By Albert Akota
The Nigeria Judo Federation (NJF) under the leadership of the newly elected, President Dr Musa Oshodi has vowed to return Judo to its rightful place in the country in a bid to secure possible ticket at the 2016 Olympics scheduled to take place in Rio, Brazil.
Oshodi who regretted how Judo Game has been poorly managed expressed optimism that the new leadership would reposition the game with a view to reclaiming its rightful place at the global level.
Speaking with newsmen, NJF Dr Oshodi explained “we visited the DG to update him of the present happening in Nigeria Judo Federation. In the meeting we presented our position and decision and if truly National Sport Commission wants Judo to move forward in this country, they must support and respect our decision of Passing Vote of no confidence on the former President.
“If we don’t take necessary steps at this point in time to address several issues which have hindered Judo from making progress in both Nigeria and beyond, the Game will head to extinction. We have relayed our message to the commission and we know that as responsible People, they will give us a go ahead support.
“We have missed participation in this year’s Commonwealth Games because of administrative ineptitude within the Judo federation and we must not miss 2016 Olympics. That’s why we are taking necessary steps to avert future embarrassment.”
“Already, Nigeria has missed three Olympic qualifiers and you will agree with me that if we don’t partake in these qualifiers what are we preparing for?
“Our grievance against the former President is due to administrative ineptitude, lack of transparency and autocratic leadership style which cannot carry us to the promise land. Recently international federation made it clearly that president of Judo federation must be a Judoka and we know the meaning of this.
“If we don’t follow instruction given by international federation, they may sanction us or if they are trying to be lenient with us they may deny us the needed benefit that can help us develop Judo In Nigeria and we don’t want such to happen.