ZAMBIA Judo Association (ZJA) president Alfred Foloko has described the year ending 2012 as an eventful one and that he was eagerly looking forward to recording more success at the international level in 2013.
Foloko in an interview yesterday said that 2012 saw Zambian judokas participating in almost all international championships including the London Olympic Games before wrapping up the year with a good performance at the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) Zone Six Youth Games.
He said though his association managed to send athletes to participate at the World and Africa Championships, a lot needed to be done to ensure success in 2013.
The ZJA chief said there was need to adequately prepare for the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games to be held in Nanjig in China and Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
He said the key would be to continue with the spreading of the sport to all parts of the country unlike when the sport was mostly dominated and played by the defence teams.
"We have had an eventful 2012 and we pray for another successful 2013 as we would like to continue taking our sport to another level.
Well we might have had an exciting year, we had a lot of challenges which I hope can be addressed on by the Government," he said.
Foloko said it was hard to get sponsorship from the corporate world and expressed gratitude to Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili who has promised to remove the tag of 'minor sport' as all sports were equal.
He said he had all the confidence that the ZJA and other sports disciplines would receive a good share of the budget to enable them carry out the various programmes aimed at developing the sport with the aim of winning medals.