Nigeria’s frontline judokas, coaches and officials yesterday arrived in Benin City, Edo State yesterday for the National Open Trials ahead of the 2019 All Africa Games scheduled to hold at Morocco from August 18 to 31.
The final stage of the trials commenced yesterday and will end on Saturday at the Indoor Sports Hall of the University of Benin, Benin City.
Nigeria will be competing in different weight categories at the All Africa Games as the trials is expected to produce two athletes per category from the plethora of athletes representing the 36 states of the federation at the trials.
According to the Technical Director of the Nigeria Judo Federation, Ewa Ekuta, the athletes who scale through will get a call up to the national camp as the team prepare more intensely for the competition. Ekuta added that the team selected would also serve as a standing national team to any international judo event.
The selected team will represent Nigeria in the -78, -57, +100, and -60 kg classes at the competition.