Judo helps Japan get to grips with China’s expansion in Pacific

Samoan judoka Derek Sua attends a practice session with his Japanese coach Kohei Kamibayashi at a training facility inside a church hall in Apia, Samoa, July 13, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Barrett

APIA, Samoa (Reuters) – In a large church hall near the Samoan parliament, 175-kg (386-lb) judo practitioner Derek Sua is being thrown to the mat by his Japanese coach, a black-belt who is just a third his size. Sua welcomes the training, usually difficult for athletes in Pacific Ocean islands to secure, but now offered […]

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