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19960529_Peugeot to sponsor national team

    The Malta Judo Association (MJA) and Michael Attard Ltd (Blata l-bajda), local agents for Peugeot, have reached a sponsorship agreement in connection with the preparation of the national team for the Games of the European Small States in Iceland next year. 
    The Malta team will now be sporting the 'rampant lion' (Peugeot's emblem) on the left sleeve of their jacket and on the MJA Tatami in home events. 
    Michael Attard Ltd said they were very pleased to associate Peugeot with judo, a discipline which provided Malta with so many satisfactions in the recent past. 
    The MJA has planned a very busy schedule to help athletes remain on good shape while undergoing preparation for the 1997 Games in Iceland. A tight programme, consisting of nine international events, was prepared. Malta has already participated in six of these tournaments. 
    The Malta Olympic Committee (MOC) was in favour of this prgramme and supported the MJA with a grant of Lm2,500.
    The MJA also benefited from a CONI-MOC agreement and immediately utilised the amount for a Italian judokas at the ultra-modern FILPJK Centre in Rome late month. 
    Meanwhile, the Ministry of Justice and the Arts has already allocated Lm40,000 for a judo hall to be built next to the existing MJA premises in Pembroke. 
    In a very short time the national judo team will move from the University Sports Complex, where they have been training for the past two years, to Pemborke in anticipation of the new hall. 
    So far the judokas' performances abroad have been very encouraging. Philip Camilleri, only 16 years old, took the ninth place in the European Championship at the Hague and classified 43rd overall in the European Olympic ranking list. 
    On her part Laurie Pace placed 16th and is now 32nd  in the same list. Although Jason Trevisan and John Zammit did not make it to this list they performed admirably in their respective categories.
    Wild card decision
    On June 10, the IOC and the IJF commissions will decide on the distribution of the Atlanta Games' wild cards. Only then will Malta know if and local judoka will be one of the 400 athletes to take part in the Atlanta Olympic Games.
    Tomorrow the men's team will leave Malta to compete in two international tournaments - the "Guide Sieni" and the "Tre Torri" in Italy. In between they will be attending an international training camp.    
    Laurie Pace and Kamilia Peter, will be taking part in the Alghero international tournament, in Sardinia, at the end of June.
    Mr Justice Gino Camilleri, MOC president, appreciated Peugeot's help and remarked that all local sport cannot improve without such sponsorship deals.
    He was sure that this help will be of great benefit and expected an improvement in the game's standard. 
    Mr Justice Camilleri noted that the close partnership struck between the MOC and the MJA was paying the desired dividends as a results obtained in international events these past few years clearly showed.
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