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Benin agog as Nigeria’s top judokas begin Africa Games trials

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Nigeria’s leading judokas, coaches and officials have hit Benin City, Edo State for the National Open Trials ahead of the 2019 All Africa Games billed for Morocco from August 18 to 31, Wole Opatola, Media Coordinator of the event, has disclosed.

The trials, which are in their final stage, will hold from today to June 29 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the University of Benin, Benin City.

Technical Director of the Nigeria Judo Federation, Ewa Ekuta revealed that male and female athletes from all the states of the federation were expected to participate in seven weight categories with the two finalists in each category getting a call up to the national camp in preparation for the Africa Games.

Ekuta, a former African champion added that the team selected would also serve as a standing national team to any international judo event.

Also speaking on the trials, the president of the judo federation, Prince Timothy Nsirim thanked the Edo State government through the Edo State Sports Commission for rescuing the federation in providing funds and logistics for the trials. He said the timely intervention of the state had buoyed the athletes and officials and would go a long way in ensuring quality outing by the athletes at the Africa Games. According to the federation, athletes will compete in the -78, -57, +100, and -60 kg classes.

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