Hungary set to host major blind judo tournament
Date: February 17, 2015
Eger in Hungary will be the centre of the visually impaired judo world over the coming days as judokas gather from all parts of the world to take part in the IBSA Judo World Cup and Junior World Games 2015.
With the IBSA Judo World Cup featuring as a ranking event for the Rio 2016 Paralympic games, interest in taking part has been phenomenal. Two hundred and five blind and partially sighted judokas representing thirty-two countries are scheduled to compete in the tournament, with back-up from around 100 coaches and support staff.
Twenty-one referees have signed up to participate in an international referees' seminar (18 IJF A referees and 3 IJF B referees), ensuring the highest possible level of officials at this and future championships.
Thirty coaches will take part in an international seminar on coaching, while 125 judokas are set to participate in an international training camp.
IBSA President Jannie Hammershoi will be present to witness the events, in what will be the largest ever competition for athletes with disabilities held in Hungary.
The IBSA Judo World Cup 2015 is also a key event in preparations for the biggest and most important blind judo event this year at the IBSA World Games in Seoul, South Korea, in May.
IJF rules and regulations will be in place and the draw will be made using IJF software. The CARE system will be in use to support referees.
Organised by the Hungarian Paralympic Committee, the IBSA Judo World Cup 2015 will be supported by professional staff from the Hungarian Judo Federation.
The IBSA Judo World Cup will be streamed live – we will provide the links here on www.ibsasport.org closer to the event.