The Botswana Judo Federation will on March 27th host a national tournament at Game City, Gaborone for all its members. BJF President Estony Hattingh said last week that the move is part of BJF’s objective of taking judo to the people. The tournament will include all of BJF’s national affiliates and will give the public a chance to see Judokas’ performing.
“The national tournament is also an initiative through which we will expose judo to the people. That is why we want to host it at Game City, where everyone can come and witness,” she said.
As part of the tournament sponsorship Game City will host the tournament at no cost to BJF.
Hattignh further said that the format of the tournament has been changed so that it can be more appealing.
She explained that the tournament will be more challenging for their members, as they will have an opportunity to improve their national rankings.
“All members need to attend the National Championships to gain a ranking position. We well thereafter host three national ranking competitions and four national training camps,” she said.
Judokas who want to retain their number 1 ranking will therefore be required to attend all the national ranking events and training camps.
The final ranking for the players will be based on a point system.
“So the higher you want to be ranked the more events you must attend,” she said.