GOLD medalist Simon Zulu has described the Burundi tournament as ‘tough’ and a worthy event to participate in.
The young Zambian has returned home with a gold medal after participating in the just ended African Cadet Championships in the -60kg Category held in Bujumbura, Burundi.
Zulu arrived on Friday and was welcomed by Zambia Judo Association (ZJA) general secretary Mabvuto N’guni, OYDC director Dr Fredrick Chitangala, National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) sports development officer Major Chisanga Bwalya, National Olympic Committee of Zambia (NOCZ) administration officer Chipo Mulenga. Zulu was accompanied by national judo team coach Francis Moola Limipile.
N’guni said the young judoka had brought glory and honour to the nation by minting gold at a very competitive tournament.
He paid gratitude to the Ministry of Sport, Youth and Child Development who through the Podium Performance Programme (PPP) ensured that camping and preparations for the tournament were adequately supported at the Olympic Youth Development Centre.
And OYDC director Dr Chitangala disclosed that the centre will continue to make available the state of the art facilities to national sport federations by ensuring that a conducive training and accommodation environment is always maintained.
In 2017, Zulu reigned supreme at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Bahamas by winning gold (60Kgs) and bringing honour to Zambia.
The Burundi games were being used as qualifiers to the 2018 Youth Olympic Games slated for Buenos Aires, Argentina.
This is according to the OYDC website.