President of the Ghana Judo Association, Mr. Emmanuel Tetteh is brimming with optimism that judo has greater chances of being one of the best sporting disciplines in the country.
Mr. Emmanuel Tetteh was honored “The Order of Rising Sun – Gold and Silver Rays” by the Emperor of Japan, Emperor Tsugu Akihito for his role in ensuring the development of the game in the country and beyond.
The ceremony was held in Accra over the weekend in Accra at the residence of the Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Tsutomu Himeno.
Speaking to Univers Sports, he noted that, he is not relenting in his effort to promote the game though the association is bedeviled with a lot of challenges.
According to him, reactions from people is very positive and that encourages them to keep fighting to take judo to a greater height.
“We are now in some polytechnics and universities and we have planned to take Judo to the junior and senior high schools in other part of the country. A lot of people know about judo in the country and since I was honored, I have realized that the reactions coming from people is positive and due to that, I believe there are a lot of potential judokas out there so that tells me the future is not blur for the discipline in the country”
He also expressed his discontent with how the National Sports Authority pay less attention to the sports but commended the Japanese embassy for their immense contribution to the development of the game.
“in Ghana, judo is classified as one of the lesser known sport and you know what goes into it, I don’t remember the last time we were given any form of supports in terms of money and equipment from the national sports authority but the Japanese embassy are really helping us with funds and equipment”
The sport was introduced to Africa in 1973 but was introduced in Ghana during the late 90’s.
Story by: James Eshun|Univers Sports|universnewsroom.com