Dear Presidents Dear African Judo Family On April 18th 2020 the AJU held a Directing Committee Meeting which included the President of the AJU Medical Commission, through a video conference call to discuss and decide on the AJU strategy regarding the COVID-19 crisis and the way forward. The most important factor that was taken into consideration is the safety of the African Judo family.

We would like to inform you of the decisions made by the AJU DC: - Until the situation is normalized the AJU will cancel all scheduled events until the end of September. - All African Cadet and Junior Cups have been cancelled for 2020.- Postponement of the African Cadet and Junior Championships to October 2020 (dates to be confirmed ) in Tunisia. - African Open of Yaoundé and Dakar will take place in November (dates to be confirmed)- African Senior, Mixed Team and Kata Championships will take place from 15-21 December 2020 in Morocco. - The AJU will be embarking on holding various online seminars and courses from May until September. Further details and schedules will be communicated. The decisions made by the AJU DC are intended to provide for better planning reliability during these difficult times and are based on the hope that the situation will normalise in Africa by September, which will allow all our African athletes to re-start their normal training schedule. The situation will be constantly monitored and all decisions are subject to review depending on the situation analysis, African Government decisions and the safety of our athletes and members. The AJU DC would like to express their solidarity and commitment to all African countries that are affected by the pandemic. and expresses the hope that our African Judo Family everyone remains healthy and positive. Our judo values of courage, mutual welfare and benefit, as well as maximum use of energy which are anchored in the DNA of judo will get us all through this. The advice from the President of the AJU Medical Commission, Professor Chafik Elkatani is "Washing your hands, observing social distancing, wearing a mask, strengthening hygiene rules, has become crucial. Containment is very hard and going to the hospital and being confined there is not pleasant. You will be better confined at home. So please, for yourself and also for the people you love and for everyone, stay at home.“ The African Judo Union hereby expresses our deep gratitude to all member federations and athletes for their cooperation and support given to each other during such unusual and uncertain times. Kind Judo Regards

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