SYLVESTER CHISHIMBA, Lusaka
JUDOKA Simon Zulu is confident of winning a gold medal at next month’s 2017 World Cadet Judo Championship in Chile.
The world championship will run from August 9-13 in Santiago.
Zulu said in an interview on arrival from the Bahamas yesterday that his aim after grabbing gold at the just-ended 2017 Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas is to excel at the global event in Chile.
He won gold in the -66 kilogramme category in Nassau.
“I want to be the first in Zambia to get a gold medal at the World Championship next month. I know it is not going to be easy but I have prepared adequately to overcome my opponents. It is a big event and everyone will aim at winning a medal,” Zulu said.
Zulu is eager to compete with the world’s best in Santiago.
“I know this tournament is going to be very difficult because it features the best judokas from across the world. It is obvious there is no time to rest for me. I need to start training again,” he said.
And Zambia Judo Association (ZJA) president Alfred Foloko has implored Zulu not to relax but continue working hard ahead of the World Championship.
Foloko said Zulu should not be in the comfort zone after defeating Balarjishivili Georgios of Cyprus during the just-ended Youth Commonwealth Games.
He said winning a gold medal in the Bahamas should inspire the judoka to triumph in Chile and make the country proud.
“I implore the young man [Zulu] to prepare well for this tournament. I believe he can do well in Chile but the important thing for now is to train effectively. We hope he can do well in Chile so that he can earn qualification for the 2018 Youth Olympics in Argentina,” he said.