South Africa will host the 2016 Commonwealth Judo Championships, scheduled to hold from 24th-28th April, 2016 in the city of Port Elizabeth.
It will be recalled that the decision was made at 2014 Commonwealth Judo Association Congress was held on 22 July 2014 at the University of Glasgow after they saw off stiff opposition from India and Scotland, with Malta retracting their bid during the presentations.
This is the first time that the Commonwealth Judo Championships will be held on the African continent.
The Championships will incorporate the; Commonwealth Judo Congress, Commonwealth Masters, Commonwealth Visual Impaired, Commonwealth Pre-Cadets, Commonwealth Cadets, Commonwealth Juniors and Commonwealth Seniors.
The Commonwealth Judo Association congress will take place at the NMMU, Port Elizabeth, South Africa on Saturday, 23 April 2016.
It will be recalled Judo South Africa General Secretary, Ina Van Den Heever, signing a letter of intent to host the 2016 Comowealth Judo Championships with CJA Executive President Rick Kenney, they are flanked by CJA Secretary General Dr Mike Callan.
Rick Kenney (SCO) was re-elected unopposed as Executive President of the British Judo Association, on a mandate to further modernise the Association, to continue to build strong relations with the International Judo Federation, and to establish judo as a core sport in the Commonwealth Games programme.
Other Executive Officer positions were as follows: Vice-President, Dr Richard Briggs (NIR), Vice President Envic Galea (MLT), Secretary General and Treasurer, Dr Mike Callan (ENG) and sports director, Malcolm Limrick (WAL).
There were four Executive Members elected; Professor Alexandar De Souza (NGR), Mr Barry James (ENG), Mr Sotos Tricomitis (CYP), and Mr Man Mohan Jaiswal (IND). They join the incumbent Executive Committee members Mr Temba Hlasho (RSA), Ms Estony Hattingh (BOT) and Fr Jude McKenna (ZAM).
The congress also voted to devote funds to support additional judo development projects around the Commonwealth, hopefully in partnership with other initiatives.