it is a pleasure to welcome the judo family to Hungary for the Suzuki World Judo Championships 2017.
Budapest is also home to the IJF Presidential Office and has opened its arms on many occasions to the international judo family and has long embraced our sport.
I would like to welcome the athletes and fans on behalf of Suzuki, the World Judo Championships’ title sponsor. Our company proudly stands by the Judo Federation and the Budapest event in order to represent the spirit of Judo as one and to provide a framework for exciting and rewarding matches that are broadcast from the Hungarian capital.
On behalf of the Hungarian Judo Association, I would like to welcome each of you to the Suzuki World Championship 2017 and the Ordinary Congress of IJF. We can be proud that Hungary has successfully organised many championships, but this year the most prestigious event, the World Championship takes place in Budapest.
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The founder of judo martial arts, Jigoro Kano, professed that the purpose of judo is not only the development of the body but also the soul, thus it can lead to a healthy life. The master developed a system at a time when he was afraid that traditional Japanese morals and habits would sink into the darkness of the past.
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