Nelson Mandela Bay will host a week- long festival of judo when the Commonwealth Judo Games 2016 take place in the city from 23 to 28 April at the NMMU Summerstrand campus.
Hosted for the first time in the African continent, the Commonwealth Judo Games join international sporting events in the city including Ironman Africa and the Ocean Racing Series.
Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay is the first South African host city to host the Judo Commonwealth Championships, confirmed Mr Pannas Vosloo, Sports Director of Judo SA.
Nelson Mandela Bay’s own Siyabulela Mabulu will want to improve his position in his current category, whilst current Commonwealth Champion, Zack Piontek from South Africa will be at this international event l fighting to retain the title.
Hosting this event will address one of the main challenges facing Nelson Mandela Bay as tourist destination- seasonality. International sporting events such as the Commonwealth Judo Games are a great opportunity to close the gap where tourism figures decline outside of the high season, while at the same time promoting economic development, offering publicity for the destination and encouraging travel in both the domestic and international markets.
“As part of our mandate to grow the tourism industry as an all year round major contributor to the economy of Nelson Mandela Bay, the hosting of international events of this nature is part of our growth strategy. Because of our moderate climate, we are also well placed to host international