Newly elected at the head of the Haitian Judo Federation, Wilmailler Chery already has a full notebook as a project for the days to come. Between the training of executives, the restructuring of the Leagues and the representation of athletes in competitions in the zone are also the priority axes of the native of Carrefour.
HT: To begin with, who is Wilmailler Chery?
WC: I am Wilmailler Chery, originally from Carrefour, I started practicing judo at the age of 15, I have defended the colors of my country at the world judo championship in 1992 since then, I climbed the ranks to get to where I am today.
HT: You were in the sphere of Haitian judo, what do you think is the record of your predecessors?
WC: I do not want to go into this exercise of comparison, the times are not the same, but one thing is certain Ernst Laraque marked Haitian judo, he gave everything with obviously more conditions favorable than Martin. In sport and even in life the results are important, and on this aspect the results are in favor of the late Laraque.
HT: You live in the United States, it would not be a problem for you to lead the FHJ?
WC: I do not share this opinion, because I am very present in Haiti and I very often participate in local championships. In addition, people who know me can testify, I am not personal, the FHJ has four vice-presidents, we will work by mutual agreement in order to deliver the goods. We are in the modern era, that is to say the time of technology, we can do everything with it, for example: organize meetings, trainings etc …
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HT: What would be the priority axes of your mandate?
WC: My priorities will be based on several axes such as: Organize championships across the country especially at the school level in order to unearth talents, very focus on training our executives namely: coaches, referees, judges, restructuring of the Leagues which is an important vector in the development of Haitian judo, and finally providing adequate preparation to our athletes to that we can have a dignified representation in international competitions.
HT: What will be the next international deadlines for Haitian judo?
WC: For the moment, world judo has experienced a blow. stop because of the Cov id-19, but we in the FHJ are working very hard. As a result, three Haitian judokas: Gérard Cadet in the United States (66 kg), Sabiana Anestor in Spain (52 kg) and Philippe Metellus in Canada (73 kg) have been in preparation for some time with the objective of representing the countries at international deadlines. We are waiting for the resumption of activities, but the rest of us we double mouths as soon as things return to normal we will be ready.
(Interview by Guerby Meyer for haititempo.com)