A RECORD number of 72 judokas from 10 local clubs participated in the Seventh Zanzibar Budokan Judo Cup 2012, on Sunday.
Twenty-five of these came from six clubs in Zanzibar and 47 from four clubs on the Mainland. These six clubs from the Isles are Chuo cha Mafunzo, Budokan, Zanzibar Police, Mwanakwerekwe, Nungu and Mlandege.
The four from the Mainland are Magereza, Kisutu Dar, CCP Moshi and Korogwe. As was the case with last year's championship, this tournament was held at the Zanzibar Budokan in the Amani National Stadium.
Apart from the importance this weight category event carries for judo local enthusiasts, its results helps the National Judo Championship select participants for the 2013 national team. "All judokas tried their best and competed well, which has pushed the over-all level up, when you compare the results with last year's.
I can honestly say that this was an exiting Judo championship," the Chief Director of the organizing committee, Tsuyoshi Shimaoka, told the 'Daily News' in a telephone conversation yesterday.
"We at the Zanzibar Judo Association try to prepare big prizes every year for this event so that we can motivate participants to push the level up. This year those who came first won 600,000/- and a gold medal, the first runners-up 300,000/- and a silver medal, whilst the second runners-up were given 100,000/- and a bronze medal.
In addition to this, all participants were given a certificate, electric shaver, hotpot or an electric iron," he said with much audible pride. The guests of honour for the event were the Minister for Information, Culture, Tourism and Sports, Said Ali Mbarouk and the Ambassador of Japan in Tanzania, Masaki Okada.
They were able to witness Masoud Amour (ZNZ/Budokan), Godfrey Mtawa (M/Magereza), Mbarouk Suleimani (ZNZ Budokan), Abdulsamad Alawi (ZNZ Budokan), Ahmed Magogo (M/MoshiPolice) collect their prizes for winning the 100 kg, 90kg, 73kg, 66kg and the 60kg categories respectively.
There was also the opportunity to see Mjigani Silima (ZNZ/ Budokan) and Lailatu Mohamed (ZNZ/Budokan) collect their prizes for winning the women 57kg and Plus 57kg categories respectively. Mohamed Abdulrahaman (ZNZ /Chuo cha Mafunzo) took the men's first runners-up in the 100kg, while Mohamed Korogombe (M/CCPMoshi) the 90kg, Gevars Chilipweli (M/Magereza) the 73kg, Abubakari Nzige (M/Moshi ) the 66kg, and Omal Dola (ZNZ / Budokan) the 60kg category.
Matilda Helman (M/Kisutu) got the second place for the women's Plus 57kg category and Grace Alphonce (ZNZ /Budokan) took the Minus 57kg.
In the second runners-up Mussa Myovera (M/Kisutu) won the 100kg, whilst Murid Haji (ZNZ /Chuo cha Mafunzo) and Kusekwa Jackson (M/Magereza) the 90kg, Mohamed Korogombe (M/Moshi) and Seif Hatib Malul (M/Magereza) got the 73kg, Mwinyi Ali (ZNZ/Budokan) and Moses Matulange (M/Magereza) the 66kg, Abubakar Nzige (M/Moshi) and Abuu Selemani (M/Kisutu) the 60kg and Layla Helman (ZNZ/Budokan) together with Amina Mohamed (M/Kisutu) took the ladies Plus 57kg place.