The Chairmen of Judo Association in Southwest States and coaches have endorsed a former Vice President of the Nigeria Judo Federation, Dr Musa Oshodi, as their candidate for the NJF presidency ahead of the election, slated for month end.
They announced Oshodi, who is also the Chairman of Oyo State Judo Association, as the consensus candidate at a press briefing in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The Chairman of Lagos State Judo Association, Sheriff Ahmed flanked by other chairmen and a representative of coaches, said members of the association in the region have unanimously endorsed Oshodi to contest for the NJF president.
Ahmed noted that Oshodi’s contributions, vast experience as a judoka and administrator placed him as “the best man to lead” the Judo Federation.
He said “All the chairmen in South West have come together as one ahead of the election. We chairmen from south west , Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Lagos and Osun State.
“The Chairman of judo in Oyo State is vying for the post the President of NJF and we all Chairmen in South West thought this is the best time to bring the loss glory of Judo sport back and to reunite judo family in South West and at the National level.
“We have come together as one in one voice at the zonal level and hereby endorse our candidate Dr Musa Oshodi as our candidate for Judo Federation President.”
Responding, Oshodi, who is medical practitioner, vowed to push for restructuring and rebranding of NJF if elected in the September 30 election.
He submitted that for Judo to get adequate attention and sponsorship like other sports, stakeholders must redouble their efforts in promoting Judo sports.
Oshodi also told members of NJF to elect a professional to lead federation in order to put the Judo on the right footing.
“We need to have a purposeful administration , administration that if focus and we can only achieve this with someone that has the knowledge, someone that have pass through all the trainings of judo as a player, Coach, referee, and has an administrator, and I know with that I have what it takes to manage the federation.
“A judoka has never been the president of the federation and that is really affecting us. I want to say that if given the opportunity to become the President, we have structure agenda , programmes that will help because having realize where the problem lies , we are able to come up with solution,” Oshodi said.