The standards of judo in Malawi is expected to improve following a training course for 20 coaches being conducted a Japanese judo instructor Yoshihiro Matsuo in Blantyre.
Judo Federation of Malawi President John Kaputa said the 10-day training, which started on Monday, is the last of the three courses the instructor has conducted in Malawi since November last year.
Kapauta said the main aim was to groom good athletes who could win medals in the country.
He said the courses have been made possible with financial and technical support from Japan Embassy, Japanese Internation Corporation Agency (Jica) and Malawi Olympic Committee.
“We requested Japan Embassy to help us train our coaches with an expert enhance the standards of judo in the country,” Kaputa said.
He said judo had the potential to put Malawi on being an individual sport.
“Just like most individual sport judo could do Malawi proud because it would only take one athlete to win a medal at intenational competition such as Olympics and Commonwealth Games,” he said.
He said so far the sport had already proved that it could bring glory to Malawi after Malawi won gold medal and two silver medals at the Africa Union Sports Council Region Five Games held in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
Judo won gold medal and two silver medals at Zone Six Maurinee Soko, Jean Mwagonde and Alinafe Phiri.
Matsuo said after the course five best coaches would be selected for a national training course.