Judo boss Maluki confident Kenya will shine in Hungary

Judo boss Maluki confident Kenya will shine in Hungary

Kenya Judo Association president Shadrack Maluki is confident Kenya will perform well at the Hungarian international tournament on October 23, despite the team’s delayed preparations.

Judo is among the disciplines that were affected by the phased resumption of all outdoor and non-contact sporting activities as announced by the Government last week.

Sports CS Amina Mohamed gave the green light for non-contact sports such as athletics, cricket and golf. High contact sports such as football, boxing, judo, karate and water sports remain suspended.

“We have been training individually in conjunction with the International Judo Federation (IJF) and I’ve been personally following their training programs. I’m happy about what I’ve seen so far,” Maluki said.

Diana Kana of Kenya Prisons (women’s under 70kgs), Kenya Defence Forces duo Alice Lokalei and Mary Maina, Esther Ikiugu of Prisons (Under 63kg) are some of the Kenyan internationals who will feature at the event.

General Services Unit’s Levi Kipangat (senior men’s 100kgs), KDF’s Micheal Amayo, Peterson Gatheru, Lexxon Mayanja , George Kimani and KDF’s Kelvin Munangwe.

The World Judo Masters will be held in the beginning of 2021 in Doha, Qatar while all three events offer qualification points for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.

The continental unions are also planning the organisation of several continental events before the end of the year. The IJF has stressed that this schedule is tentative and can be reviewed.