Judo: Gofit Winnie of Nigeria ranked 74th in the World by IJF, gets nod from Army Chief

Judo: Gofit Winnie of Nigeria ranked 74th in the World by IJF, gets nod from Army Chief

Nigeria Army Judoka, Private Winnie Gofit is now ranked World Number 74th in the Women -70Kg Weight Category.

Private Gofit was the country’s only representative at the just concluded 2017 World Championships held at Budapest, Hungary from 28th August to 3rd September.

The information was obtained at the website of International Judo Federation (IJF) in its latest ranking released in September.

The Nigeria Judoka put up an impressive performance at the championships to earn a ranking among the best 100 Judokas in the world.

Gofit in April represented Nigeria at the 2017 Africa Wrestling Championships bankrolled by the Nigeria Army, where she won a gold medal in Marrakech, Morocco.

The Chief of Army Staff (COS), Lt General Tukur Buratai on Wednesday congratulated Private Gofit for the feat achieved.

Chief of Army Staff (COS), Lt General Tukur Buratai

In a statement signed by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman said the COS is happy with the performance of the Force in sports.

“Aside winning the battle on the field against Boko Haram, I’m happy our officers are doing very well in sports. I’m aware an officer also won a Gold medal at the 2017 Africa Boxing Championship in Congo, Brazzaville” the statement read.

In a telephone conversation with the Nigeria Army athlete, Private Gofit Winnie expressed gratitude to God Almighty, the Chief of Army Staff for footing her bills to the Africa Wrestling Championship and the President Nigeria Judo Federation.

“I’m very much excited hearing this news, I never knew I’ll make top 100 but all glory and adoration to God. The Chief of Army Staff has been supportive, the President NJF told me to believe in myself before my fight”.

“This is calls for more work and I promise not to let the Judo family down”, Gofit said.

Nigeria Army has produced an All Africa Games medalist, a Commonwealth Games medalist, and an Olympian.

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