Judo Oceania Championships in Tonga

Oceania Judo Union Championship (photo: Supplied/ Tonga Judo Association)

NUKU’ALOFA-April 19: 2:50pm(Nuku’alofa Times): The Oceania Judo Championships 2017 will be held in Tonga at the ‘Atele In-door Stadium next week on the 28th-29th of April.

The Oceania Judo Union includes 20 member countries such as American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Marianas, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, Niue, Northern Marianas, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.

Currently 130 athletes from 12 countries have been confirmed for this event.

This is also an International Judo Event which means World ranking points are also up for grabs during the two day event.

The Tonga Judo Association has predicted that the event will also bring about economic benefits to the Kingdom as well as much needed support for the sport.

It is predicted that overseas visitors are expected to be some 180-200 people with a total estimated “tourism turn over” of event TOP500,000.

“The experiences gained, both human resources and technologically, is a factor hoped to inspire and make it easier for others to host future similar high level international sporting events in Tonga. This especially good preparation in the lead-up to the PG 2019” was the statement by the Judo association in Tonga.

There will not be any entry fee for the event.

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