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  • Writer's pictureFelix Munyika

FEELS GOOD TO BE BACK - FOLOKO

After being involved in a road traffic accident on the way back from a Judo for Peace assignment in Luapula Province of Zambia on 5th August 2020 resulting in multiple fractures which forced him out of practicing Judo, the National Olympic Committee of Zambia (NOCZ) and Judo Association of Zambia President Alfred Foloko has returned to the Tatami with a renewed sense of purpose and a passion for sharing his expertise with the youth.


As part of the youth day commemoration activity held at Central Sports Club in Lusaka on Monday 13th March 2023, Foloko led a training session for youths and children. His words after the session were inspiring, emphasizing the importance of taking advantage of the Dojo and the opportunities it offers to learn and interact with professionals.

Foloko in blue Judogi during training

For Foloko, it is clear that the future of Judo and other martial arts in Zambia depends on the youths taking up the mantle and being prepared for the challenges ahead. He is committed to supporting them in this journey, drawing on his own experiences and expertise to motivate and inspire them.


Foloko's dedication to Judo and sports is evident in his achievements, including being the first sitting president to complete the International Judo Federation (IJF) Instructors Course in Africa.


He hopes that his success will serve as motivation for upcoming athletes, encouraging them to pursue their dreams and push themselves to reach their full potential.


But it's not just about the athletes themselves; Foloko also recognizes the important role that parents and families play in supporting their children's involvement in sports. He encourages parents to send their children to the sports club and take an active interest in their training and development, recognizing the positive impact that sports can have on their health, wellbeing, and future success.

Foloko giving instructions during training

Looking ahead to 2023 and beyond, Foloko is focused on preparing the next generation of athletes for regional and continental games, as well as international events like the qualifiers for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.


He is committed to working with beginners and supporting the national team, drawing on his own experience and expertise to help them achieve success on the Tatami.


For Foloko, being back on the Tatami after his accident is a powerful reminder of the joy and fulfillment that comes with pursuing one's passion.


He hopes that his work will inspire others to take up sports like Judo and embrace the many opportunities that it offers for growth, development, and personal fulfillment.





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