The Bahamas was short listed to host the 2018 World Judo Championships this coming October and Bahamas Judo Federation (BIF) officials, and the Government of The Bahamas are working to bring the championships to our shores.
In a press release sent by the BJF, D’Arcy Rahming Sr, Senior President of the BJF and Treasurer of the Olympic Committee said, the Federation is working “closely” with Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Michael Pintard. The tournament plays host to over 100 participating countries as well as 1,000 athletes, administrators and staff.
Hosting a tournament of this magnitude would, again, highlight the country as a premiere destination for major sporting events. And with the country’s growing popularity in the sport, it would mean even more for the art known as Judo.
“We are working closely with Sports Minister Pintard on getting final approvals for the Junior Worlds,” said Rahming. “We are demonstrating how this tournament makes sense business-wise, culturally, educationally and of course, in sports. The government’s investment in this tournament will be supported by our sponsors, including the Olympic Committee. The minister has shown his support and his team is working diligently toward making the acceptance deadline of mid-January.”
In any event, the BJF is in full preparation mode to ensure their students are well equipped by the time the World Judo Championships roll around. The Bahamas Judo Sports Academy has now opened their own Live-In Facility, with 10 male athletes taking up residence thus far. As noted in the release, some of the athletes already have the experience in international competition.
What the Live-In facility provides for the athletes is a complete submersion into their preparation.
“This live-in facility is necessary if we are to succeed. The World Judo Junior Championships is also an Olympic qualifier,” said High Performance Director D’Arcy Rahming Jr. “The athletes will have full immersion in Judo and practice over 30 hours a week.” The athletes were chosen from a pool of high school and university students, who are on scholarship for judo. The athletes will also serve as club coaches in high school and primary school classes as a part of their community service.”
The release further illustrated that the sport has quite the social media following, with some 5,700 person following the sport, along with hundreds of persons practicing the sport as well. The International Judo Federation also holds coaches courses in The Bahamas, yearly. Judo is even a varsity sport at the University of The Bahamas.
Overall, President Rahming is pleased with the direction of Judo in the country.
“We are pleased with the overall direction of judo and after our successes at the Commonwealth Youth Games, we have seen a surge in popularity. Thousands are anticipating this tournament and Bahamas Judo will not disappoint,” said President Rahming.”