“Embrace persons with disabilities” NOCZ president Foloko urges sports associations
National Olympic Committee of Zambia (NOCZ) president Alfred Foloko, has implored sports associations to engage people with disabilities in their sports activities.
Speaking during the launch of “Judo for All” at the OYDC Zambia – Sports Development Centre on Saturday, 30 November, 2019 by the International Judo Federation (IJF) and Zambia Judo Association (ZJA) Foloko, observed that the nation has talented people who can bring medals to the nation but says this can only be made possible if everyone is involved.
He expressed gladness that Zambia Judo Association has taken the lead to launch “Judo for All” aimed at promoting inclusiveness in the sport of judo.
Welcoming those who witnessed the launch, OYDC Zambia – Sports Development Centre Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Fredrick Chitangala, said facilities will always be made available to be utilised by all sports associations who want to promote inclusiveness in their respective sports disciplines. He added that sports associations must emulate Zambia Judo Association and ensure that activities are conducted from the OYDC Zambia.
Meanwhile, International Judo Federation (IJF) Media and Judo for Peace Head Director, Nicolas Messner, said a lot can be attained through sport by bringing people together adding that the launch of “Judo for All” will unite everyone including those who feel left out in society because of their body abilities. He congratulated Zambia Judo Association for continuing to promote judo not only to locals but also to refugees in camps who later find glory to interact with every citizen.
Over 100 judokas from Maheba Refugee camp, schools, clubs and Malawi showcased their judo skills before the launch.
The launch was witnessed by International Judo Federation (IJF) judo expert Birgit Ryningen, Zambia Judo Association (ZJA) General Secretary Mabvuto Ng’uni, representatives of different sports associations, and coaches among others.