A few days before the start of the competition at the 2018 World Judo Championship in Baku, the Executive Committee of the International Judo Federation met on Monday, September 17, on the shores of the Caspian Sea to discuss the present and future of world judo.
Welcomed by President Marius Vizer, members of the governing body of the IJF addressed a number of important issues. As a prelude to the exchanges, Marius Vizer warmly thanked the organizers of the World Championship, represented by the President of the Azerbaijan Judo Federation, Mr. Rovnag Abdullayev, for the excellent work done so far to propose the greatest championship in history. organized.
Mr. Vizer also thanked the efforts of the United Arab Emirates Judo Federation, which, thanks to the tireless work of Naser All Tamimi (General Treasurer of the IJF), helped to create the conditions minutes later, the executive of The IJF ratified an important decision, as the 2021 World Championships, the first to be held after the Tokyo Games in 2020, will take place in Vienna, Austria, from September 12 to 19 (in 2019, the World Championships will take place in Tokyo, Japan).
Mr. Hans Paul Kutschera, Chief of the IJF Medical Committee and President of the Austrian Judo Federation, said: "I want to thank everyone for this election, this is a great challenge for our federation and for our country, but We are ready to take it in. A long time ago, Austria had organized the World Championships for men, and then for women, we are happy to be able to welcome the best judokas, men and women, in 2021, in our beautiful city of Vienna "
Among the other important decisions made at the beginning of this global week, it should be remembered that in team competitions, the first category that will scale on the mat will now be decided by lottery. The members of the Steering Committee were also able to exchange crucial information on new events that should soon be included in the international calendar, such as the Grand Prix of Canada, Israel and Chile. The IJF will report on these new Tour events as soon as possible.
The arbitration commission noted that the analysis of the last years of competition at the highest level showed a particularly positive trend, with more than 82% of the bouts ending with a positive score, while the average duration of the gold scores ( when they happen)) it stays around 1 minute and 20 seconds.
While the World Championship is about to begin, the executive committee finally underlined the very good cooperation that had been made for the preparation of the next Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, where no less than 70 National Olympic Committees will be represented in judo, a Record record since the YOGs were invented.
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