Date : 07 Nov 2018
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, November 7, 2018: The President of the International Judo Federation, Marius Vizer, has made an official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
This is the first time in history that the IJF President has visited the country, where the national judo federation was created in 1976. Today more than 7,000 athletes spread over 12 centres and 28 clubs are regularly practising judo in Saudi Arabia.
Mr Vizer landed in Riyadh where he met with BG Mr Khalid bin Abdullah Al Oraini (President of the Saudi Arabia Judo Federation), BG Mr Nassaer Hassan Al Ghannam (General Secretary of the Federation) and Mr Hussain Al Malky, Dr Nabeel Al Hassan and Mr Mohamed Al Ruwaili (Members of Board Council).
During this first meeting, the cooperation between the International Judo Federation and the Saudi Judo Federation was discussed.
From November 1-4, the IJF President also visited the judo associations in Riyadh as well as the first academy of judo schools for children in Saudi Arabia.
In recent months, judo in Saudi Arabia has been developing rapidly and cooperation between judo academies in schools and universities has been reinforced.
A significant consequence of this, a month ago, was that the Saudi Judo Federation created the first female academy in King Saudi University and, up to now, already more than 130 girls have taken up the sport.
During the last three months, three new courses for children were initiated in Riyadh and Jeddah that attracted more than 300 young judoka, boys and girls.
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