President of Mali Judo Federation, Habib Sissoko has been elected as new President of the African Judo Union for the next period, formally starting after the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro at the Congress of the African Judo Union (AJU), held Wednesday 6 April in Tunis, Tunisia.
He takes over the position of Lassana Palenfo gave up his position after being President over the past years. Sissoko was the only candidate.
The congress was attended by all presidents of the African Union as well as distinguished guests such as IJF General Secretary Jean-Luc Rouge who wished the Union success in its congress.
He was co-leading the elections and gave explanations about procedures. Rouge called Lassana Palenfo “a legend” during his period as President.
President Palenfo addressed in his speech the great help and support of the French Judo Federation for the development in management of organising events and support in administration.
“We have benefit for this for years. Although it’s not easy for African nations to travel to the events from our own pockets. But under the mandate of Olympic Games, everyone should participate, including for the Olympic Games.”
New President Habib Sissoko thanked the board, President Palenfo and the congress and accepted the heavy task as President. “Mr Palenfo vision, support and friendship was essential for the development of the African Judo Union. You deserve all gratitude and you inspired us with your contributions.
We also thank IJF President Marius Vizer for all support we received from the IJF. We have to underline the relations with our unions and our governments who fund us. We can use their experience for our objectives. We will invest our efforts to pay back and to promote judo in our continental and internationally.”
Estony Hattingh-Pridgeon, President of the Botswana Judo Federation, was elected as General Secretary of the African Judo Union.
She had been Communication Director for the last 8 years. She won the elections with a huge support of the African nations. Hattingh-Pridgeon takes over the position of Andre Angwe of Gabon, who will now become Treasurer.
Skander Hachicha of Tunisia was elected as 1st Vice President. Former African Champion U90kg Mr. Hachicha is currently President of the Tunisian Judo Federation and as host responsible for the organization of the African Championships 2016 in Tunis. Mohamed meridja of Algeria was elected as 2nd Vice President.