Judo competitionYemeni juniors are West Asian champs [Archives:2004/795/Sports]

December 2 2004

Yemen occupied first position in the Judo competition of west Asian countries staged in Sana'a with a credit of seven medals, followed by Syria with six medals. Iraq stood third, Kuwait Fourth, Qatar fifth and Palestine came last in the competition.
Yemen gained three gold medals, one silver and two bronze medals while Syria earned two gold medals and the same number is for silver and bronze medals.
The Yemeni General Judo Federation made the necessary arrangements for hosting the West Asian Countries Judo Competition. Junior participants from the seven Asian countries in addition to Yemen took part in the event which was organized Nov.25-26.
The competition was staged at 22 May Hall for International Conferences and Sporting Activities in the capital Sana'a.
Abdulrahman Al-Akwa, Minister of Youth and Sports confirmed that Yemen should be always present in such competitions.
President of Yemeni Judo Federation (YJF) No'man Shaher stated that the goal behind hosting the championship is to demonstrate a positive profile of Yemen's ability to organize such events in a wonderful way.
He added that the preparation of Yemen's judo team was good as the team under the technical staff conducted extensive external and internal camps since the beginning of this year.
An open external camp was staged in Sana'a in which the team was summoned to receive training and useful lessons three days a week for more than two months. Another training camp was held in Hodeida for 10 days and a third training camp took place last October in Japan and lasted for 20 days.
The president of the federation affirmed that the federation has summoned foreign experts in the game so that Yemen could benefit in hosting and organizing the championship.
A training course started last week's under the Tunisian expert Maher Al-Serafi, an advisor to the Qatari Judo Federation.
Another Iranian expert handled the task on the following day to complete the necessary arrangement for the competition.
It is worth noting that a micro-championship was held under the direct supervision of the Tunisian expert three days after the participating teams arrived in Yemen.
The purpose behind it was to hearten the participants and give them more practice.