In an official signing ceremony attended by Marius Vizer, president of the International Judo Federation (IJF), Sergey Soloveychik, president of the European Judo Union and vice-president of the Russian Judo Federation, and Mikhail Yurevich (left), Governor of the Chelyabinsk region, "Chelyabinsk is already acquainted to many athletes and the city will welcome them as old friends." said Yurevich.
"The 2014 World Championships will establish the status of Chelyabinsk as a capital of Russian judo."
At the end of the signing ceremony, Vizer honoured Yurevich with a special award, while a medal was also awarded to Mansur Isaev, the London 2012 Olympic -73 kilogram champion who is from Chelyabinsk.
Also presented was a special award for Ezio Gamba, who was the chief of the Russian team, who finished at the top of the medals table at London 2012.
The 2013 World Championships were hosted at the Ginásio do Maracanãzinho by Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 26 August to 1 September 2013 and will return to Brazil in 2015, when they are scheduled for São Paulo.
Russia is currently the tenth most successful country in the Championships, having won a total of 37 medals, including seven Gold.
Its predecessor, the Soviet Union, is the eighth most successful country with 57 medals, 11 of them being Gold.
The most successful country is Japan, who has won a total of 269 medals, with 112 Gold, twice as many as France, its nearest rival.
The Judo World Championship 2014 will take place in one of the most modern sports amenities in Russia - arena "Tractor". It is the home ground of vice-champion in the Continental Hockey League season 2012/2013 - Chelyabinsk "Tractor".
The arena, built in 2009, instantly became the focal point for a huge number of fans. This sports complex boasts of three-storey building with area of 25 thousand square meters. The bleachers can accommodate 7.5 thousand fans.
The Ice court occupies 1.8 thousand square meters, but with its removal in summer 2014, a special coating on the mat was packed for the 2014 World Cup judo. As one can recall, the palace had earlier hosted major nehokkeynye start: 2012 - European Judo Championships in 2013 - Taekwondo tournament RUSSIA OPEN.
All the matches were telecast on huge screens so that the audience did not fail to see anything interesting. And, there was a press centre for those who could not personally get on the podium, equipped with the very latest technology. Information regarding the athletes, the results of the competition, as well as live broadcasts helped keep all who are interested in judo, abreast of the latest developments.
Chelyabinsk Region Governor Mikhail Yurevich said, “Glad to welcome you in the South Urals, the World Judo Championship.
Chelyabinsk school brought many strong wrestlers, and we are proud to honour us host the brightest and most interesting contest. Experience of major international events, we have already gained, I am sure that today will do everything to athletes, judges and fans feel at home and even better. I hope that the World Cup in Chelyabinsk consolidate the status of capital of judo.
I wish all the brilliant victories - and on the mat and in life! Welcome to the South Urals”.
President of the International Judo Federation Marius Vizer addressed,
“Dear fans of judo!
World Championship, which will be held in Chelyabinsk in 2014, will mark the return of the world championships in Russia after 31-year break. It is a fitting reward for their efforts in the development of judo at the national, continental and international levels.
The results obtained by Russian athletes at the Olympic Games in London - is not only an indicator of their efforts, but also the expression of the indomitable desire to achieve goals.
I want to thank the Russian Judo Federation for the successful cooperation with the International Federation and the Government of the Chelyabinsk region and regional federations for their professional approach to the event, creating the best conditions and devotion to judo.
I wish that the participants' views regarding the World Cup judo and justified Chelyabinsk and Chelyabinsk Judo Federation has received satisfaction of outstanding work in organizing the event. The World Judo Championships are the highest level of international judo competition, along with the Olympic judo competition. The championships are held once every year (except the years when the Olympics take place) by the International Judo Federation, and qualified judoka compete in their respective categories as representatives of their home countries. Team competitions have also been held since 1994. The men's championships began in 1956, though the format and periodicity of the championships have changed overtime. The 29th edition of the championships took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2013”.
The first version of the World Judo Championships took place in Tokyo, Japan in 1956. There were no weight classes at that time and Japanese judoka Shokichi Natsui became the first world champion in history, defeating fellow countryman Yoshihiko Yoshimatsu in the final. Two years later, the second world championship was also held in Tokyo with the Japanese winning the top two spots in the competition for the second time. The championship was held outside Japan for the first time, in 1961, and Dutch judoka Anton Geesink defeated the prior world champion, Koji Sone, in Paris, France, to become the first non-Japanese world champion.
The 1965 World Judo Championships held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, introduced weight classes for the first time with the addition of the -68 kg, -80 kg, and +80 kg categories. At the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, Judo had become an Olympic sport and a permanent feature after a brief absence at the 1968 Summer Olympics.
It was not until 1980, women were allowed to participate in the world championships. The foremost women's world championships were held in New York in 1980, and were held in alternating years, thereafter, as the men's championships until the 1987 World Judo Championships in Essen, where the two competitions were merged into one world championship. The combined championships have been held biannually since 1987. The World Judo Championships, in 2005, made its debut on the African continent in Cairo, Egypt. It was decided in the International Judo Federation meeting held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2007 (during the 2007 World Judo Championships),that France would host the world championships for the fifth time in 2011.
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