Team Ghana made a bright start to their campaign at the 2014
Commonwealth Games after judoka, Razak Abugiri, won a bronze medal in the men’s -60kg contest on the first day of competition on Wednesday 24th July, at the Scottish Exhibition Conference Centre in Glasgow.
Ghana’s Judo team last Saturday won two gold and a bronze medals at the West African Judo Open Championship held in Abidjan.
Razak Abugri and Raymond Numeshie won the gold in the 60kg and 100kg categories, respectively, while Eliazer Doodo clinched bronze in the 73kg category.
Ghana’s Abugri received the best Judoka award, with the Ghana team being adjudged the team of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Team Ghana will take part in a training programme being organised by the International Judo Federation to introduce them to the techniques of the sport.
The president of the Ghana Judo Association, Emmanuel Tetteh, told the Daily Graphic that the championship served as preparatory ground for the Ghana judo squad ahead of next month’s All Africa Games in Brazzaville.
He expressed concern about undue delay in the release of funds by the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the team’s preparation for the games, saying the delay is undermining their build-up for the games.
He disclosed that 10 athletes scheduled to participate would be conditioned to compete favourably and win medals for the nation.
Judo (meaning "gentle way") is a modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano . Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata,) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice. A judo practitioner is called a judoka.