African Bronze medallist, Enku Ekuta (-63kg) have qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. According to a Sports Performance Reports released by the African Judo Union (AJU), Ekuta is amongst the 16 women’s Judokas who made it to the biggest sporting event in the world.
An elated Enku Ekuta told www.aclsports.com that qualifying for the Olympics means her proper preparations and good opportunities paid off.
Ekuta praised her parent for introducing her to Judo at a very tender age.
She said, “I am very happy and favoured at the same time knowing that I am going to represent Nigeria at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
“It means that when God destines something he fulfils it. Proper preparations that met a good opportunity paid off for me, if I was not active in judo and had the opportunity of having a sponsor (ACUUGAS), it would not have happened. With hard work and opportunity, we can achieve anything we put our minds to.
“I want to thank my mother for giving birth to me. My mother was at the Athens 2004 Olympics, that is exactly 17 years ago and I am glad that I will continue the tradition of the Olympians in my family. I want to also thank my father for coaching me”.
On surpassing her mother’s record at the Olympics, Enku Ekuta said, “Without being modest, I think my mom knows God has taken me far beyond where she reached, which is a sign of blessing for her.
“It shows that my parent helped in directing me through the proper procedure of getting to where I am for this outstanding progress I have made in sports. I cannot compete against my mother; I can only get better than I was yesterday”.
Nigeria Judoka, Enku Ekuta is currently ranked 60th in the world with 620 points.