Japanese Ambassador Shuichikiro Nioshioka has appealed to Malawi to groom athletes in judo for 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games.
Ambassador Nioshioka made the appeal on the sidelines of a donation of sports equipment to Judo Association of Malawi on Tuesday in Lilongwe.
He said Japanese Prime Minister Abe has launched programme to promote sports among the youths.
Japanese Prime Minister Abe has launched Sports Tomorrow Programme that will impact on 1 million athletes worldwide.
“ It is with this background that we intend to promote sports including judo which is a Japanese sports,” Nioshioka said.
“We want Malawi to be well represented at the Olympic Games in the sport so they should win medals.”
He said Judo Association of Malawi should invest in the youths targeting the two big world sports events.
Apart from Rio de Jeneiro Olympic Games [in 2016] Japan will also host the event in 2020 and the Ambassador appealed to Judo Association to invest in the youths so that by 2020 they should become mature athletes to win medals.
Kaputa was grateful to the Japan for the donation of the equipment which he said would go a long way in promoting the sport.
“We are grateful to the Japan through the donation of the equipment made by the Ambassador because we have been lacking such equipment,” Kaputa said.
He said the donation would also motivate more athletes to join the sport.
“I am sure now that more athletes would be interested in the sport because it’s a contact sport and safety is of great importance,” he said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :