The Japanese government through its International Cooperation Agency (Jica) has sent a top judo instructor Yoshihiro Matsuo, who will be in the country for six months, to train Malawians in the art of judo and how they can excel at Olympic Games.
Japanese Ambassador Shuichiro Nishioka, who unveiled the instructor on Tuesday at Kamuzu Institute for Sports in Lilongwe, described Matsuo as a top professional judo instructor with a lot of experience in the sport.
“You will benefit a lot from him as he is an expert in judo. He volunteered to come to Malawi to teach judo. As you prepare for the Olympic Games you need an expert to drill you in the sport. Utilise him to the maximum,” said the ambassador while addressing local judo athletes, who included primary and secondary school learners.
During the unveiling ceremony, the ambassador also donated 30 sets of judo wear to be used by the athletes.
Judo Association of Malawi president Captain John Kaputa thanked Japan for investing in the sport.
“The Japanese Embassy has always been there for us and the sport is growing now because of their investment. We are appreciative of this support,” said Kaputa.
He said the sport teaches about discipline and inner strength which is what the youths need if they are to grow into respectable citizens.