April 7 2010: The African Judo Union Sport Director’s course for English speaking Southern African countries, which was hosted by the Botswana Judo Federation in Kasane last week, was hailed as a success by course director Nabil Elalem.
Elalem, who is also the African Judo Union Head Sport Director, is highly recognized for his skills in the judo world and also in the Olympic community.
He told The Telegraph that he is very impressed with the outcome of the whole course, especially since it is the first of its kind for the African continent.
“As the first director’s course to be conducted in Africa for English speaking countries, I am very impressed with the outcome. It was a successful event,” he said.
He added that the course content and topics covered were essential for anyone who is responsible for organizing competitions.
“We had detailed discussions on how to organize competitions and how athletes can collect points,” he said.
Among the topics that were discussed during the course were Sports/ Technical Directors duties and responsibilities, Designing Federation Calendar, Technical Meeting & Technical Reports Writing, Organization of International Sports Event, Organizing Judo Tournament/Championship, IJF Competitions System, IJF Ranking List, London 2012 OG Qualification System, IT Applications for Sports Directors and Interactive Workshop.
Elalem further said that he is also pleased with the number of participants that showed up. He however expressed disappointment that some of the invited countries did not show up.
“Some countries asked for this kind of help, but they did not show up. This director’s course was a very important tool for them to understand everything about the sport, from selecting athletes, coaching, and how to collect point in judo,” he said.
He also said that the participants showed passion and dedication.
“They were willing to learn and share ideas. It was very interactive as shown through the practical’s we did during the course,” he said.
“All aspects need to be upgraded, form our athletes, coaches and happy to say some countries like Botswana are a good bookmark for such a development. This was also proved throughout the course through the willingness of participants to learn more,” he asserted.