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Four judokas off to Miami

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Four judokas off to Miami

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Four judokas are among a 13-member Barbados contingent which is scheduled to leave the island this morning.
Nathan Weithers and Tristan Forde will compete in the World Cadet Championships in Miami. The tournament, which is for Under-17 competitors, is the qualifying judo event for the Youth Olympic Games scheduled to be held in Nanjing, China in 2014. 
Weithers will compete in the Under-60kg class and Forde in the Under-50kg category.
Eighteen-year-olds, Asa Weithers and Onoh Obasi Okey, will also be training in Miami ahead of the Senior World Championships in Brazil later in the month.
Asa will be in the Under-66kg class and Okey the Under-48kg class.
They are accompanied by head coach Ian Weithers and Barbados Judo Association president Hoskins Caddle. The others are members of the Association. 
In a press release, coach Weithers stated it was difficult to say how the team might perform since the contest draws had not been completed. However, the athletes had been following a rigorous training schedule and would enter the competition well prepared. 
Weithers expected at least one athlete would qualify for the Youth Olympic Games.  
“I believe with the group of athletes currently training nationally, we are going to see something special in the not too distant future. They are disciplined, committed, willing to work hard, mentally tough and carry key elements necessary for success. We are creating a new dynamic. Time will bear witness to our endeavours,” the coach said.
The contingent returns home on August 13. (PR)

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