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Two-man Barbados team goes for judo gold

29 July 2002

Barbados judo coach Ian Weithers hopes success for his two-man team can help judo replace cricket as the number one sport in his country.


Judo action begins on 30 July

His plan rests with 19-year-old Jamal Grosvenor (BAR), who competes in the up to 73kg category on Wednesday, 31 July, and 21-year-old Barry Jackman (BAR) in the up to 100kg category on Thursday, 1 August.

He said: “Currently judo is a minor sport in Barbados, the main sport being cricket. But I think once medals start to come home, the popularity will increase.”

Barbados have never had a judo competitor in the Commonwealth Games and Weithers expects tough competition for the medals.

“The standard of judo at the Commonwealth Games will be nearly equivalent to Olympic level,” he said.

“We come here committed inside to win and that is what competition is about,” he added. “Of course you don’t come to these Games unless you want to take home a medal, preferably gold. That would be the ultimate success.”

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