In June, the executive committee of the International Olympic Committee decided that the judo mixed team competition is going to be included in the program of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, so in the next Games there will be one more – altogether fifteen – gold medals distributed in this sport.
The organizers of the SUZUKI JUDO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP in Budapest have not been inactive either: with the permission of the International Judo Federation (IJF), the team competition is to be organized according to the “Olympic rules” already in the Hungarian event!
In Tokyo, like in the Budapest premiere, there will be a mixed team competition after the number of individual events taking place in a total of 14 categories. One team is formed by three men (-73, -90 and +90 kg weight limits) and three women (-57, -70 and +70 kg). In terms of weight categories, the Hungarian “dream team” can even be combined in the following way: Miklós Ungvári, Krisztián Tóth, Barna Bor, Hedvik Karakas, Szabina Gercsák, Abigél Joó.
Judo is basically an individual sport, but the special atmosphere of the team competitions has made this form popular in the sport over the years. Not to mention that the Hungarians are doing well in this category: our men national team have won bronze in 2001 and this year, silver in 2005, and gold medal in 2009 at the European Championships!