President, Nigeria Judo Federation (NJF), Dr Musa Oshodi, has described the participation of judokas at the ongoing Birmingham Commonwealth Games as an eye opener.
He further said in Coventry that there is room for improvement for the athletes at the international level.
According to the president; “inasmuch as I am not trying to make excuses, I believed this will serve as eye opener for us in Judo having missed out past international events, we were not at the All Africa Games, World Judo Championships and the Olympics for sometimes now and we are just returning to the international stage, so it is expected that we face some hurdles and I can state categorically that with time,we will catch up,” he said.
The NJF boss added, “on our part at the Federation, we are all that we could do to return the game to its rightful position and we are having various competitions at the National level. This I strongly believe will propel us to do more. And also, we should not forget that government alone cannot do this so we need the maximum support of all Nigerians and most importantly corporate body and well meaning Nigerians for sponsorship. And in this regard, we have marketing committee to look into this in order to make things work. With time, things will take shape and don’t forget we just came on board, but we are looking forward to doing great things,” Oshodi said.
Action continues on Tuesday at the same venue with remaining judokas.