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.
Over the years, there have been numerous goals in Hungarian Judo, several medals were collected by our World and European Champions. Five years ago, Hungary was given the honour of hosting the Ordinary Congress of European Judo Union and the European Judo Championship in 2013.
The Hungarian Government has also noticed the success of Hungarian Judo and thanks to this attraction the government has launched a very important support within the framework of Hungarian Judo Sports Development Program. Several results are already enjoyable by number of athletes and more and more modern sport center was built in the near past and further centers are waiting for drafting and establising. Furthermore, we could strengthen the professional basis and number of athletes has doubled. Today, judo is available in all region of our country, but our aim is to enhance this productivity and with our help more and more Hungarian children may get opportunity to make judo sport greater.
Our prominent athletes and heroes – whoes achivements, attitudes, successes set role models for children – are given a great opportunity to show their home why they worked and struggled for years or decades.
The Suzuki World Championship in Budapest will be a great celebration for sport loving Hungarians, because the best athletes of the judo will be fighting on the tatamis. In addition, we can give all our guests from abroad a warm welcome and show that humility and devotion are the key points to create the most appropiate conditions for the World Championship.
I would like to give much thanks to the volunteers, sponsors and partners, IJF members and staff of Hungarian Judo Association for countless hours of preparation, which makes this event very special.
In closing, I wish each of you an unforgettable and very spectacular competition. Good luck to all of us!
Dr. László Tóth
President of the Hungarian Judo Association