SINGAPORE: The International Cadet Judo Championship is back for a second year.
The event, at the Bedok Indoor Stadium, has grown — with 14 countries vying for honours this time, up from 10 last year.
Seventeen—year—old Joel Tseng, in white gear, gave the local fans something to cheer about.
The Ngee Ann Polytechnic student won gold in the U—21 below 66kg category when he scored a yuko against Indonesia’s Budi Prasetiyo.
The championship is part of the Singapore Judo Federation’s plans to develop a pool of young athletes, in preparation for the 2013 and 2015 SEA Games and the Youth Olympics in 2014.
Koh Eng Kian, vice president, Singapore Judo Federation, said: "The Singapore Judo Federation started this development squad in January. We actually started this development squad for the youth to prepare for the Korean coach to come and take over."
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