GIS - 05 March, 2020: A new Regional Judo Training Centre was launched, yesterday, at the Youth Centre in Mahébourg in the presence of the Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Recreation, Mr Stephan Toussaint. The aim of the Centre is to further develop this combat sports and train judokas.
In his address, Minister Toussaint recalled that judo is a discipline which for the past years has been dominating the sporting panorama locally and even on the African continent in spite of its limited resources and structural set up.
He expressed the wish to see the Mauritian judo on the podium at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris recalling that during the last Olympic Games of Rio 2016, a female Mauritian judoka had ranked 8th among the best in the world. ‘As such we believe that with a better structured pathway and support this discipline can achieve better heights locally and internationally’, he said.
He thus encouraged the judokas to work hard and achieve good performances at the Tokyo Olympic Games, the Francophonie Games and the Island Games.
Regional Training Centres
In order to strengthen the training structure of this discipline, the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Recreation proposes to introduce three additional Regional Judo Training Centers at Germain Commarmond Stadium in Bambous, Anjalay Stadium in Mapou, and the Dojo in Beau-Bassin to consolidate the existing structure.
Each Regional Training Center will consist of the best judokas emerging from the existing “Ecole de Judo” and Clubs operating around the Center.
As at date, four Regional Judo Training Centres are operational in Goodlands, Grande Rivière Nord-Ouest, and Beau Bassin, including Mahébourg.
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