship, dubbed the 11th Japanese Ambassador Judo Championship is scheduled to take place on 20th March, 2010 from 7.30am to 6.00pm at the Hathiramani Sports Hall, Ohene Djan Sports
Stadium, Accra.

Ghana For Africa Judo Championship

A ten member Ghanaian contingent left Ghana last Sunday to participate in the 30th edition of the Africa Judo Union Championship in Mauritius from April 27 to May 3, 2009.

 

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