CECILIA ZULU, Lusaka
THE Zambia Judo Association (ZJA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Irish embassy for the sponsoring of the Irish Ambassador’s Cup
And Ireland Ambassador to Zambia Se’amus O’Grady has given ZJA a K20,000 grant to promote judo for peace and judo for street kids.
ZJA general secretary Mabvuto Ng’uni said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the inclusion of the Irish Ambassador’s Cup on the calendar will contribute to the growth of the sport in the country.
“We thank the ambassador [Irish Ambassador] for the gesture. We are confident that with him coming on board to sponsor one of the biggest events on our calendar, the levels of participation in the sport will also increase.
“We are humbled that the ambassador [Se’amus O’Grady] agreed to our proposal and he has decided to take up all the responsibilities during the tournament. We are happy to announce that the tournament will be held in honour of Father Jude McKenna, who contributed greatly to the development of the sport in the country,” Ng’uni said.
McKenna was ZJA vice-president.
Ng’uni said over K10,000 will be spent during the staging of the event.
The tournament is set for November 11 at Central Sports Club in Lusaka.