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19970131_Another success for Camilleri in Sicily

    The Judoka of the year, Philip Camilleri, who is the youngest member in the national team, made Malta proud again for the second time in less than a month.  This latest success was achieved in the under 19 tournament "Giovanni Sciacca Memorial" in Sicily last week. 
    This shows the excellent fitness condition of Camilleri in his preparation for competitions such as the Games for the Small States of Europe which will be held in Iceland next June. Philip is preparing to defend his bronze medal which he won in the previous edition in Luxembourg.
    In the Giovanni Sciacca Memorial, the association sent six other athletes from the youth team to take part in this high level tournament as well as Gordon Spiteri and Rueben Micallef who registered excellent scores. 
    This tournament was open to the best youth teams from Sicily and Italy. 
    The Maltese contingent was accompanied by the Russian coach Sergei Teiliouk and Ray Fava. The latter took the opportunity to use this tournament as a practical session of refereeing in his preparation for the international refereeing examination to be held in Birmingham next April. 
    In the meantime, during a meeting which the Malta Olympic Committee called last Tuesday for those sport federations participating in the Small Nations Games and the Mediterranean Games, the chairman, Magistrate Lino Farrugia Sacco announced that although we are at the end of January the Malta Olympic Committee does not have any news or whether there will be any financing for the preparation of the Games of the Small States of Europe.
    The Malta Judo Association will therefore have to revise drastically its programme of preparation which was presented to and approved by the Malta Olympic Committee in September of last year. 
    This uncertainty of whether the Malta Olympic Committee will be able to subsidise this programme of preparation as indicated previously can seriously prejudice the final preparations for the Games.
    The Malta Judo Association, in the meantime, will carry on with its preparations. In fact selected members of the national team will next week compete in the biggest international tournament organised yearly in Paris More than 00 athletes are expected to participate.
    Through special arrangements with the European Judo Union, the Maltese athletes will participate in the European training camp where they will have a golden opportunity to train with the world's best judokas from over 50 countries including Korea, Japan, Germany and obviously France - the bulk of the Judo Olympic medal winners.