Nigeria Judo Federation female coach, Hembadoon Helen Atser has called for early preparations ahead of the 2016 Commonwealth Judo Championships.
The game will for the first time take place in Africa as South Africa will host the rest of the World scheduled to hold from 24th-28th April, 2016 in the city of Port Elizabeth.
The Benue Judo coach advised the nation against at fire brigade approaches as it will affect the performance of the athletes.
“Nigeria needs to stop the attitude of calling athletes to camp three (3) weeks to international competitions. It is not proper. It’s necessary for the ministry of youth and sports as well as the National Sports commission to have the calendar of various federations”.
“If Nigeria wants to win medals at the international scene, early preparations are very important”, she said.
On the declining rate of some sports in Nigeria, Hembadoon Helen Atser who is the chief coach with the Benue state sports council said sports should not be left for the government alone as well meaning individuals should assist in sponsoring other sports.
She also expressed grievances over the way sport administrators and technocrats fold their arms at the declining rate of sports in Nigeria
The female coach concluded that month programs and competitions asides the National Sports Festival needs to be drawn for combat sports in order to harness the hidden potentials.
Hembadoon Helen Atser is the first Nigeria female judoka to win a Gold and Silver medal for the country at the African Championship in Morocco 1986.
She also represented Nigeria in 1984 World Judo championship in Vienna, Austria.