Kathmandu, Feb 21
President of Nepal Olympic Committee Mr. Jeevan Ram Shrestha who is also the newly elected member of parliament was the chief guest in the The Olympic Solidarity Technical Course for Coaches in Judo which is being held at Satdobato Sports Complex from February 21 to 25. Nepal Judo Association (NJA) on Wednesday inaugurated a five-day technical course for its coaches with the objective of improving the standard of judo in the country.
NOC Pesident Shrestha asserted that Nepal will not participate in international tournaments just for the sake of participation from now onward.President Shrestha said that the sports governing bodies of Nepal have given priority to long-term and result-oriented trainings.
He further said that NOC would provide intensive trainings to the players having high potential of winning medals at the international level.
“We will send one judo player to Japan for training and education till the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” said Shrestha. “In the past, South Asian Games used to be held in a short notice of 3-4 months and we lacked time for preparation. For the upcoming edition, we still have a considerable amount of time for intensive training for the March 9-18 event in 2019. We should be able to win the maximum number of medals in our home ground,” said Shrestha.
Altogether 60 judo players and coaches from across the country are participating in the course.“We believe that this course will help in developing and expanding judo across the country,” said Dharma Kumar Shrestha, general secretary of NJA, adding, “The International Judo Federation (IJF) has sent a judo expert for training our coaches and we hope that this course will help in improving the standard of judo in Nepal.
NJA President Deepak Harsha Bajracharya informed that the judo governing body of Nepal is organizing such event after a gap of nine years.
“IJF has sent a coach who has won the African Championships for 11 times and has also won many medals in the World Championships. It is a good opportunity for all of us as to learn from an expert instructor. We should take maximum benefit from this course,” said the NJA president. Unlike in the past when Nepal used to participate in Asian Games just for the sake of participation, NJA
said it has set goals of winning medals this time. “We will show our performance in the upcoming Asian Games. We have set our eyes on medals this time,” said Bajracharya.