Commonwealth Games judo champion Zack Piontek added another medal to his collection in the African Open in Tunisia at the weekend, writes Mark Etheridge.
Piontek was one of three South African players doing battle in Tunis, but the only one to return with reward.
Fighting in the U-90 kilogram category he won bronze after beating Gabor Ver of Hungary in the third-place bout.
That after he had won his first fight in the preliminary round, by courtesy of an ippon against Aingeru Mendiola Izquieta of Spain.
But he lost his next fight against Moroccan opponent Imad Abdellaoui, also on an ippon decision.
That saw him into the loser’s pool where he beat Canadian Robert Edward (ippon).
The result against Ver is significant as the 22-year-old Hungarian is a former World Championships bronze medallist.
South Africa’s other two judoka, both lost their opening fights. In the U66kg, Commonwealth bronze medallist Siyabulela Mabulu lost to another Moroccan, Imad Bassou in an unconvincing display but will hopefully make amends at the African Championships in Morocco in March.
And in the Dale Whittaker lost to Chile’s Fernando Salazar in the first round of preliminary action in the -81kg category.
An AJU Refereeing and Coaching Seminar was held from the 26th to the 28th of September 2014 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The seminar was presented by Mr BoubkeurBenbada AJU Director of Refereeing, and Mr NacerOuarab AJU Director of Education and Coaching.
Referees and coaches from most of regions in South Africa attended the seminar.
The seminar was concluded with the evaluation and upgrading of several African referees to new AJU C,B and A levels. According to organizers Mr Dirk Crafford, Director of Refereeing, Judo South Africa, and Mr Gert Gouws, Director Coaching and Education, Judo South Africa, the seminar was a huge success.
South African referees and coaches benefitted from the seminar and indicated that many more of these type of interventions are needed and would be greatly appreciated.
We want to thank Africa Judo Union and the International Judo Federation for their continuous effort to promote the sport of Judo.