The Botswana Judo Federation (BJF) presented their new coach Sensei Keisuke Itsubo whom they have received through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC).
The General Secretary of the Botswana Judo Federation, Dorothy Tlagae stated during an interview that all along they had local coaches who were working with the team but they needed someone more experienced at black belt level because their current coaches are not at their level. “We want him to build the experience of the local coaches so that they can coach at international level,” exclaimed Tlagae.
“In partnership with JICA we requested them to send us a volunteer who will be an experienced black belt coach who can come and train our coaches and also our teams”.
Furthermore, Tlagae noted that she believes Sensei Itsubo is impressed with their level given that they are a small code. “He is happy with the dedication he is seeing in our young people who he is currently training,” added Tlagae.
Though the Sensei was presented last week, he started coaching the Judo team since August last year and he has even gone on a training camp with the lads in December which he noted that he was impressed with them.
Moreover Tlagae expressed that they wanted the Sensei to settle in first before they presented him to the BNSC. “He will be with us for the coming two years and we would like to see him enabling our team to be able to compete on the continental, regional and international games and also groom in one or two of our players to be able to compete at the coming Olympics in 2016,” noted Tlagae.
Asked if the Sensei is doing anything to prepare for the African Youth Games (AYG) she said he is working with them at the moment in preparation for the games and he is excited looking forward to see what he has done with team so far.
Tlagae noted that at the moment she cannot point out any player that is showing potential because by doing that they will be hard headed thinking they have arrive. “In Judo you have to compete on the mat and prove yourself and be the winner out of the competition before someone can say this is the one,” she added.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is an organisation that has been operating in Botswana since 1992 and it contributes towards Botswana’s Human Resource Development through its Training Program (capacity building) and volunteerism spirit of Japanese Nationals through Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) Program. To date about 300 JICA volunteers have been dispatched to many different government departments, statutory institutions, line agencies and NGOs in different parts of Botswana to undertake various technical assignments.