After a woeful performance at the 2012 Olympic Games judo events qualifiers in Paris last week, Nigerian judokas have set their sights on another qualifying tournament holding in Czech Republic in a fortnight.
Vice-president of the Nigeria Judo Federation (NJF) stated this on Monday while explaining that the country’s poor outcome at the qualifiers in Paris was due the superior performance showcased by the oppositions.
“Our judokas had it tough in Paris because they came up against tough sides that were superior in all aspects of the sport,” said on Brilla FM early this morning. “Though some of our judokas gathered some points, we could not win any ticket for the Olympics. We are not losing hope yet because another qualifier is coming up in two weeks time in the Czech Republic. This will give us a chance to redeem our image and hopefully we can book our places in the London Games.”
The Czech Republic tourney will give the Nigerian judokas an opportunity to qualify for the Olympics as tougher nations will not be competing in the qualifiers.