Judo initiative led by Commonwealth Judo Association promotes peace in Africa
7th June 2016
An initiative helping visually-impaired and disadvantaged young people in South Africa through Olympic sport judo has been delivered by Dr Mike Callan of Judospace, working in his voluntary role as Secretary General and Treasurer of the Commonwealth Judo Association.
The Judo for Peace programme, delivered from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, was part of global efforts from the International Judo Federation to use the sport as a tool for social good. It was the first of its kind to be held within the African continent and was part of the recent Commonwealth Judo Championships.
Dr Callan led the technical delivery of a sport for development activity session which was narrated by Jan Eirik Shiotz, Judo for Peace commissioner at the International Judo Federation. He was supported by President of the Commonwealth Judo Association Rick Kenney, Vice-President Dr Richard Briggs, and President of Judo South Africa Temba Hlasho.
The group taught participants about trust and respect, how judo can be a tool for social change, and how the ultimate aim of judo is to benefit society.
Their visit was also recorded for a documentary produced by the International Judo Federation for Sky Sports about its global impact, so keep an eye out for future broadcasts.