By Thierry Niyungeko
From 10 to 13 May 2018, the capital of Burundi hosted the judo African championship in the Cadets and Juniors categories with a great domination of the Maghreb countries.
The Judo national dojo was in the party during the four days of this competition. Fully decorated, decorated and well-equipped to host this great appointment, the huge building is the major martial arts infrastructure at the national level. In addition to the large room designed to host the spectators, other extensions have been erected in training dojo and the sanitary block. An athlete’s exit tunnel out of tatamic has been set up to facilitate the movements of competitors with pretty hostesses recruited for this event.
A young champion has made sense by winning an Or medal from the opening of this competition. This is Fleury Nihozeko who allowed Burundi to get the first African medal in boys. The only continental league medal that Burundi had so far is that of the signing of Signoline Kanyamuneza in Tunis in 2014. The new young championship will host the African Youth Games in Algeria in October 2018. to participate in the next world youth. We can only wish him good preparations to bring us another big medal.
Maghrebins are taking over
At the general ranking Algeria occupies the first place of this championships in each Cadet and Junior championship as well as the great domination of his junior team. His dolphin is Egypt that has aligned good competitors. He also ranked the first of the championships in the Cadets category in team combat. Burundi won the third place in this group.
Here is the category classification:
* Individual cadet:
1. Algeria: 6 medals in gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze.
Morocco: 3 medals in gold, 1 in silver and 1 in bronze.
3. Egypt: 2 in gold, 3 in silver and 8 in bronze.
4. Burundi: 1 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze.
5. Madagascar: 1 gold medal and 3 bronze.
6. Tunisia: 1 gold medal.
7. Zambia: 1 gold medal.
8. South Africa: 3 silver medals and 2 bronze.
9. Gabon: 1 silver medal and 1 bronze.
10. Zimbabwe: 1 medal in silver.
11. Ivory Coast: 1 bronze medal. 12. RDC: 1 bronze medal.
* Individual Junior Category:
1. Algeria: 8 medals in gold, 5 in silver and 1 in bronze.
Tunisia: 4 medals in gold and 1 in bronze.
3. Egypt: 2 medals in gold, 7 silver and 4 bronze.
4. Morocco: 1 gold medal, 1 silver and 2 bronze.
Senegal: 1 medal gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze.
6. Mozambique: 1 silver medal. 7. Zimbabwe: 1 silver medal.
8. South Africa: 3 bronze medals.
9. Burundi: 2 bronze medals.
10. Ivory Coast: 2 bronze medals.
11. Gabon: 1 bronze medal.
* Cadet team competition:
5. South Africa.
* Junior team competition:
3. South Africa.
Let’s note that Gambia, Kenya, Djibouti and Mali could not get medals during this championship.