IJF President Marius Vizer opened the IJF congress in front of all the national federation representatives Saturday morning. He presented his official report on the past two years of activity since the last congress in Rotterdam in 2009.
“A huge effort has been made to develop the sport dimension of judo,” Vizer said when presenting his official report for the past two years of activity since the last congress in Rotterdam in 2009. “We have created a World Judo Tour and a World Ranking List. Judo is much more understandable. It already attracts the media and the sponsors and it will be even more the case in the upcoming years.”
IJF Referee Director Juan Carlos Barcos, during the refereeing presentation, spoke of judo’s evolution in recent years.
“We are back to the roots of judo and that is fantastic for the quality, for the performance and for the show,” he said, adding that the IJF is currently studying new evolutions. However, he added nothing will change before the London Olympic Games and all new changes will be made in coordination with input from judo experts around the world.