12th Belau National Games
XVI Pacific Games
World Summer Olympic Games
July 24th - August 9th 2020
<b>By Gemma Martin of The Reporters’ Academy</b>
Judo was first introduced to the Olympics in the 1964 Tokyo Games, initially with the men’s event and later the women’s in 1992. Judo is based on Jujitsu, with each contest lasting five minutes in which athletes attempt to make a range of throws and holds to gain points, with the winner scoring the most points, who will then advance on to the next stage.
Jennifer Anson, Judo player for Palau, today took her place on the mat ready for her one-to-one combat with Mongolian opponent, Munkhzaya Tsedevsuren. The support helped spur all the athletes on as the audience clapped and cheered, filling the crowded arena. The two mats on the platform of the arena were full of action, with both male and female athletes competing at the same time, giving a wide range of throws and holds.
Despite losing her round, Jennifer will carry on with her Judo into the future and inspire other children to carry on and get involved in Judo, a sport which she feels very passionately about. She also explained how she will help to encourage others into Judo and help them, “I will tell them about my Olympic experience and hope that will encourage young children.” Jennifer also aspires to move on to developing school programs and training camps for young people, and eventually become a coach or referee.
Jennifer qualified for the Olympics through her place the Oceania Judo Championships where she finished 86th out of 178. She was very proud to be able to represent her country in the Olympics after competing in her own right, she feel “blessed to be part of it.” Jennifer also said she is “so grateful for all the support and encouragement I’ve received from my family and friends back home. I know they are proud, no matter the outcome. Thank you!”