Tanzania should invest more in judo

Two of the aforementioned four athletes are judokas, Thomas Mwenda and Abdulrabi Abdullah, who both won gold medals at the recently concluded East African Judo Championships. Interestingly, this is not the first time some of our judokas have excelled at the East African Judo Championships. Frustratingly, however, there has been insufficient investment in the domestic … Read more

Asian Level Judges / IJF.org

On May 10-11, 2022, Almaty, Kazakhstan hosted the IJF Referee Seminar ahead of the International Referee Exam. IJF Chief Referee Directors Mr. Daniel Lascau and Mr. Armen Bagdasarov planned the proceedings, and several members of the IJF Referee Committee welcomed referees from 13 countries. Mr. Lascau commented: “Starting with the first European workshop in Lisbon, … Read more

Welcome 300 Ukrainian children to Hungary / IJF.org

For weeks, the world watched in bewilderment what was happening in Ukraine. The Judo family doesn’t just look, it also acts. The arrival of hundreds of young judo players in Hungary has proven this again, who are now able to find some peace of mind after fleeing the war. A few weeks ago, 300 young … Read more

India’s elite judokas stare at uncertain future, no camp at Commonwealth Games

India’s elite judo athletes preparing for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou are facing an uncertain future, an international judo player preparing for the 2022 Commonwealth Games said. “We don’t know anything about the national training camps or selection criteria for the Commonwealth Games or the Asian Games,” … Read more

Malawi celebrates first phase / IJF.org

The Dzaleka refugee camp is located not far from Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi. For years, the refugee camp has been running a judo peace program called “Hope Judo”, offering refugees the possibility to practice judo on a weekly basis. Unfortunately, over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted most sports around the … Read more

Judo restarts for VI at the Antalya Grand Prix / IJF.org

Just three weeks after the IJF Antalya Grand Slam, Turkey is once again opening its doors to top judo. This is the start of a new season of IBSA Judo for visually impaired athletes. This is the start of a new Paralympic cycle, not only with new weight categories, but also new classification categories. This … Read more

The ladder of elite competition / IJF.org

We can think of the international scene as a ladder, a tall ladder with wide but always within reach. At the bottom, we have trainees. We can see hope and emotion and their potential for excellence. Some are accomplished and have a strong plan, but most have an almost brilliant set of techniques applied at … Read more

Indian Judo Federation setback as Sports Ministry refuses to approve 2021-2022 national championships in April

The Sports Ministry has rejected a request from the Judo Federation of India (JFI) to hold the postponed 2021-2022 National Youth Championships until April 30 this year. The 2021-2022 national competition was originally scheduled to take place before March 31. New developments further expose the capabilities of JFI. Disapproval is also a major setback for … Read more

Anita Pratap on asylum seekers orchestrated migration to pressure EU

What will Russian President Vladimir Putin do next? Not even the Americans who predicted the war in Ukraine knew. Will he escalate or downgrade, will he turn to eastern Ukraine or spread everywhere, will he secure supply routes or will he bomb cities? Global leaders and analysts agree: “Only Putin knows.” Confucius said: To predict … Read more

What We See / IJF.org

Four tournaments, like four irrefutable proofs of market volatility. Anyone can win, and there are few truly safe securities. If the World Judo Tour has shown anything, it’s that betting on winning judo is a risky business when the moment comes, and you better know your business. From Lisbon to Antalya, via Paris and Tel … Read more