by Jack Lapauve Jr – EM TV News, Goroka
Five high ranking judo experts are in Goroka for the Sports For Tomorow program sponsored by the Japanese Government.
Over 40 interested judo students attended sessions at the National Sports Institute this morning.
Part of the program is to identify and assess development needs of judo in PNG and present a report to the Japanese Government through its embassy.
The Sports For Tomorrow program aims to build capacity for PNG judo fighters in preparation of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
The three day program kicked off yesterday with many school children from schools inside the Eastern Highlands capital showing interest and enthusiasm to learn the art of judo.
The five Japan Judo experts will return to Japan on Monday.
Under the Sports for Tomorow program in Papua New Guinea, only two sports were chosen, swimming and judo.
A similar program is underway in Port Moresby at the Don Bosco Technical Institute.
The Japanese visitors also presented one hundred judo uniforms to the Goroka Judo Club.
The three day program will end tomorrow but a fulltime judo instructor will return nextweek to teach judo for a year under arrangements by the PNG Sports Foundation and National Sports Institute.