Dr Oshodi while addressing newsmen ahead of the sports federation elections in the country, stressed that it is quite pertinent to return Nigerian Judo to the glory days.
The vastly experienced Judo administrator and technocrat decried the sudden downturn in the fortune of the game, and assured that plans are in place to ensure that Judo events attract the bigwigs in Nigerian sports.
He said “It’s sad that we have now returned to the crawling stage, some sports that came into existence after Judo are now doing better”
“Stakeholders need to come together and work things out, returning to the Glory days is not impossible, I am optimistic that we will achieve it”.
With the attention of the Nigerian government tilting towards Football and Athletics, Dr. Oshodi admitted that it will be difficult for Judo to rival the popular sports at this point, he however stressed that if the Judo Federation is self sustainable, it will be easy get the attention of the Federal government.
“We should not wait till the Sports Ministry gives us money, it is understandable that the government is concerned about sports that are bringing in laurels, but we intend to make the Judo Federation self sustainable, though we would also want government support, but we have to begin, chart a new course, uplift the game, make Nigeria proud at continental and global events, then we can now expect something from the government”.
Judo was created in 1882 by Jigoro Kano as a physical, mental, and moral pedagogy in Japan.