OJU World Cup dedicated to tsunami victims of Samoa2009.10.07
International Judo Federation
The prime minister of Samoa, Hon. Tuilaepa Lupesoli´ai Sailele Malielegaoi, announced that the 2009 OJU World Cup (November 14th-15th) will be dedicated to the tsunami victims of Samoa.
On September 29th, an earthquake followed by huge waves hit the shores of Samoa, causing devastation and several deaths. The areas affected were located on the south side of the island of Upolu and the disaster has not affected the capital town of Apia, which is the most populated area of Samoa and host of the Judo World Cup.
Three of five members in the 2009 OJU World Cup Organizing Committee, including the Prime Minister as chairman, have had their family village virtually wiped out.
“Life will go on in Samoa and every team that participates in this event means it is indirectly helping the rehabilitation of our economy and in the relief effort to the communities affected”, says the letter signed by Prime Minister Malielegaoi to the International Judo Federation.
Along with other Oceania Judo Union teams, some international teams are already confirmed to take part in the event such as Canada, China, Czech Republic, Ghana and Luxembourg.
“Your attendance will mean a lot to the people of Samoa. The OJU World Cup has a committed team who is determined to make this event happen with the utmost organization as would be expected of a major event in an Olympic Sport”, adds the Prime Minister in his letter.
Samoa continues to invite nations to attend the World Cup and training camp from 13th to 18th November 2009, which is being called a “historical event”