Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Zanzibar Dominate Sixth Judo Championship

THRILLS and shouts filled the Zanzibar Budokan in the Amaani Stadium on Sunday, as the sixth Judo championship took place.

From 10:45 in the morning until five in the evening, the hall was bustling with action from the participants.

They kept the organisers on their toes, while keeping the audience mesmerizes with their performances.

Each of the 50 competitors, 31 from Zanzibar Isles and 19 from Tanzania Mainland was given an electric stainless steel kettle for participating.

Together with this the first and second runners-up were also awarded a certificate and medal, while the first person in each category was given a microwave oven.

"The quality and standard of the performance here is very good. This is not my first time to come here and I'm always impressed to see that on each occasion I can honestly say the standard displayed was better than the previous year," the Consul to the Japanese Embassy in Tanzania, Hiroshi Ueno, who holds a black beat in the sport, told the 'Daily News' when leaving the budokan.

There were five weight categories, from which was chosen a first, second and third placements.

The winners in the first category were Azzan Hussein from Zanzibar for the 60 kilogrammes, with Andrew Thomas from the Mainland winning the 66 kilogrammes, Abdulsamad Alawi from Zanzibar taking the 73 kilogrammes, Mbarouk Selemani from Zanzibar the 81 kilogrammes and Mohamed Khamis from Zanzibar the over 81 kilogrammes category.

Abuu Selemani from the Mainland was the first runner-up in the 60 kilogrammes category, while Mwinyi Ali from Zanzibar took the same position for the 66 kilogrammes, Makame Khamis from Zanzibar the 73 kilogrammes, Hamad Shaame from Zanzibar the 81 kilogrammes and Geofrey Mtawa from the Mainland held the over 81 kilogrammes place.

For the second runners-up Abdulrabir Alawi from Zanzibar took the prize in the 60 kilogrammes category, while Moses Matulanga from the Mainland took the 66 kilogrammes, Gervas L. Chilipweli took the 73 kiolgrammes, Kusekwa Jackson from the Mainland the 81 kilogrammes and Martin Myovella from the Mainland took the over 81 kilogrammes category.

When opening the event officially the guest of honour, Deputy Minister for Information, Sports and Culture, Hindi Hamad Khamis, expressed a desire to see such sporting events being supported so that they can continue to even greater strength.

She told the participants and at least 60-strong spectators she really enjoyed the performances and display of skill and discipline.

This championship is one of the qualifying competitions for selection to next year's Judo national team.

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