The Zimbabwe Judo Association will this week launch judo for the visually impaired at the Rolf Valley in the capital from the 22nd to the 23rd of this month.

Zimbabwe Judo Association president Smart Deke said the launch follows his trip to Japan last year and as part of preparations for 2020 Tokyo Olympics and paralympics.

Several regional countries including Zambia, Malawi, South Africa and Botswana will attend the training programme.

“It’s not just about Zimbabwe but the region, we have experts from Japan coming in on the 21st of February together with regional delegates from Zambia, Malawi and South Africa,” said Deke.

This is not the first time Japanese experts are coming to Zimbabwe to assist develop Zimbabwean sport having previously worked with wheelchair basketball and tennis athletes to improve their technical abilities and skills.

Athletes with disabilities are usually looked down upon by society due to their special needs but many have risen beyond expectations and continue to raise the country’s flag high at both regional and international competitions winning medals.