Thirteen coaches of the Nigeria Judo Federation (NJF) on Thursday departed the country for the International Judo Federation (IJF) coaching course in Lusaka, Zambia.
The NJF Secretary, Davies Oluwadara, said that the coaches qualified for the course after undergoing the IJF online examination.
Oluwadara said that the course which would hold from May 12 to May 20 would impact positively on the technical know-how of the coaches.
“Over 48 coaches sat for the online examination but only 13 of them were able to qualify to take part in the coaching course.
“It’s a good thing that our coaches will be part of this training and I strongly believe it will be of great benefit to them and judo generally in the country.
“We are thankful to the international body and individuals that supported the coaches in one way or the other,’’ he said.
Also, one of the coaches, Wasilat Omobola-Tijani, said the course will help the participants to be intellectually sound in the sport.
Tijani, who is a coach at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, said the sport had evolved over the years, adding that there was need for coaches to upgrade techniques.
“It’s a privilege to be part if this because they will get additional knowledge,’’ he said.