Five universities are set to battle it out for top honours in the USSA judo tournament that takes place at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University‘s Missionvale Campus this week.
Participants representing the universities of Witwatersrand, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Stellenbosch arrived in Port Elizabeth on Thursday (3 April) for the official opening and weigh-ins.
Judo, which has been a part of the championships since its inception in 1994, was last hosted by the Madibaz in 2010. They have entered 18 participants for the 2014 event.
According to NMMU‘s martial arts manager Bernard Petersen the local side includes several members that could feature prominently in the senior section of the championship, which hits the mats on Friday and Saturday.
They are Matthew Chase, Lwazi Mapitiza, Darren and Alex Neave, Daniel Pienaar and Sinethemba Mpati, who won the U/60kg title at Wits last year.
In the women’s section, Astrid Bluemel will be the Madibaz’s best chance of a medal. Last year, she won gold medals in both the U/63kg and U/78kg categories.
Peterson will be hoping that his side can improve on the 12 medals they amassed last year in the various weight divisions, which include U/56kg, U/60kg, U/66kg, U/73kg, U/81kg, U/90kg, U/100kg and over 100kg.
Contact Petersen on 041 504 1244 or 076 402 7317 for more information.