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.
The World Championships is a festival of judo and the showpiece event of the IJF World Judo Tour.
I thank the Hungarian Judo Association and its President Dr. Tóth László for his support of the IJF and hosting key events with such ambition and determination. It is a pleasure for the IJF to stage the Worlds in Hungary for the first time. I believe that this event will provide an excellent opportunity for the promotion of judo in Hungary and for showcasing the performances of the best Hungarian judoka.
We are confident of a fantastic competition and I wish good luck to the organisers, judoka, coaches, media, volunteers and everyone present at #JudoWorlds2017