The Congolese delegation, composed of seven people including four officials and three athletes, was led by Marien Ikama who considers himself, despite the establishment of new federal bodies by the Congolese National Olympic and Sports Committee, as president of the Federation. Congolese judo and associated disciplines.
African Open de judo Yaoundé took place from November 5 to 8. Ten African countries including Congo took part in this competition during which, Franckel Jospin Kamizélé (3e category of less than 73 kg) who discovered high competition for the first time, lost his first fight by a Hansoku-Make against his Cameroonian opponent. As for Rudel Ikama Nzuzi (2e category under 66kg), he made a good start by dominating his opponent by Ippon, before losing his next fight against an experienced Cameroonian captain. Qualified for the final bronze block, the Congolese could not repeat the feat of his first fight, settling for the 5e place.
The Dakar Open took place from November 12 to 15. It brought together ninety-six athletes from seventeen African countries. Congo was represented by the judoka of the Congolese diaspora from France, Régis Octave Gambi, 4th category. This judoka of -90Kg, after repechage, beat his Malian opponent by Ippon, before losing his bronze final and also occupied 5th place.
“Our results are largely positive since the objective has been reached. That of participating in complete independence in all African competitions as well as the most coveted in France. It is this same momentum that we think we will keep since the young athletes have already gained experience throughout the year. Our projection for 2022 is to glean medals in the next editions. However, the training of our local and international executives remains at the heart of our program. For this, I thank the African Judo Union and the International Judo Federation who continue to put order in the promotion of judo in the world ”, expressed Marien Ngouabi Ikama, who awarded diplomas to the champion of less than 81 kg in Cameroon and that of less than 48 kg in Senegal.