In a bid to popularise judo in the country, a development programme for the youngsters was organised by the national federation in various cities in north India, which received praise from the world body for its success.
In association with the International Judo Federation, Judo Federation of India organised ‘Judo Educational Journey Through India’ from October 1-11 in various cities of North India.
During the two weeks, the IJF experts travelled to hold over 15 sessions in nine cities — Agra, Haridwar, Dehradun, Jallandhdar, Gurdaspur, Narnaul, Rohtak, Sonipat and New Delhi. Each session involved large numbers of judokas and altogether more than 3,000 young people and judo teachers took part in the event, a release said.
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Happy at the success of the programme, IJF President Marius Vizer said JFI would consider conduct of the same programme in South India next year.
“The Judo Educational Journey through India, organized for the very first time in this part of the world, was a real success. I want to congratulate all the people from the IJF, to the Judo Federation of India and the regional and local organisations for all the work done to make this event a success,” he said.
For the first time also, the IJF included in its ranks the world and London Olympics medallist judoka Miklos Ungvari of Hungary.
The first stage of the Tour was launched in the wonderful setting of the Taj Mahal in Agra with the judokas undergoing practice in front of this architectural wonder.